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Friday, June 01, 2012

Comings and Goings: French Bakery to PRE

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The Aux Delices French bakery and cafe opened at 1035 Post Road East, formerly Arcudi’s restaurant. The new Westport location for Aux Delices, owned by Greenwich residents Greg Addonizo and his wife Debra Ponzek, is their fourth cafe in Fairfield County. Addonizio said that the new cafe seats 45 indoors, where it features a large bakery and selection of gourmet foods, and 25 at its outdoor patio.  He said the hours of the bakery and foods shop are 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and tables will be served from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  He describes the ambience of his four locations as “cafes with gourmet food and a bakery team of 15 chefs.” Having started the business in Riverside in 1995 with his wife, he said that their other similar establishments are located in Greenwich (opened in 2000) and Darien (2004). In addition, there is a commissary in Stamford where they offer adult and children’s cooking classes. Addonizio said Aux Delices also offers the option of conducting cooking classes in the privacy of homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Comings and Goings: Italian Restaurant to Riverside Ave.

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A new Italian restaurant, Arezzo, will open at Westport’s 5 Riverside Ave. “hopefully in late July,” according to Daniel Saat (above) who co-owns the business with Adele Dezlinnocenti, both New York residents. Saat said the restaurant, which will provide valet parking, will feature prime steaks, seafood and pasta with a northern Italy influence and a full wine list. The 3,200-square feet location will have seating for 80 diners inside and 24 diners outside “with a river view,” he added. “We always wanted to open a restaurant in Westport,” Saat said. “We could have opened in South Norwalk but Westport is where we want to be.”  The prior occupant was Napoli Sul Fume which closed in December 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Old Post Office to Become Spacious Restaurant

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE (adds additional broker information) A new restaurant in Westport’s old post office at 154 Post Road East will feature a sweeping bar, banquet rooms, and outdoor dining, according to broker Franco Fellah. WestportNow.com Image
The new restaurant will feature a sweeping bar on the main floor, outdoor dining, and private basement banquet rooms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Fellah, executive vice president of Westport’s HK Group, said the deal was completed last week for the 4,650-square foot main floor and 4,200-square foot lower level.

Fellah represented the landlord, Ansley Westport Partners, LLC, and Sharon Maddern of David Adam Realty represented the tenant, 154 Post LLC. Construction is expected to take at least six months.

Fellah did not identify the restaurant principals or the type of restaurant planned for the 1935-built structure. Ansley Westport Partners, an Atlanta-based investment group, purchased the property last May for $2.35 million. A representative said after the purchase he hoped it would “enhance” Westport’s future. (See WestportNow May 21, 2011)

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Open for Business

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Westport shoppers took advantage today of the option to purchase beer, wine and other spirits on the first holiday Sunday in Connecticut since the state’s Sunday sales ban was recently lifted. An employees at Castle Wine and Spirits, 1439 Post Road East, said, “My gut feeling is that customer activity on Saturday was less than other Memorial Day weekends because people could spread out their purchases over Saturday and Sunday for the holiday weekend.” Castle, whose Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., was also open for business last Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Comings and Goings: Intermix Apparel to Main Street

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Intermix, a women’s apparel and accessories shop, will open at the end of August or early September at 51 Main St., between BlueMercury2 and Lucky Brand shops, in the space previously occupied by the children’s apparel store, Janie and Jack that closed in April (see WestportNow May 4, 2012).  The Westport shop will be Intermix’s second location in Connecticut having opened at 325 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich in April 2011, according to an employee at the Greenwich store. According to its website, Intermix locations are in 10 states, the District of Columbia and Toronto, Ontario. The flagship location for the New York-based company is at 1003 Madison Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings and Goings: Allen Edmonds to Main Street

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Another national retailer is headed for Westport’s Main Street. Allen Edmonds, a premium retailer of quality shoes and accessories, has leased 2,000 square feet of space at 69 Main St., said Anthony Malkin, president of Malkin Properties. The retailer will open in August, he said, and its immediate neighbors will be Nike and Theory, which signed leases with Malkin Properties in 2011. “This transaction further validates Westport’s Main Street and the appeal of Main Street to quality retailers who desire the pedestrian shopping experience it offers,” Malkin said. The three adjacent spaces had formerly been occupied by Gap Stores which consolidated into one building at 125 Main St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Comings and Goings: Mideast Dining to Former Firehouse

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UPDATE A popular Fairfield restaurant, Safita, specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, is expanding to 6 Wilton Road in Westport “hopefully in June,” according to its owner Kheder (“Kody”) Hassoun. A native of Syria, Hassoun said he emigrated to the United States at age 2 with his parents. He opened Safita at 2217 Post Road, Fairfield in October 2010. “It was our first venture into the restaurant business,” he said. “My mother was the chef. Now we have customers in line some nights waiting for a table.” He said the success prompted him to expand to the former Vigilant Hose Co. No. 3 firehouse. “About half our customers are from the Westport-Weston-Wilton area,” he said. He expects to have seating for 50 plus 10 seats at a full bar and some outdoor seating. He said he has not yet settled on a name for the Westport location. Built in 1841, the firehouse was at one time used as a homeless shelter, then in the early 90s as De Rosa’s Brick Oven Pizza, and more recently as a kitchen fixture store. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Comings and Goings: White Birch Studio Opens

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White Birch Studio, a fine home design business, opened at 3 Sconset Square near Christ & Holy Trinity Church. The owner, Weston resident Susan Anderson, said a grand opening celebration with live music entertainment open to the public is planned for June 7 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  She said regular business hours are Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The 1,700 square feet shop was formerly occupied by Rockwell Art and Framing which relocated to 236 Post Road East in January 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Gupta’s Insider-Trading Trial Begins in NY

The insider-trading trial of Westporter Rajat Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs director, began in New York today with a U.S. prosecutor saying he “threw away his duties” by divulging bank secrets to hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. WestportNow.com Image
Rajat Gupta: prosecutor says he “threw away his duties.” File photo

With Gupta’s wife Anita and their four adult daughters watching from a front row, the defense countered that the government had no direct evidence.

Gupta, 63, a native of India who lives with his family in Westport’s Greens Farms area, is the most prominent corporate executive charged in a U.S. government crackdown on insider trading in recent years.
Galleon Group founder Rajaratnam, a business associate of Gupta, was convicted of insider trading a year ago and is serving an 11-year prison term.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Reed Brodsky told the jury that Gupta broke the law when, immediately after a Goldman Sachs board meeting on Sept. 23, 2008, he informed Rajaratnam that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. would invest $5 billion in the firm. Rajaratnam traded on the tip, Brodsky said.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Two Top-Ten Shopper Marketing Agencies Merge

Two marketing agency subsidiaries of Westport-based Hyper Marketing, Inc. (HMI) are merging.

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The company announced today that leading shopper marketing agencies Catapult Marketing and RPM Connect will join to create CatapultRPM, a behavior-based marketing services agency, with headquarters at 55 Post Road West. The new company employs 90 people in Westport.

CatapultRPM combines the brand advocacy strengths of Catapult with the retailer intimacy expertise of RPM Connect to drive brand growth through both shopper and retailer channels, an announcement said.

“The changing world of the shopper has inspired the need for a radically new kind of shopper marketing agency that can deliver omni-channel solutions that are brand savvy, retailer smart and digitally enabled,” said Paul Kramer, president of HMI. 

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Comings and Goings: Two-Week ‘Pop-Up’ on PRE

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TThe trend toward utilization of unoccupied storefront properties continues in Westport with the short-time arrival of Leftover Luxuries at 877 Post Road East, next door to Radio Shack. The pop-up shop, which provides a “gap between auction houses and tag sales,” is open from June 8 to 24.  Hours 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Pizza to Go Now Staying

By James Lomuscio

In the latest spin on downtown pizza, Westport Pizzeria is staying put at 107 Main St., its home since Columbus Day 1968, owner Carmelo Mioli said today.

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Mel Mioli chats with an employee at Westport Pizzeria, a Main Street mainstay since 1968. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Mioli had originally planned to relocate to 143 Post Road East, occupying the first floor of a building he had purchased as an investment in January. The reason for the move, Mioli said, was exorbitant Main Street rent and the need to be his own landlord.

Mioli’s plan was to have Westport Pizzeria occupy the space used by Joe’s Pizza at 143 Post Road East, the lease for which expires at the end of this month.

But this past week upon returning from Milan where he had visited his son, Francesco, who is studying abroad, Mioli had some good news waiting. Hiis landlord Malkin Properties, which owns the Empire State Building as well as myriad Connecticut holdings, had offered him a new Main Street lease Mioli said was acceptable. His present lease is up in December.

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Library Hosts Culinary Entrepreneur

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The Westport Public Library tonight presented the second in its series “Insights from Entrepreneurs” with Westporter Rick Smilow, president and principal owner of New York’s Institute of Culinary Education. He was interviewed by journalist and NPR contributor Alison Freedland. In 2011, Smilow, who went through the Westport school system, was named Entrepeneur of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. “At 19 or 20 I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur,” he said. He added that he was likely influenced by his successful father, Joel Smilow, retired chairman and CEO of Playtex Products, Inc. and philanthropist, who was in the audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Learning Small Business Best Practices

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Fairfield County Business Connections, a local business networking group, met today at Painter’s Supply, which occupies the space formerly used by Brandman’s Paint in Westport’s Compo Shopping Center. Bill Hagan, manager of Painter’s Supply, addressed the group about best practices for successful operation of a small business. Most members of Fairfield County Business Connections are owners of small businesses. For information about membership contact Priscilla Hawk, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carmine Picarello for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Comings and Goings: Pizza Switch on Main Street

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UPDATE The Westport downtown pizza scene is about to undergo a major change. Joe’s Pizza, 143 Post Road East, owned by Wilton resident Joe Canicatti, will relocate in June to 190 Main St. in the Main Street Commons shopping strip, according to manager John Vukel.  He said that Joe’s Pizza has occupied its current location for six years. Its building has been purchased by Mel Mioli, owner of Westport Pizzeria at 107 Main St., one of the street’s icons for the past 43 years, which will relocate there, he said. However, Mioli later said Westport Pizzeria will remain where it is, and he will seek another tenant for 143 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Author Optimistic About U.S. Economy

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Westporter Daniel Gross told a Westport Public Library audience tonight he is optimistic about the U.S. economy. A former editor at Newsweek, he wrote the “Contrary Indicator” column, which he now writes for Yahoo! Finance. A member of the library board, he talked about his new book—his seventh—“Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Economic Decline.” “I look at the economy from the perspective of private vs. public institutions and from the view of an American historian, not an economist,” he said. He recalled that it wasn’t very long ago when Japan was the rising star, complaining about U.S. economic mismanagement and buying up iconic N.Y. skyscrapers and California golf courses. Today the Japanese are totally discouraged by their stagnation, he said. Now China is being held out as the star, despite its poverty in the backcountry, escalating labor costs, and energy starvation. He cited numerous examples where the United States is in better shape than China and Japan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bridgeport Coal Plant Under Scrutiny

By Neena Satija

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More than 150 people crowded into a room in the Bridgeport City Hall Annex Monday night to weigh in on Bridgeport Harbor Station’s request to renew its five-year operating permit, which expired earlier this year.

Environmentalists have been trying for years to shut down the coal operations at the station, which is owned by the Newark-based Public Service Electric & Gas. This may be their best chance, said John Calandrelli, program director for the Sierra Club’s local chapter.

“This is the first, big, major step in what we believe will be, hopefully, a short fight to convince them to not only retire this plant but to revitalize Bridgeport,” Calandrelli said.

PSE&G insists that the plant’s coal operations are among the cleanest in the nation.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Comings and Goings: Apparel Shop to Sconset Square

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Akram men’s and women’s apparel will open at 9 Sconset Square across from the Christ & Holy Trinity Church sometime next week, according to co-owners Akram Enany and his wife Seham Ibrahim. (With them is marketing manager Elena Sarn.) The couple previously owned the [email protected] store at 141 Post Road East (see WestportNow April 15, 2012).  Enany said store hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon to Wednesday and until 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Sconset Square space was formerly occupied by Green Earth Design. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Welcomes a New Retailer


Terrain Westport, a unit of Urban Outfitters, Inc.,  hosted a VIP opening eve party tonight to show off its new store on Post Road East on the former Curran Cadillac property. It is only the second Terrain store for the company—the first is in suburban Philadelphia. The Westport store employs about 75 full and part-time personnel. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Comings and Goings: Bottlerocket Wine Opening in June

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Bottlerocket, a New York wine and spirits shop, will open a Westport branch in late June, according to founder/owner Tom Geniesse, at Westport’s 1790 Post Road East in the former Rugged Bear space in the shopping center anchored by Stop & Shop. According to the Bottlerocket website, Geniesse, who was in Westport today overseeing the new store’s renovations, opened his first Bottlerocket shop in 2006 at 5 W. 19th St. in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. New York Magazine said of the store: “If Romper Room carried wine, it would look like this. The philosophy is wine buying made fun and easy—all 350-or-so choices are arranged by country along one wall, then redistributed in central kiosks as partners for food (chicken to takeout) or by style or value (cheap to cheapest).” It notes that the store has a play area that keeps tots occupied during browsing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Liquor Sales Should Begin by May 20

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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Connecticut residents could be shopping for beer and liquor on Sundays as soon as May 20, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today at a post-legislative session press conference.

The governor told reporters that the bill legalizing Sunday sales had not arrived on his desk yet. But he quickly added that by early next week he expects to have received the measure, given it a final review and signed it.

Malloy made his remarks at the first of three post-session press conferences scheduled today by him, House and Senate Republicans, and Senate Democrats.

House Democrats, for the first time in recent memory, are not holding a press conference by themselves or with Democrats in the Senate. The session ended with favored bills of Democratic leaders dying from inaction.

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Terrain Working Down to Wire for Opening

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Work was at a feverish pitch today at Terrain Westport, the new Urban Outfitters Inc.-owned store opening Friday on Post Road East in the former Curran Cadillac showroom. Workers were rushing to be ready for a VIP opening eve reception tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings and Goings: Ring’s End Opens on PRE

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Ring’s End, the retailer of lumber, millwork and building supplies, has opened a specialty paint center at 877 Post Road East in the space formerly occupied by Sports Collectables in the retail strip housing Radio Shack at the intersection with the Sherwood Island Connector.  According to the store manager, Daniel Vasconez, the 2,500-square foot Westport store will announce a ceremonial grand opening at a later date. Store hours are Monday - Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CEO David Campbell is a former first selectman of Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 04, 2012

Comings and Goings: Janie and Jack Closes

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Westport’s Main Street has lost another retailer with the closing of the Janie and Jack children’s apparel shop at 51 Main St.. A sign in the window requests that customers visit them at their other two Fairfield County locations—Greenwich Ave, Greenwich and Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury. Other Janie and Jack locations in Connecticut are in West Hartford and Farmington. The Gymboree Corp., a California-based company, is a specialty retailer operating stores selling high-quality apparel and accessories for children under the Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8 brands, as well as play programs for children under the Gymboree Play and Music brand, and women’s clothing and accessories under the Shade brand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Toy Entrepreneur Kicks Off Library Series

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The first in a series of programs at the Westport Public Library called “Insights From Entrepreneurs: Creating and Growing Businesses That Thrive” began tonight with successful entrepreneur, longtime Westporter Doug Bernstein. The co-owner with his wife Melissa of Wilton-based Melissa and Doug toy manufacturers was interviewed by Journalist and NPR reporter Alison Freeland in the McManus Room. Bernstein noted that he once interned for Jim McManus, the former Marketing Corp. of America CEO for whom the room is named. “He was a great influence in my life,” Bernstein said. “Now 25 years later I am talking to you here in the McManus Room.” Of his career choice, he said: “I always wanted to be in education. I wanted to do things for children. So did Melissa.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Terrain: Rush to Open on May 9

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Work was going on at high speed today at Terrain Westport aiming at a May 9 opening before Mother’s Day. The new Urban Outfitters Inc.-owned shop for eco-friendly growing supplies, home and garden décor, furniture, as well as locally sourced and prepared artisan foods is located in the former Curran Cadillac space on Post Road East. The new store will employ about 75 people, according to Matt Horn, Terrain general manager. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Taking a Break

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Terrain General Manager Matt Horn (l) and Creative Director Greg Lehmkuhl take a break from the set up activities today at the former Curran Cadillac space on Post Road East. The Urban Outfitters Inc.-store will open May 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Transformation for a Former Car Showroom Space


A photo sneak preview of Terrain Westport, the new Urban Outfitters Inc.-owned store opening May 9 in the former Curran Cadillac space on Post Road East. General Manager Matt Horn said the Westport store is only the second of its kind. “Our first is located in Glen Mills, Pa., in the Philadelphia area not far from the main offices of Urban Outfitters,” he said. Added Creative Director Greg Lehmkuhl: “There are no other stores like this anywhere. We blend the outside and inside. It’s for people who love gardening and nature.” Site contractor Jay Kowalsky, president of Westport’s Kowalsky Brothers, said more than 200 workers are involved in the rush to get ready for the opening. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Comings and Goings: Papadum Opens in Saugatuck

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Papadum Indian Restaurant has opened in Bridge Square in Westport’s Saugatuck area. The owner, Prakash Nath, a native of Nepal and now a resident of Norwalk, owns three other restaurants in Connecticut—in Fairfield, Stamford and Guilford.  Nath said that he changed the name of his Bridge Square restaurant from Indian Rasol (see WestportNow, March 19, 2012 ) to Papadum because there is a restaurant in Norwalk with a similar name and wanted to avoid confusion. Papadum seats about 32-34, has a full service bar, and serves cuisine of India that is influenced by both the north (“richer in flavor and milder”) and south (“more spicy.”) The site formerly was Henry’s Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Comings and Goings: Liquor Locker to Reopen Next Week

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The Liquor Locker wine and spirits shop, formerly located at Westport’s 68 Main St. for the past 44 years, will open next week at its new location in the Compo Shopping Center, 411 Post Road East, according to owner Harvey Skolnick.  The new shop, which still awaits delivery of it outdoor signage, is between European Wax Center and Painters Supply. Skolnick said in January that the rent for the same amount of space—about 1,100 square feet—will be about half of what he has paid on Main Street and will have better parking in both the front and back. (See WestportNow Jan. 10, 2012) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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