Sunday, April 12, 2009
Comings and Goings: Trattoria to Replace Conte’s
By Dave Matlow
The final papers have yet to be signed, but plans are nearing completion for a new Italian restaurant, Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Trattoria and Bar, to take over the vacated Conte’s Restaurant in Westport’s Saugatuck area.
The former Conte’s Restaurant in Saugatuck will become Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Trattoria and Bar by summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Owner Bill Rizzuto, who also operates similar style eateries in Bethel and West Hartford, said he expects to open at 540 Riverside Ave. by summer.
Rizzuto, formerly the general manager of the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich from 1996 to 2001 and with the same hotel chain in the San Francisco Bay area for two years, moved back to Connecticut in 2003 to enter the restaurant business.
As for opening a new business during the current economic downturn, Rizzuto said he is confident “that people still want to eat out as family entertainment.”
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Comings and Goings: Bridge Market
The Bridge Market in Saugatuck’s Bridge Square—long known as Peter’s Bridge Market—has closed and the deli and salad bar have moved into the nearby Felton’s Fish Market. Westporter Felton Weller had operated the Bridge Market until its closing last month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Cupcakes Are Coming
New York-based graphic designer Lawrence A. El-Amin applies finishing touches today to the windows of the new Westport Crumbs Bake Shop whose grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. Crumbs will give away 1,000 complimentary cupcakes (one per person) on opening day. Founded by the husband and wife team of Jason and Mia Bauer, the business started on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 2003. The Westport shop is located at Taylor Place opposite the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Comings and Goings: Flooring America Closing
After a dozen years in its location, Flooring America will close later this month at 1799 Post Road East, according to a landlord representative. The store is in the Garelick & Herbs strip mall opposite Stop & Shop near the Fairfield line. It is adjacent to Sprout, a children’s clothing store, which also is closing. Al Lenoci Sr, a principal of United Properties of Fairfield, the landlord, said, “It’s unfortunate that so many stores in the area are empty.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Hundreds of shoppers turned out today in the first opening hours of Marshalls Shoe MegaShop at 1076 Post Road East next to Barnes & Noble. The latest addition to the Westport retail scene is 11,000 square feet and features designer name and brand name shoes for ladies, men and kids at up to 50 percent off department and shoe store prices. Parent TJX Companies also owns HomeGoods at 1850 Post Road East. It is also parent company of T.J. Maxx and A.J. Wright. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Terex Donates Emergency Light Tower to Westport
Westport-based Terex Corporation, a world leader in heavy construction equipment manufacturing, has donated a trailer-mounted generator light tower to the Town of Westport’s emergency services, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today.
Westport officials and representatives of Westport-based Terex Corporation show off the new emergency lighting platform the company has donated to the town. Pictured (l-r) are: Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin; Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury; Fred Feuerhake, director, Global Community Relations, Terex; First Selectman Gordon F Joseloff; Tim Ford, president, Terex Aerial Work Platforms; Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, and Deputy Police Chief Gary Golas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“We are deeply indebted to Terex for this gift,” Joseloff said. “Even in these difficult economic times, once again Terex has demonstrated its commitment to be an exemplary corporate citizen in Westport, and we are extremely grateful for its generosity.”
“This piece of equipment will allow Westport Emergency Services to provide high intensity lighting at emergency and non-emergency scenes,” said Fire Chief Christopher Ackley. “The supplementary lighting will ensure the safety of the public and emergency service workers.”
He said having a small, portable lighting unit will free up the need to use larger vehicles such as the rescue truck or an engine company to provide emergency lighting when required.
Comings and Goings: No More Knoyzz
Amid the economic reverberations heard through Westport, the Knoyzz teen apparel shop at 147 Post Road East, across the street from the main Post Office, closed it doors to business on Feb. 20. The Westport-based chain was one of six stores, all of which are now closed according to the owner, Richard Moskowitz of Westport. The other locations were in Greenwich, New Canaan, Glastonbury, Rye Brook and Mt. Kisco. “We’re moving on to the next chapter in our lives,” he said. “This economy is not helping anyone.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
New in Westport: Paw-radise
Another entrepreneurial business, Paw-radise, a dog and cat grooming salon, has opened at 9 Post Road West in Westport. Owner Aleida Kohen, a Fairfield resident shown with her pet Daisy Mae, an 8-year-old Pomeranian, spent her career in wholesale banking but “always wanted to operate the kind of grooming salon that I would want to bring my own dog to.” The Brazilian-born Kohen provides a range of services including grooming and aroma therapy for dogs and cats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sprout Closing on Post Road East
Sprout, a Westport retail store specializing in baby, toddler’s and children’s clothing, is closing after one year in business at 1799 Post Road East in the Garelick and Herbs plaza. The owner, Rebecca Henley, a Fairfield resident, said the store, which opened in March 2008, is closing because of a combination of the slow business climate and a lease dispute. She said the store will close before April 15 and until then everything is 40 to 60 percent off and “we are selling all the fixtures down to the flooring.” Henley, a longtime corporate marketing professional, said she considered opening at another location but “it’s very expensive to do so” in this economic climate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sign of the Times
The vehicle lot at the now defunct Curran Cadillac dealership on Westport’s Post Road East was deserted today—the day the U.S. government called for the resignation of the General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner. Curran closed in February after 40 years in business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Arcudi’s Restaurant Near Opening
A new sign was placed at the soon to be opened Arcudi’s Restaurant at 1035 Post Road East. The owner, former First Selectman Joe Arcudi (inset), said that he hopes to open “in about 10 days.” He said since he may not have a liquor license for a few months, customers will be allowed to bring their own bottles of wine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, March 27, 2009
New in Town: Another Pizza Restaurant—Julian’s
Across the street from the recently closed Conte’s Restaurant in Westport’s Saugatuck area, a new pizza and pasta restaurant, Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, has opened at 539 Riverside Ave. The restaurant, owned by Mike Sias of Stratford, is located in the site formerly occupied by Arthur Avenue Italian specialties. There are two other brick Oven Pizza shops owned by Sias—the original shop in Bridgeport and one in Monroe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Conte’s Closes in Saugatuck, Possibly Moving to Westport Inn
UPDATE In another indication of changing times, Conte’s Restaurant & Grill at 540 Riverside Ave. in the Saugatuck area has closed. A sign on the front door said the restaurant will relocate to the Westport Inn at 1595 Post Road East. But John C. Hunt, Jr., general manager of the Westport Inn, said: “The plans for a restaurant have not been solidified. We’ll have a better idea in mid-April.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Actor James Naughton of Weston was at the Westport Public Library tonight to introduce his friend Riki Ott, author of “Not One Drop—The Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.” Today is he 20th anniversary of the devastating oil spill in Alaska whose damage to the environment is still much in evidence. Ott said ruefully, “Senator Stevens of Alaska promised that ‘not one drop of oil’ would fall on Alaska”—hence the name of her book. Ott is a former Prince William Sound fisherman and longtime activist around the 1989 oil spill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
New in Westport: Integrated Training & Therapies
By Dave Matlow
Another entrepreneurial partnership business is opening in Westport despite the challenging economic climate.
Chris Kiera (l) shows prospective client Doug Shankman (c) of Weston the business’s equipment while Orlando Padilla looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Weston resident Orlando Padilla and Chris Kieras, a Shelton resident, are opening a physical fitness business called Integrated Training & Therapies at 38 Franklin St. in the Saugatuck section. The building formerly housed Westport Electric.
Padilla who says that he has been in the fitness field for 18 years, owned One-on-One Personal Training at nearby 15 Franklin St. from 1991 to 2007 when a flood forced closure of his business.
Kieras has been in the field for 12 years and previously operated US Sports Therapy at 1465 Post Road East.