Sunday, February 23, 2014
Westport Pizzeria: Heartfelt Memories and Optimism
By James Lomuscio
It was about 10 p.m. today when Carmelo Mioli walked into Westport Pizzeria, which he has owned for 45 years on Main Street, for the last time. He walked slowly, taking in memories, getting choked up with each step.
Brothers Joe (l) and Carmelo Mioli tonight at the new home of Westport Pizzeria, 143 Poat Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
He stopped near the pizza oven. After hundreds of thousands of pies over the years, the last one came out at 9:15 p.m. He stared at the oven, gently tapped it a few times, and then he welled up.
“This is too emotional for me,” said Mioli, known for years around town as Mel.
He and his brother Joe first opened the place at 107 Main St. on Columbus Day 1968, serving up pizza and Italian dinners to generations of Westporters.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Moving Day for Francois du Pont Jewelers
It was moving day today for Francois du Pont Jewelers after almost 32 years on Main Street. The store will reopen April 1 at 6 Sconset Square. The jewelry store and neighboring Westport Pizzeria are moving to make way for Athleta, a division of GAP Inc., which is also taking the space on the other side of Francois du Pont Jewelers formerly occupied by Kate Spade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 21, 2014
Final Days on Main Street
Black bag pizza warmers sit on the counter at Westport Pizzeria today as the countdown to closing was under way after 45 years at 107 Main St. The Westport pizza institution will close Sunday and reopen Monday at its new home at 143 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dve Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, February 20, 2014
New Home of Westport Pizzeria is Ready
UPDATE (changes reopening date) Westport Pizzeria sells its last slice on Sunday at its 45-year location at 107 Main St. before reopening Monday at its new location at 143 Post Road East (above). Owner Mel Mioli said he is looking forward to the move as it will allow for an expanded menu and the addition of wine and beer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Du Pont Jewelers Donates Safe to Police Department
Noel du Pont, owner of Francois du Pont Jewelers, 105 Main St., said he is donating the store’s security safe to the Westport Police Department, which, he explained, plans to relocate it for use in its evidence room. The jeweler closes its business on Main Street on Friday and will reopen at 6 Sconset Square on April 1. Reminiscing about the origin of the safe, du Pont said his father, Francois, acquired the safe for his Bridgeport jewelry shop in the 1950s. In 1975, when the business relocated to Westport in the Dickinson Building on Post Road East across from the old main post office, the safe was relocated to that space. Then, in March 1982, after the Dickson Building subsequently burned down, the store relocated to its current location in August 1982. “The safe is a gift to the town,” he said. “We’re all happy. A piece of us will always be in the town now.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Internal Medicine Group Links Up With Norwalk Hospital
Internal Medicine Associates of Westport (IMAW) has joined Norwalk Hospital Physicians and Surgeons, the employed physician group of Norwalk Hospital, it was announced today. Explaining the move, Jay Horn, IMAW president, said: “Our doctors can concentrate on the day-to-day care of patients and let a larger organization deal with the administrative tasks that frequently distract doctors from patient care tasks.” Pictured are the IMAW physicians (back row, l-r) Robert Teltser, Jay Horn, Nina Karol, and Robert Altbaum; (front row) David Baum, Jill Denowitz, and Robert Dresdner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Comings & Goings: Patio.Com Moving
Patio.com, 645 Post Road East, the outdoor furniture and patio accessories store, will relocate to 919 Post Road East, by mid-March according to store manager Kim Currie. The new site was the 71-year home of Cedar Brook Cafe which was demolished three years ago (see WestportNow Feb., 16, 2011). “We’ve been at this location for about 20-25 years,” Currie said. “Our lease was up for renewal and it seemed like the right time to relocate.” She said the new space “is beautifully designed, has high ceilings—it really kicks things up a notch.” Currie said there are 14 Patio.com stores along the East Coast, three in Connecticut—Greenwich, Ridgefield and Westport. Co-owned by Westporters Dave and Phil Ross and their brother Mitch, a Darien resident, Patio.com’s main warehouse, showroom and corporate offices are in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 14, 2014
Ready for Business
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Comings & Goings: BCBGMAXAZRIA Out, Sperry Top-Sider In
The women’s apparel store BCBGMAXAZRIA at Westport’s 56 Main St. (center store) has closed. An employee of a nearby retail store said the inventory and fixtures were moved to its Trumbull location. “They ran a sale for one week and then they were gone,” the employee said. She said that Sperry Top-Sider, a shoe and apparel retail business, plans to move into the location. Sperry Top-Sider has its closest retail store in White Plains, N.Y., while other retailers closer sell its merchandise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck Sweets Open for Valentine Shopping
Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave. in the Saugatuck Center space previously occupied by Saugatuck Craft Butchery, opened for the first time today from noon - 4 p.m. to feature Valentine gift packages.The store is co-owned by Al DiGuido, (r, wearing apron), founder of Al’s Angels, and Pete Romano, president of Landtech, a Westport-based engineering consulting company. (See WestportNow, Jan. 27, 2014.) “We have a special opening on Feb 9, 13 and 14 to sell Valentine flower and sweets gift baskets,” DiGuido said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Comings & Goings: Pompanoosuc Mills Opens Officially on PRW
Pompanoosuc Mills, the Vermont-based handcrafted furniture store previously located in the Barnes and Noble shopping center on Post Road East for 10 years, today celebrated its full occupancy at its new location at 222 Post Road West with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by First Selectman Jim Marpe and Pompanoosuc Mills’ newly appointed store manager, Mike Grob. Pompanoosuc Mills staff member, Dorothy Corona, said, “When we moved here in November it was makeshift. We could only occupy half the store while the other half was under construction.” In its new space, the store replaces Capel Rugs which relocated to the second floor and Pocker Frames which moved down one door. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Comings & Goings: Grilled Cheese Eatery to PRE
By Dave Matlow
A new “mostly take-out and delivery” casual food establishment, Grilled Cheese Eatery, will open at 772 Post Road East this month, according to co-owner Ivanina Donneaux.
The upscale grilled cheese eatery is expected to open this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport space is located adjacent to just-closed Great Cakes.The owners, Belgian-born Henri and Bulgarian-born Ivanina Donneaux, opened their first Grilled Cheese Eatery at 57 Unquowa Road, Fairfield in October 2013, having converted their Cafe Lola space into the new food concept.
She describes the menu as “for the sophisticated palate, even though our basic offering is grilled cheese.”
“Our menu features short ribs with truffle sauce, Cuban sandwiches buffalo wings, barbecued ribs and even a mac ‘n cheese grilled cheese which customers often describe as ‘heaven in my mouth,’” Donneaux said.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Farewell to Great Cakes
Signs adorned the exterior of Great Cakes on Post Road East today after the bakery closed for good. “We don’t know who posted them,” said owner Rick Dickinson’s wife, Susan. “They were here when we arrived.” Customers crowded the store and bought up almost all the remaining goods, some vowing to freeze cakes until a future occasion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Last Ones
End of a Sweet Era
Scenes from today’s closing day of Great Cakes in Westport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com