Thursday, September 22, 2016
Chef Brian Lewis of Westport’s The Cottage restaurant, widely praised by reviewers, announced today he is expanding it by adding space next door.
An announcement said work began this week on adding 800-square feet to his existing 1,500-square feet in at 256 Post Road East in Colonial Green. The site was formerly Le Farm Restaurant.
“I could not be more grateful for the love and support the Town of Westport and all of Fairfield County and beyond has given to us since we opened nearly a year ago,” said Lewis in the announcement.
“While we have big plans for this additional space, our number one priority is to continue to offer the same comfortable atmosphere, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality that we are proud to be known for.”
Lewis, the former owner and chef of New Canaan’s elm restaurant, opened The Cottage in December 2015. In a review in April, The New York Times gave it a rare “excellent” rating.
Lewis said the restaurant’s bar is growing, allowing Head Bar Keep Adam “to dig into his creativity and happily expand our craft cocktail offerings, wine and spirits program, as well as interact more with our guests relaxing in this expanded space.”
The announcement said The Cottage will maintain its existing entrance and vestibule area, giving guests the option of entering the existing dining room to the left or the new area to the right.
In addition to the large bar, which will be the centerpiece of this open floor plan, there will be several tables to accommodate additional diners or be combined for larger parties, as well as a window seat banquette that will seat up to 10, the announcement said.
“Our entire team will not only be able to express ourselves more through this expanded cocktail program, but also through our cuisine with an expanded kitchen area,” added Lewis.
“We will be offering the same creative food offerings our friends have come to know and love in both the main dining room and the bar area, and I’m very excited to revamp our existing Chef’s Counter to offer guests an even better birds-eye view of my extraordinary team in the kitchen.”
Lewis said this additional legroom now will accommodate large parties.
The restaurant offers dinner service Tuesday-Saturday, and serves both brunch and supper on Sunday’s.
Lewis is also now offering catering services both on and off-site, and with the addition of this square footage, will offer the option to rent out both areas for large on-site events, or just the new, bar space, the announcement said.
The Cottage accepts reservations via OpenTable.com, or by contacting the restaurant at (203)557-3701.
Posted 09/22/16 at 05:14 PM
It’s just a shame that Amalfi was forced out to serve his needs.