Tuesday, April 16, 2024



Comings & Goings: Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses Closing

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Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses, 141 Post Road East, will close at the end of the week according to owner Dave Spittal. “We may open another store in the Westport area, maybe New Canaan, Stamford or Greenwich,” he said. He said the Westport store, which opened in September 2012 “is the worst of all our stores—it may be the parking, the model just did not work for us in Westport.” Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses stores are located in New York, Mt. Kisco,  and Beacon, N.Y., Ridgewood and Summit, N.J., as well as Boston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Vine Wine Room Opens

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Vine Wine Room has opened at 190 Main St. in sspace formerly occupied by Luxe Wine Bar, which closed in April. Owner Sammy Alanz and partner Heather Buchheit-Ferrari. Trumbull residents, said this is a soft opening and a grand opening is planned for mid-September. According to Buchheit-Ferrari, the restaurant, which seats 30 inside and 16 on the patio, offers a full bar, appetizers, small plates and plans to add a raw bar. Alanz said menu offerings will expand. Hours are Monday to Thursday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: A.S. Fine Foods to PRW

By Dave Matlow

A.S Fine Foods of Westport will open in October at 361 Post Road West, according to co-owner Albert Pizzirusso, a Westporter.

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A.S. Fine Foods will open at 361 Post Road West in October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The location is in the shopping strip anchored on the east end by People’s United Bank and Kibberia Middle Eastern restaurant on the west. 

Pizzirusso, a Westport resident for the past 15 years and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), class of 1992, is co-owner with Erik Cohen.

Pizzirusso said for 10 years following his graduation from CIA he worked at first class eateries in New York including Four Seasons, Rainbow Room and the Ritz Carlton. 

State Offers Reassurances Over Aid to Bridgewater

By Keith M.Phaneuf


The state Department of Economic and Community Development has responded with reassurances to a recent news report that Westport’s Bridgewater Associates — to which Connecticut just pledged $52 million in economic assistance — is slowing its hiring.

DECD spokesman Jim Watson said that the hedge fund still must comply with several job retention and creation benchmarks over the next five years, or risk the loss of as much as $17 million.

“All companies in all industries are subject to business fluctuations,” Watson said in a statement. “All experience periods of acceleration and slowdowns in hiring. DECD recognizes that fact and takes a longer-term approach in its agreements with companies.”

The state committed $22 million in bonding on May 27 to help the fund – which manages about $150 billion in assets – expand facilities in Westport, Wilton and Norwalk.

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Comings & Goings: New Eatery at Old Town Hall

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Bill Taibe and partner Massimo Tullio are planning a new restaurant in Westport’s Old Town Hall, 90 Post Road East. Taibe, who brought Le Farm, The Whelk, and Kawa Ni to Westport, is not certain of the format but, according to ctbites.com, he suggested the new menu might be “a celebration of classic tavern grub and drink.” Opening is projected for sometime late this year. The space was formerly occupied by Spruce Home & Garden. The lower level of the building houses Rothbard Ale + Lager, which describes itself as a “premiere European Gastropub,” offering dishes and drinks inspired by the Central European regions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Nostalgic Visit

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It was a nostalgic visit today to the now shuttered Oscar’s on Main Street for sisters (l-r) Ali Pappageorge, 44, and Melissa, 41, With them was Melissa’s daughter Taylor, 15, an 11th grade student at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School. Melissa said her father, Lee, Oscar’s owner, is getting stronger every day at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he is battling lung cancer. A real estate sign saying the space is available for lease went up in the front window today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Landmark Gone Dark

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Oscar’s was almost hard to recognize late Sunday night after its Westport Main Street closing earlier in the day after 42 years. A sign on the front door gave a phone number for “any inquiries/vendor questions.”  A Facebook posting said: “Our family would like to thank all of our supportive customers. You held us up today, and we want to thank you for that.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Oscar’s: Main Street Icon for 42 Years

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Tonight’s announced closing on Monday of Oscar’s Deli marks the end of a 42-year run for the Main Street icon and the last mom and pop store on the street. Owner Lee Papageorge, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer several months ago and is undergoing treatment at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

New Name, Logo, for Westport’s Oldest Business

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There is a new name and logo for Westport’s Gault Energy & Stone, Westport’s oldest business. Founded in 1863, the company today unveiled a new name – Gault Family Companies – and said the new “G” logo reflects its rebranded lines of businesses—Energy & Home Solutions, Stone & Landscape Supplies, and Properties & Development. “Our new logo and expanded corporate structure captures our rich history and reveals our ambitious plans for the future,” said Sam Gault, the fifth generation Gault to head the company. Pictured with Gault (c ) are (l-r) Megan Donaher, sales coordinator and sixth generation, Bill Gault, chairman of the board and fourth generation, Meredith Donaher, marketing director and sixth generation, and Jim Donaher, vice president, fifth generation and father of Megan and Meredith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo