Post 154, Dolce Stamford, and Barcelona Norwalk Close; What’s Next for These Restaurants?

20 Jan

Three restaurants in Fairfield County have closed their doors for good or are just about to . . .  but for some, there’s more in store. Starting off, Post 154 in Westport that we reviewed back in September of 2013 suddenly closed for good on Monday. Although not announced on social media, Post 154 left a note on the door announcing the news. We did confirm with a phone call that they are “closed forever,” as we were told. At this time, we don’t know of any plans of relocating or opening a new restaurant.

A little bit down on I-95 is Barcelona in South Norwalk. This classic and iconic spot signed an agreement with Waypointe that we wrote about back in May of 2015. The agreement was for them to move their restaurant into the surging Waypointe district with other new restaurants to the area such as Colony Grill. It always did seem so far away from happening, but it’s finally about to happen. Next Saturday (1/30) actually marks its final day in business at that particular location. What will go in its place? Some interesting rumors that people have put out there is a Dave & Busters or even a seafood place. Their new location in Waypointe doesn’t have a set opening date yet, but when they are up and running there just might be a celebration to welcome everyone in the neighborhood to their new spot.

Then, even further down 95 and right by the water is Dolce Italiano which started as Dolce Cubano. We feel especially connected to this restaurant because co-owner Nick Racanelli Jr. took us through a tour of the restaurant when it was in shambles due to the previous tenant, we did a preview of the restaurant before opening, and we reviewed it after opening. But, Dolce is now closed, sold to a company who will be opening another Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar. So, one could theoretically eat lunch at Prime in Huntington on Long Island, get into the boat, travel across the sound, then hit up the other Prime in Stamford. In addition, Lugano in Greenwich has been sold and we’ve been told by a reader that Lugano is open under new ownership with the Racanelli shares being sold to former partners. We can say that this certainly isn’t the end of the Racanelli’s spots like Zaza and Molto . . . could we see more hot spots from the Racanelli’s on the way, too? 

Yes, we can: they are already in the midst of opening up Spiga in New Canaan with another partner. 

8 Responses to “Post 154, Dolce Stamford, and Barcelona Norwalk Close; What’s Next for These Restaurants?”

  1. Peter Valis January 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi guys. Love all your posts. It turns out Lugano wasn’t actually sold. Nick Junior and Nick Senior sold their shares to their current partners. From what I understand Lugano will continue business as is. Just an FYI if you wanted to know. Keep up the good work!




  2. Chowdafest Chairman January 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    just heard about Post 154 moments ago as I’m going down to rescue food for local shelters – shame, stunning venue, great food, just not well marketed. Did not know about Barcelona Norwalk which makes some gift cards I got a bit harder to redeem now. You really got to know your niche to make it.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro January 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

      Well, Barcelona is only moving a few blocks away and you can still use your gift card at any location.


      • Rica The Artist January 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

        There are also multiple locations for Barcelona. I, personally, I’m brokenhearted to see the original location for Barcelona clothes. I was there when they first opened, so I’m very sad to see this location go. It was, by far, my favorite. I hope that the new location opens sooner rather than later.

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        • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro January 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

          Yes, isn’t that crazy, Rica? They have so many locations now and their original location will soon be no more. We’ve heard that their spot in Waypointe is pretty amazing, though! It might actually turn into your new favorite! :)


  3. talkavino January 20, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    Barcelona in Norwalk was one of my favorite restaurants – don’t know how the new restaurant will be. And it is often very puzzling when the restaurant just closes seemingly unexpectedly… There is one particularly puzzling location in Stamford, where Rusty Skipper was…



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