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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. Continue reading

CT Food News, Vol. 10: Summer Fun, Wine, Beer, FIFA, Openings + Major Props

26 Jun

Summer’s in gear and it’s about time you got off your ass and did something.  And, with this list of things going on in and around Fairfield County, you better work it.  Um girl, don’t be lazy and stay home…not with so much going on.  Whether you’re talking about food-focused events, beer and wine, world cup action, or Woodmont’s Farmers’ Market, we’ve got a major checklist for you to cross off.  Plus, we’ve got some props to hand out, some opening/closing info, and a sweet little summer getaway idea.

Events

6/26:  The hostess with the most-ess, Anna Zap, will be at Dinosaur Bar-b-que in Stamford for Drinks on the Deck with Leaf Vodka.  The par-tay begins at 5 pm!

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Beer Garden @ Harbor Point Has Final Shindig; Where to Get Beer in Stamford

17 Dec

The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point is having its going away party on Friday, 12/20, starting at 8 pm.  There will be live music and, yes, food trucks (when we get confirmation, we’ll let you know which ones).  Oh, did we mention there will be beer too?

But, it’s not a final farewell, Imian Hospitality continues to look for that perfect new spot.  We wish them lots of luck.  

Don’t despair, though…here are some places in Stamford with lots of taps that don’t serve crap beer:

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Little Pub Opening Third Restaurant in Cos Cob, Greenwich

15 Nov
Artist’s rendering of Little Pub Greenwich, from FB page

Ridgefield got Little Pub in 2009.

Wilton got Little Pub in 2013.

And, damn right, Greenwich is getting Little Pub in 2014.

That’s right.  Little Pub is opening up its third location and has set its sights on Greenwich, more specifically Cos Cob.  Their new location will be located at 531 East Putnam Avenue, the former location of Fonda la Paloma.  We’re gonna miss saying “Fondle my Paloma” every time we pass it now, but that’s okay…Little Pub is coming in.

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Oak + Almond Opens with Chef Jeff Taibe – Norwalk, CT

16 Apr
Oak and Almond Logo Norwalk

The cutest logo in existence EVER!

If you’ve gone into Tuscan Oven Trattoria of Norwalk any time in the past few weeks you probably noticed a big change…namely that it’s not Tuscan Oven anymore.  The restaurant has been reworked and retooled and sitting at the helm is Chef Jeff Taibe, brother of Bill Taibe from LeFarm and The Whelk.  First, let’s start with the name:  Oak + Almond.  Oak and almond wood are used in their wood burning stove.   As many of your BBQ enthusiasts know, using different kinds of wood gives off and imparts different flavors to whatever you’re cooking.  While the oak does have a strong smoke, it doesn’t end up taking over dishes, and the almond wood gives the meat a sweet nutty flavor.

As for the food, you can expect a great portion to be cooked in that beautiful oven, leading Chef Taibe to more traditional ways of cooking.  Along with the oven, you can expect a down to earth kind of vibe and approach to the food, too.  Food will be made from scratch, they’ll be using fresh, organic, and seasonal ingredients, and they’ll be serving it up on a simple menu.

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Two Norwalk Landmark Restaurants Close, Have Plans for Future

20 Jan
The Bynum Burger...'nuff said

The Bynum Burger at Beach Burger

We’re very sad to report that two of the most popular places in Norwalk, and arguably Fairfield County, are now closed for business.  First off, we found out about Beach Burger right before New Year’s.  As we were putting together our year end awards, we needed to look up some info about Beach Burger and noticed the site was down and there was no answer at the restaurant.  Anthony Luciani confirmed our fears, saying that Beach Burger had closed for business.  The location wasn’t providing him with the kind of traffic that he needed for the restaurant to be a success, but there’s still hope.  You can still get a taste of Beach Burger at the seasonally opened Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk and Stamford.  Plus, you never know where a new Beach Burger might pop up. We wish Anthony and his staff lots of luck and know this won’t be the end…not one bit.

Dan, Jeff, and Kristien

Also, we are sad to share that Jeff’s Cuisine in SoNo has closed its doors.  When we hit up The Spread last night, we saw the lights out and we resolved to check into things.  Turns out that Jeff sent a message on FB to all his friends, family, and fans, explaining the closure:  “We will miss the community and the parking tickets (smile), but look forward to re-structuring and to our future opportunities, including on-site catering, special events, cooking demonstrations and personal chef services with Chef Jeff, specializing in southern cuisine.”  Jeff asks if you have any more questions to call him up at (203) 852-0041 or visit his site.  Jeff, like Anthony, is a really nice guy and makes you feel like you’ve been friends forever when you talk.  We wish you and your staff well, Jeff, and look forward to what you’ve got in store for the world next.

So, while Norwalk is missing two great restaurants that served up amazing burgers, shakes, fries, bbq, sweet tea, and sides, we know it’s not the end…we know that it’s just another beginning.

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