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New Restaurants – Fairfield, Westport, Stratford


Bon Appetit Creperie

Chipotle Mexican Grill Whole Foods Center

Mandarin Restaurant Black Rock Turnpike near Pizza Palace

Chili 2445 Black Rock Turnpike replacing Lucy’s Kitchen

Tabouli Grill 3381 Post Road Southport, replacing Ole Mole


Pane e Bene 1620 Post Road East, Westport. 203-292-9584

My wife and I ate here last week (outside, which we love). A little pricey, but great food, service and ambience.

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Angelo Capponi and Henry Lopez have a concise vision for what they want their new Westport restaurant, Pane e Bene, to be about: fresh and seasonal.

Located at 1620 Post Road East, Pane e Bene is a tiny treasure box of a restaurant, tucked in at the end of a strip of stores. To be honest, there have been more than a few restaurants in this spot, which some would say is a cursed location. The last restaurant to occupy the space was Vietnamese. Before that, Mexican. But Capponi and Lopez aren’t daunted by the locale’s past and are ready to breathe new life into the eastern end of Westport.

“We had the opportunity to bring our mark to this side of town,” said Capponi. “This is a beautiful dream come true.” Both men previously worked at Tarantino’s, near the Westport Railroad Station, for over a decade.


Parker. Eatery & Bar: 7365 Main St. (203) 212-3200

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Whizzing by on Route 110, you might not notice the name Parker among a long list of businesses in the Stratford Oronoque Plaza. But, owner Patrick Fahey made sure upon walking in, customers will have an unforgettable experience.

“We are the diamond in the rough,” Fahey, 32, of Trumbull, said of his restaurant — Parker. Eatery & Bar — that opened last November.

Fahey started with a design on a napkin and after watching a lot of DIY network, gutted the former Grille & Bar Restaurant and rebuilt it himself.

With vintage Thomas Edison light fixtures, concrete bar and exposed pipes the American-style eatery gets a modern industrial twist. “Since we opened, people are constantly coming in and they’re shocked with what we did with the place,” Fahey said. “It’s fun to see their reaction when they walk in.”

Vazzy’s of Stratford 3355 Main St , Stratford , CT 06614 | 203-375-2776

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A special ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the newly remodeled Vazzy’s of Stratford.

What began as a deli in 1997 before switching to a full-service restaurant two years later now features a new bar and three flat-screen TVs. Forty-five seats have been added to bring the total capacity to 120. The restaurant has expanded into a space that was formerly used as a chiropractic facility and offers a completely remodeled interior.