Greenwich Tavern, Porricelli’s close their doors; Old Greenwich gets retail makeover

Porricelli’s Market sold its last quart of milk in Old Greenwich today after 60 years. Greenwich Tavern served its last martini last night and will re-open in two weeks as a latino bistro.
I am looking forward to King’s, which has a great reputation in New Jersey as a modern grocer. And the owners of Greenwich Tavern are defaulting to their inner calling as successful purveyors of latin cuisine, such as Sonora in Port Chester and Pacifico in New Haven. Hooray! The new restaurant on the Post Road opposite the Mobil station will open Saturday Sept. 29. I’ll be the first in line. King’s will open on Friday Sept. 28.

Meanwhile, Lisa Eisenman has been busy re-making her half of the former Kerr’s Pharmacy on Sound beach Avenue into a flower shop which also will open in late September. That was also the location of a store called Fred, which enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame in the village before calling it quits. A much-needed bakery is slated to take the other half later this year. OG hasn’t been the same since the closing of Beyond Bread. Looking forward to what the new bakery can offer.

The frozen yogurt shop on lower Sound Beach finally opened. Just in time for winter. Timing is everything. Oh well. We now have three frozen yogurt/ice cream joints, five dry cleaners and the ever superfluous Dunkin Donuts which I have never set foot in … and never will.

We have 10 banks in Cos Cob, five dry cleaners in OG. Does this town have a planning department?

Meanwhile, the colossal, half-built edifice next to Feinsod’s shows no activity; the putrid yellow Tybek insulation blinds me every time I drive by. I tried calling the number posted on the fence, but no one ever answers.

Lastly, Arcadia Cafe appears to be in irons, waiting for the right investors who will buy into its vision. I heard a plan to include a game room in the new restaurant. A game room? No wonder they can’t get investors.

So we beat on …

Lincoln Millstein