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New restaurants springing up

After a relatively quiet winter, the local dining scene is heating up again. The Brick Walk in Fairfield lost two restaurants recently: Liquid Lunch and Vino & Mare. They’ll be replaced, soon, though by two new ethnic restaurants. In the former Liquid Lunch location will be Mecha Noodle Bar. According to the website (, it will be a noodle bar combined with a “trendy, community gastropub.” The menu isn’t on line yet, but no doubt it will be a welcome change from the plethora of Italian restaurants in the area. The former Vino & Mare will be home to Bar-O, “a cantina redefined.” Again, no menu is posted, although the sister restaurant is Mezon in Danbury, which features an array of tapas, sandwiches, salads and entrees. (

In Westport, all eyes are on Rive Bistro, overlooking the Saugatuck River. Owned by Eric Sierra (formerly of Bistro des Amis), will feature classic French recipes like Duck Confit with Fingerling Potato, wild mushrooms and frisee, Moules Frites Provencale and Steak Frites.(299 Riverside Ave., Westport; 203-557-8049;

Lastly, a new organic, seasonal restaurant has just opened in Norwalk. Oak & Almond took over the former Tuscan Oven location and the menu includes dishes such as swordfish crudo with blood orange ponzu, pickled beets and avocado; pork and ricotta meatballs with spicy tomato sauce; and porcini-rubbed rib eye. (544 Main Ave./Route 7, Norwalk; 203-846-4600;