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Chef Mike Pietrafeso at Roost in Darien Monday.
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Roost opened its doors to customers on Jan. 29, 2018 in Darien.
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Roost opened its doors to customers on Jan. 29, 2018 in Darien.
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Krista and Mike Pietrafeso outside of Roost, located on 1950 Post Road in Darien, CT on Dec. 5, 2017.
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Krista and Mike Pietrafeso inside their future restaurant, Roost, in Darien, CT on Dec. 5, 2017.
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Mike Pietrafeso and the construction work at Roost in Darien, CT on Dec. 5, 2017.
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Dockside - Milford

The project, moving now through the city and state review process, is slated for a nearly 3-acre parcel on the Housatonic River at 40-50 Bridgeport Ave., just over the Washington

Dockside - Milford

The project, moving now through the city and state review process, is slated for a nearly 3-acre parcel on the Housatonic River at 40-50 Bridgeport Ave., just over the Washington bridge from Stratford. Read more.

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Foundation Rx - Brookfield

Foundation Rx has opened at 540 Federal Road, at the entrance to the new Oak Meadows townhouse development. Foundation Rx opened last month and offers vitamins, supplements and

Foundation Rx - Brookfield

Foundation Rx has opened at 540 Federal Road, at the entrance to the new Oak Meadows townhouse development. Foundation Rx opened last month and offers vitamins, supplements and other products for healthy living. Read more.

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Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen & Bar roof - Norwalk
SKAL Restaurant Group is planning a rooftop deck for its Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen & Bar, under construction at 14-16 Main St. The building
Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen & Bar roof - Norwalk
SKAL Restaurant Group is planning a rooftop deck for its Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen & Bar, under construction at 14-16 Main St. The building once housed Avrick Furniture at the corner of Washington Street in South Norwalk. Read more.
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The Naan - Westport
The Naan is currently hiring for a planned Indian fusion restaurant and bar at 361 Post Road West in Westport on the Norwalk line, where the Middle Eastern cafe Kibberia closed in August
The Naan - Westport
The Naan is currently hiring for a planned Indian fusion restaurant and bar at 361 Post Road West in Westport on the Norwalk line, where the Middle Eastern cafe Kibberia closed in August 2016. Read more.
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Spavia - Stamford
Spavia, a national spa franchiser, is set open later this year a center at 300 Atlantic St., in downtown Stamford, Conn. Read more.
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Blue Mercury - Greenwich
Luxury cosmetic and beauty brand Blue Mercury, which is owned by Macy’s, has plans to open a storefront on Greenwich Avenue. Read more.
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Juddy's Place

This sports bar and cafe is slated to open soon along Route 7 near the Ridgefield line. The permittee, Daniel Mulvihill, was granted a provisional liquor permit by the Connecticut Department
Juddy's Place

This sports bar and cafe is slated to open soon along Route 7 near the Ridgefield line. The permittee, Daniel Mulvihill, was granted a provisional liquor permit by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection on Nov. 14, 2017.

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Rich Farm Ice Cream - Brookfield

Rich Farm Ice Cream is set to open in Brookfield. Dave and Dawn Rich opened the original Rich Farm Ice Cream in Oxford on July 3, 1994, and the business has become an

Rich Farm Ice Cream - Brookfield

Rich Farm Ice Cream is set to open in Brookfield. Dave and Dawn Rich opened the original Rich Farm Ice Cream in Oxford on July 3, 1994, and the business has become an institution, drawing customers from miles around. Read more.

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The Blind Rhino - Bridgeport

After three years of running the Blind Rhino, owners Casey Dohme, Matt Bacco and Jamie Pantanella are looking to add their downtown Norwalk vibe to the Black Rock mix. they

The Blind Rhino - Bridgeport

After three years of running the Blind Rhino, owners Casey Dohme, Matt Bacco and Jamie Pantanella are looking to add their downtown Norwalk vibe to the Black Rock mix. they hope to open this summer. Read more.

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Brick Walk Tavern - Fairfield
Brick Walk Tavern is set to open in Fairfield this summer. Read more.
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Burgerim - Brookfield
Burgerim will open in June at 7 Federal Road in Brookfield, adjacent to the new Dunkin Donuts. It will be the first Burgerim franchise in Connecticut. Read more.
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Factory Bar & Grill - Stamford

The Factory Bar & Grill made its soft opening in June at 261 Main St. in Stamford, filling a downtown space that had stood empty for more than a year. Read

Factory Bar & Grill - Stamford

The Factory Bar & Grill made its soft opening in June at 261 Main St. in Stamford, filling a downtown space that had stood empty for more than a year. Read more.

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Rolling Cow - Danbury

Rolling Cow opened its first Connecticut ice cream stand in June at Danbury Fair mall, featuring a technique in which fresh custard is poured onto a frozen surface, with preparers

Rolling Cow - Danbury

Rolling Cow opened its first Connecticut ice cream stand in June at Danbury Fair mall, featuring a technique in which fresh custard is poured onto a frozen surface, with preparers then spading in ingredients before rolling the treat into a spiral. Read more.

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Fifi & Bella - Greenwich
Young fashion and lifestyle boutique Fifi & Bella opened at 50 Greenwich Ave. in May. The shop offers a unique selection of girls and young contemporaries clothing and
Fifi & Bella - Greenwich
Young fashion and lifestyle boutique Fifi & Bella opened at 50 Greenwich Ave. in May. The shop offers a unique selection of girls and young contemporaries clothing and accessories, along with client services and workshops. Read more.
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Equinox - Southport

Equinox Southport opened June 1. It is located at 233 Old Post Road, the site of the former Southport Athletic Club which was razed to make way for the three-floor Equinox gym with

Equinox - Southport

Equinox Southport opened June 1. It is located at 233 Old Post Road, the site of the former Southport Athletic Club which was razed to make way for the three-floor Equinox gym with views of Long Island Sound. Read more.

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California Tortilla - Stamford

In May, California Tortilla took over an approximately 2,500-square-foot space that previously housed a Subway sandwich shop. Read more.

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Ma - Stamford
Ma opened in May in a new 3,500-square-foot storefront at 485 Summer St., representing what he says is Fairfield County’s first Korean barbecue restaurant. Read more.
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Captain John’s Tiki Tours & Boat Rentals - Stamford
Norwalk resident John Davis launched in May in Stamford his Captain John’s Tiki Tours & Boat Rentals, offering three excursion
Captain John’s Tiki Tours & Boat Rentals - Stamford
Norwalk resident John Davis launched in May in Stamford his Captain John’s Tiki Tours & Boat Rentals, offering three excursion options including floating tiki bars that can accommodate up to a half-dozen patrons as they meander through the harbor. Read more.
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The Factory Bar & Grill- Stamford

Opened Tuesday, June 5 at 261 Main St. in downtown Stamford. Read more
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Charter Oak Brewery - Danbury

The new Danbury building , which opened in May, has a five-barrel system and a 20-barrel system each producing the fresh, handcrafted beers for which the brand has become

Charter Oak Brewery - Danbury

The new Danbury building , which opened in May, has a five-barrel system and a 20-barrel system each producing the fresh, handcrafted beers for which the brand has become known. Read more.

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Gelato & Cioccolato - Greenwich
Gelato & Cioccolato opened in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich in April. The new shop offers original Italian gelato from a family recipe born in northeastern Italy
Gelato & Cioccolato - Greenwich
Gelato & Cioccolato opened in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich in April. The new shop offers original Italian gelato from a family recipe born in northeastern Italy near Venice. Read more.
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OKO - Westport
Chef Brian Lewis' newest restaurant opened in April. Read more.
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Coffee Spot - Stamford

Launched in April at 24 Harbor Point Road, Coffee Spot responds to requests from many neighboring residents and office workers in the South End mixed-use complex who wanted a

Coffee Spot - Stamford

Launched in April at 24 Harbor Point Road, Coffee Spot responds to requests from many neighboring residents and office workers in the South End mixed-use complex who wanted a destination within walking distance where they could grab a cup of coffee and snack. Read more.

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Southern Tide Apparel - Westport 

In April, Southern Tide, a lifestyle apparel brand, is opening its first Connecticut retail location in Westport at 275 Post Road East. Read more
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Backspace Westport - Westport 

Backspace Westport had its soft opening on Feb. 2. A grand opening event is set for June 23, also known as National Typewriter Day. Read more.
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Barbacoa Smoke House - Fairfield

The barbecue-themed restaurant is slated to open March 8 on the first floor of the Trademark Fairfield building at 665 Commerce Drive in Fairfield. The restaurant is the

Barbacoa Smoke House - Fairfield

The barbecue-themed restaurant is slated to open March 8 on the first floor of the Trademark Fairfield building at 665 Commerce Drive in Fairfield. The restaurant is the first commercial tenant to set up in the mixed-use building and will occupy a 4,159-square-foot space. Read more.

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Barrister's Coffee House - Danbury

Barrister's Coffee House opened in January at 1 West St., on the corner with Main Street and below the new Naugatuck Valley Community College campus in downtown Danbury.

Barrister's Coffee House - Danbury

Barrister's Coffee House opened in January at 1 West St., on the corner with Main Street and below the new Naugatuck Valley Community College campus in downtown Danbury. Read more.

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Mexicue - Stamford

The Mexican-influenced Mexicue opened ts fourth establishment in the Harbor Point complex in February. It is taking some 5,000 square feet in a space formerly occupied by the

Mexicue - Stamford

The Mexican-influenced Mexicue opened ts fourth establishment in the Harbor Point complex in February. It is taking some 5,000 square feet in a space formerly occupied by the Latin-tinged Paloma, as it joins a busy restaurant row whose lineup continues to change. Read more.

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Harlan Haus - Bridgeport

Occupying the historic former People’s Bank building in Bridgeport, which was built in 1897, a new German beer hall called Harlan Haus sits in the heart of downtown, next to

Harlan Haus - Bridgeport

Occupying the historic former People’s Bank building in Bridgeport, which was built in 1897, a new German beer hall called Harlan Haus sits in the heart of downtown, next to McLevy Green with a shared parking lot behind the building. It opened January 10. Read more.

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SoBol - Greenwich

At SoBol, acai is blended with strawberries, bananas and a splash of soy milk into a frozen puree that’s layered with granola, fresh fruit, coconut and a drizzle of honey. Cos

SoBol - Greenwich

At SoBol, acai is blended with strawberries, bananas and a splash of soy milk into a frozen puree that’s layered with granola, fresh fruit, coconut and a drizzle of honey. Cos Cob marks the company’s 18th location and first in Connecticut, with its others sprinkled around the tri-state area. The Greenwich location opened in January. Read more.

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Eat Noodle - Bridgeport

Easton resident Skye Kwok opened Eat Noodle in downtown Bridgeport on Jan. 8 at 269 Fairfield Ave. The eatery opened in the space that once housed Can Tiin, which closed last

Eat Noodle - Bridgeport

Easton resident Skye Kwok opened Eat Noodle in downtown Bridgeport on Jan. 8 at 269 Fairfield Ave. The eatery opened in the space that once housed Can Tiin, which closed last summer. Read more.

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Hawkwood Game Cafe - Milford

Customers can choose from more than 300 games — everything from the basics such as Candyland to the more complex Settlers of Catan — and take a table for $5 per

Hawkwood Game Cafe - Milford

Customers can choose from more than 300 games — everything from the basics such as Candyland to the more complex Settlers of Catan — and take a table for $5 per person, playing for long as they want. The cafe opened on January 12. Read more.

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Granola Bar - Fairfield

The Granola Bar Restaurant Group opened its sixth location at 1876 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield in January. Read more.

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Wellmade Market - Greenwich

Wellmade Market opened at 59 E. Putnam Ave. in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich in January. Read more.

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SLT Fitness Studio - Greenwich

SLT, an acronym for strengthen, lengthen and tone, is headed to 134 E. Putnam Ave., in the Mill Post Plaza that houses Asiana Cafe, Berkshire Hathaway offices and the Gilles

SLT Fitness Studio - Greenwich

SLT, an acronym for strengthen, lengthen and tone, is headed to 134 E. Putnam Ave., in the Mill Post Plaza that houses Asiana Cafe, Berkshire Hathaway offices and the Gilles Clement Designs showroom. The owner hopes to launch her Greenwich workout studio featuring 12 Megaformer machines in May. Read more.

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Habitat Greenwich

A new home decor shop will open at 234 East Putnam Ave. in the Cos Cob setion of Greenwich, Conn.

DARIEN — Roost has officially opened its doors on 1950 Post Road to hungry customers.

Mike Pietrafeso, the 36-year-old chef who graduated from the French Culinary Institute in 2006, tested out the system on Sunday, a day before the opening, and was assured everything would run smoothly.

“Turnout has been good. We’re expecting people to check us out throughout the day,” Mike Pietrafeso said on Monday as he was busy attending to guests and the kitchen. His wife, Krista, showed up later that day with balloons for the special occasion.

The eatery, which features seasonal dishes made with locally grown ingredients, is the Pietrafesos’ second restaurant. Ada’s Kitchen + Coffee in Greenwich is their first.

Like Ada’s Kitchen, Roost also features ingredients from local groups, like Path Coffee Roasters in Port Chester, N.Y. and Arogya Teas in Westport. Similarly, a large chalkboard on the back wall displays the food and drinks options that range from an assortment of sandwiches to a combination of smoothie flavors.

Nathalia Correa works behind the counter at Roost. She started out a month ago at Ada’s Kitchen and is now working in Darien.

“It’s exciting to see new faces and we might even see familiar faces coming from Greenwich here,” Correa said.

Roost is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., a time frame Mike Pietrafeso hopes attracts both commuters and residents.

Darien residents who came in the morning hours shared their enthusiasm for the new locale.

“I’m super excited,” Kristin Levinson said. “I live around the corner and it’s nice to have something right here that’s local. It’s very convenient and it might improve the value of our neighborhood.”

Amy Weinstein, who moved to the area in September, was in line to get coffee along with her friend, Beth Burger.

“It’s great to move to a place like this and have this coffee shop nearby,” Weinstein said.

“We needed to have a coffee place in the area,” Burger added.

Some early risers appreciated the proximity of the restaurant to their neighborhoods.

“I walked here. It’s less than a mile away from me,” Jacke Vene said. “We’ve been waiting for the place to open and it’s so exciting to be here also because there’s space for my stroller.”

Alyssa Ferenz, twin sister of Krista Pietrafeso, showed up around 10 a.m. to Roost.

“I’m really proud of Mike and Krista,” she said. “There’s not a ton of coffee places around here and the food is made with local ingredients and they have their own particular style.”