Downtown Stamford has influx of new r...

Downtown Stamford has influx of new restaurants

There are 78 comments on the Stamford Advocate story from Jan 15, 2009, titled Downtown Stamford has influx of new restaurants. In it, Stamford Advocate reports that:

Downtown Stamford needs one more sports bar complete with chicken wings, burgers, fries, ribs, big-screen TVs and the other usual accoutrements, a regional restaurateur said.

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CtMC

Boston, MA

#1 Jan 16, 2009
I am surprised that so many restaurants would take a chance opening in this economy. Most of them will fail in the first 2 years. Aside from my gloomy outlook... on the positive side... I am quite familiar with Mary Annes in Manhattan and think it will be a good fit for Stamford. The East Village location has been a favorite of mine for a long time. The manager and/or owner is a nice guy. I have received more than a few free margaritas with a smile. Just beware... they don't take credit... come with cash in hand.
Vox Pop

Bloomfield, CT

#2 Jan 16, 2009
There is that "revolving door" aspect, as well as the fact that a lot of them are struggling.
That's not gloomy, it's just a fact.

Good meal, good service, lovely beverages, at a good price remain the recipe for success.

I wish them all the best.
Rob Tyska

Greenwich, CT

#3 Jan 19, 2009
Missing from the list, since it's not downtown, is the return of the 19th Hole Restaurant at the E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course. After acquiring the lease in bankruptcy court the gentlemen who ran the place for 20 years will return after a 5 year absence. It should reopen in March.
Vox Pop

Bloomfield, CT

#4 Jan 19, 2009
Rob Tyska wrote:
Missing from the list, since it's not downtown, is the return of the 19th Hole Restaurant at the E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course. After acquiring the lease in bankruptcy court the gentlemen who ran the place for 20 years will return after a 5 year absence. It should reopen in March.
We wondered what was happening there. A very quiet departure by Joe Sandolo, phone number out of service, and now, even the banner signs are off the fence along Stillwater.
If I interpret what you're saying correctly, Zez & Bucket are on the way back? If so, that's good news.
They always ran it nicely, and should never have been put in the position they were which virtually forced them out.
KAL

Garnerville, NY

#5 Jan 19, 2009
Vox Pop wrote:
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We wondered what was happening there. A very quiet departure by Joe Sandolo, phone number out of service, and now, even the banner signs are off the fence along Stillwater.
If I interpret what you're saying correctly, Zez & Bucket are on the way back? If so, that's good news.
They always ran it nicely, and should never have been put in the position they were which virtually forced them out.
This IS great news!
Rob Tyska

Greenwich, CT

#6 Jan 19, 2009
Vox Pop wrote:
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We wondered what was happening there. A very quiet departure by Joe Sandolo, phone number out of service, and now, even the banner signs are off the fence along Stillwater.
If I interpret what you're saying correctly, Zez & Bucket are on the way back? If so, that's good news.
Joe Sandolo didn't have the lease, he was operating it since the summer for the lease holder, who filed for bankruptcy in late 2007 and decided to close the doors in December 2008. Mike Zohdy out bid Joe Sandola for the right to assume the lease in bankruptcy court. Zhody will once again team up with Buckett and Zezima to operate the restaurant.
Gordon Shumway

United States

#7 Jan 19, 2009
Stamford has an abundance of downtown yuppie eateries. How about something away from downtown that has a family theme to it like a free standing Fridays, Chicago Uno, Famous Daves, Outback or even an Applebees? Other cities, smaller and with less disposable income than Stamford have these and more, so why not here? The economy isn't going to get any better any time soon, and probably like the last recession it will take longer to recover here. The downtown seems to be the place for the singles and empty nesters. How about a family "enterprize zone" where parents and kids can go shopping, and if there's any money left, take in a meal? I think it's time for the city to start looking "outside the box" when it comes to attracting retail to Stamford and realize not everyone wants to live, shop OR eat downtown!
Yikes

Morristown, NJ

#8 Jan 19, 2009
Gordon Shumway wrote:
Stamford has an abundance of downtown yuppie eateries. How about something away from downtown that has a family theme to it like a free standing Fridays, Chicago Uno, Famous Daves, Outback or even an Applebees? Other cities, smaller and with less disposable income than Stamford have these and more, so why not here? The economy isn't going to get any better any time soon, and probably like the last recession it will take longer to recover here. The downtown seems to be the place for the singles and empty nesters. How about a family "enterprize zone" where parents and kids can go shopping, and if there's any money left, take in a meal? I think it's time for the city to start looking "outside the box" when it comes to attracting retail to Stamford and realize not everyone wants to live, shop OR eat downtown!
Personally, I wouldn't welcome any of those eateries to Stamford. I don't care for the food from any of those places, except maybe Uno and (rarely) Outback. I'd rather see a locally owned business any day.
former res

Norristown, PA

#9 Jan 19, 2009
Yikes wrote:
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Personally, I wouldn't welcome any of those eateries to Stamford. I don't care for the food from any of those places, except maybe Uno and (rarely) Outback. I'd rather see a locally owned business any day.
Famous Dave's is good. Always packed.
KAL

Garnerville, NY

#10 Jan 19, 2009
Yikes wrote:
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I'd rather see a locally owned business any day.
Agree. I would rather eat at the locally owned restaurants too.
I think there was once a Pizzeria Uno in the Columbus Park area. No more.
former res

Norristown, PA

#11 Jan 19, 2009
KAL wrote:
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Agree. I would rather eat at the locally owned restaurants too.
I think there was once a Pizzeria Uno in the Columbus Park area. No more.
Go to the original ones on Chicago if you ever get a chance - excellent. Been there forever. Lots of history.(The chains don't compare.)
Lindy Urso

AOL

#12 Jan 19, 2009
If i may plug, i'll take Bennet's over cap grille all week long. is still the best steakhouse this side of Lugers...
Cool Justice

Avon, CT

#13 Jan 19, 2009
Lindy Urso wrote:
If i may plug, i'll take Bennet's over cap grille all week long. is still the best steakhouse this side of Lugers...
If I may plug, where are guys like Lindy Urso going to get wasted and wear their 'beer muscles'?
former res

Norristown, PA

#14 Jan 19, 2009
Cool Justice wrote:
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If I may plug, where are guys like Lindy Urso going to get wasted and wear their 'beer muscles'?
I had to look that one up. I assume you mean def #2. We used to call it a 'beer tumor.' Most guys paid a lot of money for that.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php...
Cool Justice

Avon, CT

#15 Jan 19, 2009
former res wrote:
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I had to look that one up. I assume you mean def #2. We used to call it a 'beer tumor.' Most guys paid a lot of money for that.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php...
your right!
Gordon Shumway

United States

#16 Jan 20, 2009
Cool Justice wrote:
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If I may plug, where are guys like Lindy Urso going to get wasted and wear their 'beer muscles'?
Isn't Lindy Urso a chick? I think she was the states attorney who tried to screw the poor guy who got caught in that botched sting at the BBQ place on the Stamford/Darien broder across from Giovanni's II? Name sounds awful familiar. Also there are two new names to the restaurant list, both with different themes.
former res

Norristown, PA

#17 Jan 20, 2009
Cool Justice wrote:
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your right!
We used to go to Augie's (Cos Cob) in the old days - but it's changed at least twice since then. For later nights - Richard's in PC.
Gordon Shumway

United States

#18 Jan 20, 2009
Yikes wrote:
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Personally, I wouldn't welcome any of those eateries to Stamford. I don't care for the food from any of those places, except maybe Uno and (rarely) Outback. I'd rather see a locally owned business any day.
I'm not saying that there aren't great Mom & Pop Eateries in Stamford. Bobby V's is great, downtown but great. The "John" mini chain of restaurants used to have one in Glenbrook Plaza next to Grade A. It's gone. They do have one on Long Ridge at Wash Blvd but parking is a bit of a stretch at times. Anyway, the mom & pops don't really have any appeal for the kids. How many M&P's can you name in Stamford that will clear the kitchen to come out and sing Happy Birthday to your kid? That's where the "chains", which really are franchises, go the extra mile. They motivate and empower their staff because there is a ladder to climb within the organization. Those opportunities are few and far between in a "locally owned" company. Not saying that's right or wrong. Just the way it seems.
Lindy Urso

AOL

#19 Jan 20, 2009
former res wrote:
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We used to go to Augie's (Cos Cob) in the old days - but it's changed at least twice since then. For later nights - Richard's in PC.
I wouldn't be surprised if we've met
Lindy Urso

AOL

#20 Jan 20, 2009
Cool Justice wrote:
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If I may plug, where are guys like Lindy Urso going to get wasted and wear their 'beer muscles'?
i'm going to find you

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