I nearly dropped my lunch when I read Dan Woog's post today on Mario Batali opening up shop in Westport CT. Yup...our very own Italian outpost right next to the train station. With Shake Shack coming in late 2011, Westport is looking like NYC East.
You can read the full article on Dan Woog's blog 06880, but here is what he had to say....
"On Friday, sources say, Batali closed on the former Abbondanza property. The popular restaurant/speciality food store — across from the Charles Street office building in Saugatuck — closed last April. (It reopened in August, in Fairfield.)
No details on Batali’s newest venture are available yet, such as a projected opening date or name. He prefers Italian names — Babbo Ristorante, Lupa Osteria Romana, Pizzeria Mozza — and of course for nearly a century Saugatuck was a vibrant Italian community." -- Dan Woog's 06880