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Dressing Room in Westport Closes Its Doors After 8 Years

It is with a heavy heart that we report the Dressing Room in Westport has closed its doors. While we work on the full story, here are the words of Michel Nischan via their web site. Paul Newman and Michel Nischan were pioneers in the farm to table movement. Michel will continue his great work at Wholesome Wave, and we hope to see Chef Jon Vaast very soon. 

"After eight great years and hundreds of thousands of delicious, local and sustainable farm-direct meals, Dressing Room Restaurant has closed. Founded by internationally renowned chef Michel Nischan and the late actor Paul Newman in 2006, the restaurant was Fairfield County’s first farm-to-table restaurant.

We thank our customers who shared our passion and genuine interest in supporting regional growers and responsible farming methods. As a result of their loyal support, and the resulting successful 8-year run of the restaurant, there are now nearly a dozen farm-to-table restaurants gracing discerning Fairfield County palates while supporting Connecticut agriculture.

Dressing Room Restaurant received numerous awards and accolades in the local and national food press, including one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 95 New Restaurants in the World” (2006) and recognition for “The Best Burger in America” by Steve Raichlen, USA Today (2010). This is a testimony to meals made with the best locally grown, artisanal and organic foods. Yet, it reflects only one of Michel Nischan’s many talents.

“Supporting local farmers’ markets, wherever you live, makes good sense. It’s a great way to feed your family well while supporting local farmers and producers. There is no better, more delicious way to create true local living economies.”  – Michel Nischan

Family Matters!

Lori and I want to thank our talented staff and their families, whose selfless dedication to our cause made the vision a reality. Nearly every team member was with us from the very beginning, and each nurtured their guests with a sense of genuine hospitality not seen in many restaurants today." --Michel Nischan

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Reader Comments (8)


January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCraig


February 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrealguy

We have had great meals there and not so great meals there. Great service and not so great service. I hope someone takes over the space and brings what Westport really needs- tasty healthy food with prices that aren't out in the stratosphere somewhere. Good luck and many thanks to Michel & WW for all that you do to bring nutritious food to those who need it most!

February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSueIseman

Many thanks to the talented and lovely staff at Dressing Room. Your food, coziness and music making Friday's will be missed. Michel & Lori, your restaurant will always hold a very special place in my heart. Thank you for always making feel at "home"

February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Halperin-Zibelman

All good things must come to an end, I guess. But it's really sad when they do. This wasn't just a great restaurant; it had a phenomenal cause tied to it as well. What's better than knowing where your food comes from? Surely, a big loss for Fairfield County.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEileen Weber

A fond farewell to the best damn lemon merengue pie in the world! So very sad. I passed that off as my own on Thanksgiving. Just the perfect tart/sweet combination.

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDina F.

Thank you for offering Wave Hill Breads to your guests and giving us so much support. Good luck with all your important work.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Great food, great atmosphere, great memories. Lori you always found a table for 2 up front for us.


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April 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterB and S

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