The Fez in Stamford Re-Opens w/ Expanded Bar, Menu & Music Space

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

New York chic meets laid back cool at The Fez, a Middle Eastern eatery located in Stamford.  The restaurant, located on Summer Street, is unobtrusive from the outside.  The inside, however, is alive!  Wine flows and aromatic Mediterranean cuisine comes out of the kitchen.  Patrons flock to hear live music and conversation echoes throughout the intimate space.

On June 1, 2015, the Fez shut its doors to undergo a renovation.  After a few busy months, they are proud to announce their grand reopening.  Lunch and dinner service has resumed, as well as live music. 

The same team behind the original Fez will see it into its new age.  Greenwich native Eric Monte, who has a self-professed “love of food and wine,” partnered with Jay Patel, who comes from a family of restaurateurs.  Chef Shelby prepares the delicious cuisine.  Originally Monte had hired a French chef, but Chef Shelby and his Indian background wound up being the perfect match for the restaurant.  Fred Laist manages the business aspect.  He has a rich history in corporate catering and Monte calls him “brilliant in food service.”

The most stunning transformation in the new Fez is the space itself.  They opened up the restaurant considerably by removing a DJ booth that used to occupy the back and adding seating.  The new restaurant also boasts a renovated bar twice the size of the original.  There is even a newly built second bar near the stage as well for easy ordering during the shows.

In addition, the menu is expanding.  The Fez is staying true to its Mediterranean Lebanese concept and still offers its classics.  However, the team created a whole new appetizer section with an assortment of new “mezze” plates.  Dishes making their debut include Grilled Octopus with Harissa Mango, Beer Tenderloin Tips Sauteed with Tomato Jam, and more.

Be sure to visit the Fez’s facebook page and their website for the latest news on the opening.