BLT eyes Harbor Point replacement for World of Beer
By Paul SchottUpdated
STAMFORD — Developer Building and Land Technology plans to bring in another restaurant to replace a World of Beer establishment that recently closed in the Harbor Point complex in the city’s South End.
Before shuttering at the turn of the year, the restaurant-bar had operated since 2014 in some 4,000 square feet at 18 Harbor Point Road, in Harbor Point’s waterfront dining row.
“The restaurant business is a tough business, so there’s always going to be some turnover,” Ted Ferrarone, BLT’s chief operating officer, said Wednesday. “But we are actively marketing the space, and we think it would be a great fit for another restaurant.”
A message left this week for World of Beer was not returned.
World of Beer had struggled to attract patrons. In a 2015 interview with Hearst Connecticut Media, Matt Christy, World of Beer’s market development partner for the Northeast region, expressed concerns about a lack of business.
“It is slower than we thought it would be, by a lot,” Christy said.
The shortage of customers also affected the headcount. When World of Beer opened in Stamford, it employed 50; the total had dwindled to 20 by 2015, according to Christy.
World of Beer franchises operate throughout the country. An establishment in West Hartford represents the only other World of Beer location in Connecticut.
Despite the loss of World of Beer, Harbor Point continues to attract newcomers. Mexican-barbecue restaurant Mexicue is scheduled to open later this month at 15 Harbor Point Road.
“As we were looking at markets outside New York, we saw a very similar demographic to the people who enjoy lunch and dinner at Mexicue in the city,” Mexicue founder and president Thomas Kelly said in a recent interview. “It felt like the right fit. At Harbor Point, there’s a good mix of young office workers and families and residents.”
Across the street from Mexicue, Patisserie Salzburg, which has eateries in Rye and Scarsdale, N.Y., plans to open this spring at 2 Harbor Point Road.
“We thought the area was lacking a first-class European-style bakery,” Patisserie Salzburg managing partner and president Par Shakiban said in a recent interview. “We already have many customers coming from Stamford and Greenwich, so we think the style of the bakery and the way we operate will be a winner in this location.”
Other eateries on the street include Sign of the Whale, Boothbay Lobster, Bareburger and Fortina.
Another recent arrival in the neighborhood has also expanded from Westchester County. Walter’s Hot Dogs, which runs a stand in Mamaroneck, N.Y., opened last October a second brick-and-mortar location, in Commons Park.
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