Norwalk restaurant to put 'local twist on New England seafood'
A new eatery is set to hit the Norwalk foodie scene as early as this weekend.
Jay LeBlanc, owner of Knot Norms Catering Co., said he planned to focus exclusively on a mobile wood fired catering business he launched in February when he came across space for a restaurant at 10 First Street in East Norwalk. He couldn't pass up the opportunity and expanded his business plan to include a restaurant.
"It's going to be a very local twist on New England seafood," LeBlanc said. "It's going to be an eatery, so eat in and to go."
The restaurant, which will also be called Knot Norms Catering Co., will feature locally-caught seafood on the menu, including oysters from Copps Island Oysters and clams from Bloom Brothers.
A signature dish, the Copps Island roll, is composed of deep-fried oysters, house-made tartar sauce, little gem lettuce and tomato on a toasted New England hot dog roll.
"About 80-percent of the offerings will be served on New England style hot dog rolls," said LeBlanc.
Other menu items include fried chicken, crab salad, lobster, brisket and steak, all served on their signature rolls. LeBlanc said, however, you won't find any hot dogs on the menu.
The Norwalk native said he always loved the waterfront area, which is home to the iconic Mr. Frosty's and Overton's Seafood, and knew that someday he would open his first business in Norwalk. He said the response to the news about the restaurant's imminent opening has been overwhelming.
"I think we're filling a void (in Norwalk)," he said. "I wanted to bring something fun, fresh and casual to this area."
LeBlanc plans to also continue with his wood fired catering business.