Upscale Asian eatery coming to Fairfield

February 7, 2012 by  

Fairfield will soon be home to a high-end Asian restaurant. The Town Plan and Zoning commission wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the proposal but it nevertheless gave its okay to plans for the eatery. The dining establishment will be located at 3671 Post Road, which Friendly’s was formerly located. A printing company would stay busy running off menus, and brochure printers may be called on to print mailers informing townspeople of the new restaurant.

Some commission members expressed reservations about the new Asian restaurant even though the application won unanimously approval. TPZ Commissioner Patricia Jacobson said the restaurant design isn’t a good fit for the community. Commissioner Matthew Wagner said the TPZ works hard to preserve the New England-like character of Fairfield and the Asian restaurant plans will disrupt the town’s aesthetic continuity.

The commission acknowledged that the restaurant is an improvement, although some feel it’s somewhat out of sync with the traditional flavor of Fairfield. The exterior plans call for a new “skin” that is made from material similar to stucco.

It may be harder in the future for non-traditional businesses to win approval by TPZ. Member Richard Jacobs suggested that future development plans in Fairfield should make every effort to maintain the downtown areas longstanding New England character and charm.

The Post Road property is located in the Southport section of Fairfield and is not part of the downtown design district. Commissioner Jacobs hopes future developers will stick to the downtown design rules regardless of the specific location of the proposed business.