Three eateries are slated to open this spring in the newly built gourmet food hall that’s taken shape on Pine Street over the past year, officials say.
Featuring a brick-paved curbside plaza out front and communal seating inside, the widely anticipated Pine Street Concessions will serve as a showcase for three artisanal chefs—each with his or her own retail counter space and kitchen—serving classic wood-fired oven pizza and Italian foods, noodles and Asian street food snacks, and California-inspired fresh salads, grain bowls and other organic fare, according to owner Peter Lane of NCLC.
Lane said he’s been deliberate in searching for the right businesses to open at 75 Pine St., offering foods that are unique in New Canaan, organic and locally sourced when possible and will appeal to families with young kids as well as adults seeking a casual spot to dine out (beer and wine will be available).
“We feel great that we found great chefs,” he said Tuesday morning from the spacious floor inside the steel-framed structure, naturally lit with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the street and a 20-space parking lot.
When Pine Street Concessions opens, the plaza out front will be all-pedestrian, closed within planters and bollards as per the Planning & Zoning Commission’s approval two years ago and featuring picnic tables for diners.
The chefs— Dante Mirafiore (Italian food), Miyuki Mirafiore (traditional Ramen noodles, steamed buns for classic Asian sandwiches, chicken wings, salads, Japanese sodas) and Alyssa Kadow of Greens On The Go (salad and nutrient-rich grain bowls, artisanal toasts, desserts and primarily plant-based daily specials)—are starting their interior fit-outs now, and they’ll open for lunch and dinner, Lane said.
Complementing the chefs and their counter service with freshly prepared foods will be a seasonal market table, set up for two vendors along one wall of Pine Street Concessions. There, farmers’ market-type vendors selling bread, cheese, flowers and other products are invited to sell their goods on a rotating basis, Lane said. (Those interested should visit the marketplace’s website or email Pine Street Concessions at firstname.lastname@example.org.)