For this installment of “Biz on Biz”—a regular feature where we ask people who work in downtown New Canaan to tell us about a favorite product, service (or anything else) at another business—we ventured into women’s boutique Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs, just past the Playhouse on Elm.
There we found Victoria Larkin, a town resident for 24 years who works as a floor supervisor at the clothing and accessories shop.
The first thing that came to mind? Benny, the host at next-door neighbor Solé Ristorante.
“I don’t know Benny’s last name. But he’s really cordial, just a very welcoming person and he calls us his neighbors,” Larkin said. (Her personal favorites at the restaurant include the calamari, mussels and Ketel One martini—olives on the side with ice.)
“He [Benny] is great to us, so we like to go over after work and hang out,” Larkin said.
Heading next door to meet this Benny, we were pleased to discover Benny Dedushi, general manager of Solé.
“We have a lot of local regulars here, five-six days a week,” Dedushi told NewCanaanite.com.
Told that he himself had been nominated in our “Biz on Biz” series, Dedushi admitted that “Yes, that happens” and added with a smile: “Probably was the haircut.”
The restaurant has been in New Canaan for nearly 20 years, he said, anchored by signature dishes such as the fire-cooked, parmesan-crusted halibut.
“I wish I had more space,” Dedushi said of the 85-seat restaurant. “We turn it over three times a night.”