‘Blackbird’ Restaurant Coming to Elm Street


105 Elm St. Credit: Michael Dinan

The owners of Solé on Elm Street are planning a new restaurant called ‘Blackbird’ for the commercial space next door.

Planned for a September opening at 105 Elm St.—between The Playhouse and Solé, formerly home to Potpourri and, later, Fat Face—Blackbird will offer a wide range of cuisine that patrons will be able to share, according to Adam Zakka, principal of Z Hospitality Group.

“It will be a departure from our sister restaurant next door, which is a restaurant with your typical appetizer-entree-dessert menu format,” Zakka told NewCanaanite.com

The new restaurant will be “more progressive” in that the menu will offer more “shareables,” he said. Blackbird also will be “beverage-driven,” featuring “progressive cocktail techniques,” he said, and is expected to offer “a little more late-night life” than Solé.

The cuisine could be described as “global,” Zakka said, “not bound to Italian or French or Asian,” and will offer some American-style food in the mix. It will be a “playground for our executive chef team,” he added.

A floor plan submitted to the Planning & Zoning Commission shows 26 tables, mostly two-tops, and 13 stools at a bar. The property owner is scheduled to appear before P&Z at its regular meeting Tuesday night, seeking modifications of its original site plan to allow for a walk-in refrigerator to be installed and for an exit into the alleyway next to The Playhouse on the ground floor of the building.

Z Hospitality owns a number of highly regarded, popular restaurants in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. They include Aurora in Rye, N.Y. and EastEnd and Mediterraneo in Greenwich and Terra, which has locations in Greenwich and Danbury. 

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