New Canaan businesses are the lifeblood not just of the “Magic Circle” downtown and other hubs of arts and commerce, but also are critical drivers and supporters of community events, human services and preserving the character of “The Next Station to Heaven.” In this section, we spotlight New Canaan businesses and profile their owners, in long-form interviews and spot features, celebrating our anchor businesses and welcoming those new to town.
For today’s Q&A with a local business, we talk to Elan McDowell, a hair stylist, educator and consultant and owner of Studio Elan. The Park Street business is taking clients by appointment 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Here’s our interview. New Canaanite: You’re just reopening now under a new model, a new system with the COVID-19 restrictions. How are you faring?
For today’s Q&A with a local business, we talk to Nube Siguenza, executive chef and owner at Cava Wine Bar & Restaurant. The Forest Street restaurant is open seven days per week for lunch and dinner, starting at noon and going to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 p.m. Thursday Friday and Saturday. New Canaanite: It’s been less than two weeks since you were able to reopen for more than pickup and delivery How are you doing? Nube Siguenza: It’s very hard. We have to work harder and harder to make less.
For today’s Q&A with a local business, we talk to Robert Ubaldo, chef-owner at Farmer’s Table.
The celebrated Forest Street restaurant is open 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and is trying to take advance of an expanded outdoor dining area (though, according to Ubaldo, some problems have arisen with respect to plan recently approved by the town that had been developed by a group of citizen volunteers). Here’s our interview.
New Canaanite: You recently have been allowed, as per the state, to open an outdoor dining area, after weeks of only doing pickup. How’s it going for you? Robert Ubaldo: It’s been real tough, because we only have a limited number of seats outside. The tables all have to be six feet away from each other and then also away from the curb and our fit-out barrier, so you can’t fit many people out there.
For today’s Q&A with a local business, we talked to Felipe Andaur, general manager at Solé. The Elm Street restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day, and is one of the food service establishments downtown that’s getting an expanded outdoor dining area.
Here’s our interview. New Canaanite: You went from just pickup and delivery to having outdoor dining last week. Hows’ it going? Felipe Andaur: It’s going very well so far.