New Bakery and Café Planned for Main Street


A new bakery and café is planned for downtown New Canaan.

The owners of a vacant commercial space on Main Street are seeking approval from the Planning & Zoning Commission for a new food use at 90 Main St.

Formerly home to Sorelle Gallery, the 2,085-square-foot space would have café seating closest to the street, with a serving counter that has pastry display cases and an espresso machine located behind it, deeper into the store, according to plans submitted to P&Z by Joseph Thompson of Peekskill, N.Y.-based Joseph Thompson Architect.

Under the New Canaan Zoning Regulations (see page 77 here), food shops are permitted in the Retail A Zone with site plan approval from P&Z.

In her memo to P&Z on the application, Town Planner Sarah Carey said the proposal “also includes façade changes to the first floor.”

“The applicant proposes to remove the existing first floor windows and a portion of the brick façade to replace them with retractable glass doors to have an indoor/outdoor seating area,” Carey said. “State approval for outdoor dining will be required, as Main Street is a state road. There are no outstanding items for the Health Department or the Fire Marshal.”

Thompson said in a narrative that forms part of the application that he’s seeking  to waive parking requirements as it is not practically feasible to provide parking on the existing fully developed property.”

The Commission is expected to take up the application at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The mixed-use building at 90 Main St. is owned by a Wilton-based limited liability company, tax records show.

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