Police: SUV Stolen, Multiple Vehicles Entered 

Police say an unlocked SUV with its keys inside was reported stolen last Friday from a Valley Road driveway. 

The theft, in the early morning hours of Oct. 16, is the latest in a string of similar crimes that are up steeply in 2020. In August, three cars—unlocked with their keys in them—were stolen from New Canaan residences in a 48-hour period. The vehicle stolen last week was recovered in Stratford, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. “In addition this stolen vehicle, over this past weekend, multiple unlocked vehicles were entered,” the chief said in a press release.

‘Chef Luis’ Restaurant To Reopen on Elm Street

One of New Canaan’s most beloved local chefs is preparing to reopen his restaurant in the heart of the downtown. Luis Lopez, owner of Chef Luis on Elm Street, said the restaurant is on track to open in its former space in the coming months. “I’m excited,” Lopez said Monday afternoon amid racks of glassware near the bar inside 129 Elm St. “I’m ready to go back and do my thing.”

Chef Luis left his eponymous restaurant in the summer of 2017 and it closed soon after, bookending a successful 10-year run. The commercial space—located opposite Francos Wine Merchants—has been occupied since then by two food service establishments.

Seminary Street Property Owner Applies for Building Permit for Two Homes

Following unanimous Special Permit and site plan approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission at its regular meeting in September, the town last week received an application to construct two residences on a Seminary Street lot where a single-family home had once stood. The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath residences at 115 Seminary St. will include 2,281 and 2,331 square feet of living space, according to a building permit application field Oct. 13. They’ll cost about $550,000 apiece to build, according to the application, and the contractor and architect on the job is Anthony Tomas Builders are of Norwalk. 

Tomas himself is listed as a principal of the company that owns the .35-acre property on the corner of Scofield Lane, state records show.