Blackbird Restaurant on Elm Street ‘Opening Soon’

The new restaurant planned since last spring for Elm Street next to The Playhouse is close to opening, owners say. Blackbird, which owners say will offer a wide range of cuisine that patrons can share, is “opening soon,” according to its website. Promoted as “chic cocktails and bites in New Canaan,” the restaurant at 105 Elm St.—between the movie theatre and Solé, formerly home to Potpourri and, later, Fat Face—is “a sleek and sophisticated bar and restaurant in the heart of downtown New Canaan,” the website said. “Our moody ambiance is the perfect backdrop for your night out: dim lighting, share plates of inventive dishes for the table, and rounds of handcrafted cocktails— come for the buzz, stay for the vibes,” the site said. It’s owned by Z Hospitality Group, which owns Solé as well as Aurora in Rye, N.Y., EastEnd and Mediterraneo in Greenwich, and Terra, which has locations in Greenwich and Danbury.

‘Blackbird’ Restaurant Coming to Elm Street

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 

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.