Chef Luis To Reopen As Soon As Friday; Classic Menu Items Returning

Luis Lopez, one of New Canaan’s best-loved chefs, is set to reopen his eponymous restaurant in the heart of the downtown. ‘Chef Luis’ and many of the popular Nuevo Latino menu items that made it a go-to destination for food-lovers, could be back as early as Friday, Lopez said. “I’m very excited, a little nervous because I am concerned about the health of the community,” he told NewCanaanite.com. “So I am trying to make sure we doing everything required and possible to protect everybody.”

The restaurant at 129 Elm St. will focus on takeout to start and is awaiting approval of a liquor permit.

‘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.

One29 Restaurant on Elm Street Closes; Baldanza Moving In

One29, an Elm Street restaurant featuring American contemporary cuisine and located the former Chef Luis space, has closed after a months-long run downtown, according to a worker at the eatery. The restaurant stopped operating as One29 on Sunday, according to a man who answered the phone there, but has remained open under new auspices. Baldanza is moving up from “the alley” at 17 Elm St., and now is operating in the larger space, the worker said. At least some of the One29 staff is staying on with Baldanza, he said. According to a post on Baldanza’s website, that restaurant will officially open Sept.

Did You Hear … ?

A former part-time program director at the defunct Outback Teen Center—a man who had been arrested by New Canaan Police following accusations that he made inappropriate comments to a group of youths—is a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed this summer. According to the complaint, the accused man while working as a residential advisor at Wesleyan University in the early-1980s sexually abused teens in his charge, in a dorm room and elsewhere. The case is proceeding in state Superior Court in Middletown. ***

The restaurant long known as ‘Chef Luis’ is now called ‘129,’ for its street number on Elm, and offers American contemporary cuisine from newly hired Executive Chef Joe Page. He brings more than 15 years of experience in kitchens across the United States and overseas.

Did You Hear … ?

Chef Luis Lopez, known locally for his eponymous restaurant on Elm Street, has been seen cooking in the open kitchen at Spiga on Main. ***

After school Wednesday, a man was seen trying to enter cars in a New Canaan High School parking lot, according to a communication from NCHS Principal Bill Egan. “We do not believe he was successful, nor do we anticipate his return,” Egan said in an email. “However, please make sure you lock your cars on campus. I would keep them locked before and after school.