Wide Brick Patio Areas Planned for Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee, Tony’s Deli 

Two of New Canaan’s most popular downtown destinations stand to get increased pedestrian and seating areas out front, under a proposal that’s expected to come before the Planning & Zoning Commission this month. Under an application submitted by a Stamford-based engineering and land surveyor company, the wide area out front of Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee and Tony’s Deli would get brick paver patios similar to the one already installed outside the Pine Street Concessions food hall. “The new brick paved patio expansion is intended to match the existing patio both in material as well as the herringbone paving pattern,” Brian McMahon of Redniss & Mead said in an application filed on behalf of property owner New Canaan Lumber Co. “Due to grade changes between the existing and expanded patio areas, an extension of the granite site steps currently along the building frontage is proposed out to the public sidewalk along Pine Street. The new patio area will include granite border materials and railings that are intended to match existing conditions.”

P&Z is expected to take up the application at its Jan.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee

[Editor’s Note: In each daily newsletter this week, the New Canaanite is publishing Q&As with local business owners on how they are faring amid the COVID-19 emergency.]

New Canaan had 24 confirmed cases of the virus as of Saturday evening, according to town Emergency Management Director Mike Handler. For today’s Q&A, we interviewed Doug Zumbach outside his eponymous coffee shop at Pine and Grove Streets. 

How are you all doing here at Zumbach’s? Doug Zumbach: The loyal customers are finding us again. I think everyone is adjusting their daily lifestyle, with kids being home. So slowly but surely we are getting clientele.

Biz on Biz: Zumbach Likes the Canali Suits at Family Britches

As part of the “Biz on Biz” series—where local business owners give us tips about favorite products or services at other businesses—we stopped by Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee on Pine Street. Owner Doug Zumbach’s spotlighted design solutions for “unique and different” Christmas gifts, elm for the popular restaurant’s selection of pasta dishes and Family Britches for its menswear. “Family Britches is a great store, with a nice owner, ” said Zumbach, who opened his eponymous coffee shop in 1992 and offers 30 varieties of hand-roasted brews. “I’m a big fan of Canali suits. They have a really nice line and selection of those there.

Coffee To Be Held Thursday

Please join NewCanaanite.com for its monthly Community Coffee, to be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 in the Art Gallery on the main floor at New Canaan Library. Presented in partnership with the library, the coffee is an informal discussion about what’s happening around New Canaan. We serve Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee (thanks, Doug). Feel free to come late or leave early, as time permits.

Did You Hear … ?

Grace Farms is featured in a Connecticut Magazine news story that quotes locals extensively. ***

New Canaan Police on Dec. 24 arrested a 36-year-old Park Street woman and charged her with failure to respond to an infraction. She had been cited for motor vehicle charges and did not pay or plead in court. ***

New Canaan Land Trust officials are calling for volunteers to help check bobcat traps that the state is laying in New Canaan as part of a program to track the animals.