It takes a little while for news to filter south, from 06883 to “06880.”
But let waterfall-lovers and wedding-goers everywhere know: Cobb’s Mill is back in business.
favorite only full-fledged eatery — a working mill since before the Revolution, and a restaurant/inn since 1936 — closed in 2010. The property tax bill was over $130,000, and the food was forgettable.
Now — with the economy gaining strength, and restaurants sprouting in nearby 06880 like dandelions — Cobb’s Mill has joined the parade.
New owners Elayne Cassara and Drew Friedman have renamed it “La Roue Elayne at Cobb’s Mill Inn.” (“Roue” is French for “wheel.” Get it?)
That’s a mouthful, but it’s probably better than “La Roue Drew” etc.
The iconic waterfall remains, of course. But the interior has been renovated.
So has the menu.
Despite the new name — and one dish called “moules and frites” — the menu is not French. Head chef Michael Achille offers up beef quesadilla, stone hearth-baked pizza, Rhode Island clams, broccoli rabe and sausage, lobster mac and cheese, Alaskan codfish filet and bacon-wrapped filet of tenderloin.
Plus, there’s music.
“Where’s Jimmy?” — described on Cobb’s Mill’s Facebook page as “Fairfield County’s favorite Rock n Roll quintet” — rocks the restaurant tomorrow (Saturday, May 26) at 9 p.m. Upcoming acts include Old School (a great rock band I actually have heard of, on June 1), and Tim DeHuff’s Dynamic Jazz Duo (June 21).
So, from all of us in 06880 — who occasionally made the trek north to 06883’s Cobb’s Mill (sometimes not even for a wedding) — welcome back.
And — with a nod to “La Roue Elayne” — bonne chance!