Cobb’s Mill Comes Back

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.

Weston’s 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.

A classic Cobb’s Mill scene.

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.

I stole this shot from La Roue Elayne at Cobb’s Mill Inn’s Facebook page. I assume this is Elayne.

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!

22 responses to “Cobb’s Mill Comes Back

  1. Dick Lowenstein

    I hope the new owners have kept the pewter bar that was on the lower level. That bar was rescued from the Normandie, the iconic French luxury liner that burned at its pier in New York in 1942.

    • Wendy Crowther

      It’s interesting that Dick mentions the S.S. Normandie, especially as Memorial Day approaches. The ship was taken into custody by the U.S. Coast Guard when France was occupied in June 1940. Less than a week after Pearl Harbor, she was taken over by the U.S. Maritime Commission and was renamed U.S.S. Lafayette. In January 1942 the U.S. War Department took her over.The fire was set accidentally by a welder’s torch as the ship was being converted from a luxury liner to a troop transport ship in Feb 1942.

      The ship was/is considered one of the “greatest liners ever.” I agree with Dick, I sure hope the new Cobb’s Mill restaurant kept that pewter bar. Does anyone know?

  2. I thought that was an Onion review of a new restaurant.

  3. Eric Buchroeder

    More than any other restaurant I’ve ever known, Cobb’s Mill was always a special place for our family when I was growing up. We couldn’t afford to go there often but when we did it was memorable, saved for really special occasions like my high school graduation and taking my future wife to meet the family. It wasn’t the food, although I can’t remember EVER having a bad meal, it was the waterfall and the ducks, feeding the ducks with Chee-tos from the bar while you were waiting for your table, going inside for dinner in that beautiful 300 year old dining room, knowing as a kid that you were seeing what George Washington saw when he was back from the war in one piece and looking for the perfect place to celebrate and most of all, whether you were four, eighteen, thirty-five or fifty, thinking that life was just not any better than being at Cobb’s Mill whether it was winter, spring, summer or fall.

    Best of luck to the new proprietors. I hope they don’t screw up what always made the place special. They may have taken the first step by not retaining the simple, yet accurate name: Cobb’s Mill Inn. If I want French food I’ll go to a French restaurant and if they want to offer an eclectic menu that includes a couple of French entrees, they don’t have to name the place “La Maison de Coque au Vin or whatever they’re calling it. just make the goddam food good like they always have and word will get around.

    Thanks, Dan as usual you always know what’s good to write about in Westport for 60 year old farts.

    • Perhaps “La Maison de la Casa House” would have been a more appropriate name.

  4. Eric Buchroeder

    Dan, I wasn’t meaning to imply that you were a sixty year old fart. You just know what we like.

  5. Eric Buchroeder

    Agree, but when your time comes, you’ll have to decide. I kind of like it.

  6. Gary Singer

    Cobb’s Mil was a special place for weddings. As a J.P. I married about 40 couples there, mostly on the deck on the river. The hi-light was “marrying” my Mom ad Dad, who renewed their vows there on their 50th anniversary.

  7. If there is a worse name for a restaurant, I can’t think of it.

  8. Has anyone been there and able to give us a firsthand account? I hope they didn’t change that beautiful view of the waterfall from the main dining room. And, no matter what letters are painted on the sign, it will always been referred to as Cobbs Mill Inn.

  9. I think you’re judging the former proprietor’s food a bit harshly. It wasn’t “forgettable,” perhaps a bit provincial. I would’ve given it a “B.”

  10. Jack Whittle

    May, 1980 – my pal Chris Strausser and I took our junior prom dates to Cobbs Mill, feeling pretty spiffy in our colorful tuxes with ruffled shirts and huge bow ties. Chris ended up marrying his date later on. Fast forward to August, 1995 when I take a girl I had just met in Newport to Cobbs Mill for our first date – I ended up marrying my date that night later on too. I guess you could say I am a fan. Good luck to the new proprietors!

  11. Dick Lowenstein

    I am glad the “roue” part is French, as the word has its own meaning in English….”a debauched or lecherous man; rake.” The English meaning is derived from the French, namely, “.. one broken on the wheel, from rouer, from Latin rotāre to revolve, from rota a wheel; with reference to the fate deserved by a debauchee.” 🙂

  12. Tim Caffrey

    The Niagara Falls of Weston

  13. Julie Anne Buoy

    After reading Dan’s blog yesterday afternoon and not knowing where to go on a Friday night last minute, my husband and I called and got a 7:30pm reservation. Dining is downstairs. We had a great meal. Our server was great, the food delicious and the cocktails perfect. Only complaint besides, the name, downstairs was a little musty/damp smelling. Figured it is from being closed, the water and all the rain we have had. Sure it will air out fine. So happy to have a nearby spot open again. Looking forward to taking family back. The server asked us what we liked and did not like and shared with the chef. It was a lovely meal. Looking forward to Christmas Eve already and reinstating our family tradition of dining at “Cobbs Mill” after church. For those of you interested in the menu- pastas, pizzas, big plates and small…We enjoyed pistou, asparagus with truffle oil and egg, frites and little necks and duck two ways. Coconut gelato for dessert was a great way to end it all. Let’s hope this local spot is around for a nice long time!

  14. Dinner there was lovely.. I don’t care what you call it. The steak.. with the bacon wrapped around it.. was superb. I highly recommend.

  15. Donna Young

    Good news! The owners have kept that wonderful zinc bar from the S.S. Normandie—it is a true historic treasure! The craftsmanship of this bar is just exquisite!

  16. Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  17. Martin Weinberg

    The “manager” the heavy set bald guy in pink shorts and flip flops… He comes off as a ruge egotisical beligerant man. We had a party of 8 the other night and “Dominic” blamed all of the, as he called “overbooking” on the owner Elyane and the “other old man”. We are sorry to have missed the opportunity to dine there.

  18. B. Glattfine

    The picture posted is a photo of Drew.