Mon Dieu! After All The Closings, Chez 180 Opens

The end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 battered pizza lovers, sandwich munchers and shirt buyers. Bang bang bangWestport Pizzeria, Chef’s Table and Banana Republic all announced they were closing.

But a glimmer of hope can be seen on an empty storefront at 180 Post Road East. There — directly opposite Le Penguin — a sign announces that 180 Chez is opening soon.

From the outside, it looks enticing. From the words on the websiteoooh la la!

Chez 180 is a unique patisserie & experience, offering contemporary desserts, fresh baked breads and pastries, artisanal coffee and beverages, as well as a wide variety of savory creations to satisfy every palate.

Enjoy a culinary experience, and discover a menu full of fresh local ingredients highlighting superior quality and taste.

Chez 180 is the creation of Carlos Perez. He trained at the French Culinary Institute, then worked at top New York restaurants before returning home to Connecticut.

Carlos Perez

In 2006 Perez opened La Palette Bakery in Watertown. He operated it for 13 years, while also working as an executive chef. He closed La Palette in June, to pursue Chez 180.

The website notes: “With dreams coming to fruition, Chef Perez and the team at Chez 180 look to bring a whole culinary experience, ranging from sweet to savory, to Westport and surrounding communities.”

Who needs pizza? Soups, sandwiches and salads? Or even shirts and pants?

Pretty soon, we’ll have Chez 180.


7 responses to “Mon Dieu! After All The Closings, Chez 180 Opens

  1. Debbie O’Malley

    Please, Please, S’il vous plaît let them serve crêpes!!!!! 🙏🏻

  2. Elissa Moses

    Excited to have this new arrival Wishing for soups.

  3. Is that the Baskin Robbins space? BTW what has become of the former “323” location that is supposedly under construction for a new restaurant. Every time I drive by it, it looks to be in worse condition.

  4. Audrey Doniger

    Sure hope your “restaurant critic” doesn’t review this…maybe it’s just me but I cannot understand why someone who is watching their weight doesn’t know that a salad with dressing on the side is a better choice than a fully loaded Caesar…..I would love to hear restaurant recommendations without the diet choices…Happy eating Westport!

  5. Adrian Little

    I am the first to wish small businesses well as I am one, but the choice of location for this one baffles me – no foot traffic to speak of, no street parking for a quick in and out and the lot behind the building is usually full and who is going to try and cross the Post Road to get coffee!

  6. Jason Abrams

    Well, I’ll crawl over broken glass if they do tarte tatin right.

  7. Rebecca Ellsley

    Excited to try this and will try to support you. I am very sorry to hear about the other closings in town.