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 website — oooh 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.
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.