Westport’s newest eatery opened a couple of hours ago.
Chez 180 is named for its address: 180 Post Road East. That’s the big building next to Design Within Reach, opposite Le Penguin and Jeera Thai.
Offering contemporary desserts, fresh baked breads and pastries, crepes, sandwiches, soups, salads, artisanal coffee and more, it’s downtown’s first patisserie since — well, je ne sais pas.
Chef Carlos Perez 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.
It looks like a winner. It’s warm and welcoming, with a wonderful menu (click here, then scroll down to see).
Chez 180 is open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.