First there was pan-Asian. In February 2010 TaiPan went Indian.
Now Thali is changing cuisine. On or around January 12, the Compo Acres restaurant becomes Oaxaca Kitchen — a high-end Mexican bar and restaurant.
But the owner — Prasad Chirnomula — stays the same. Westport’s Oaxaca may be only the 2nd Indian-owned Mexican restaurant in the country.
Prasad’s New Haven Oaxaca might be the 1st.
Besides those 2, he owns Thalis in New Canaan, Ridgefield and 2 in New Haven (the 2nd one there is called Thali Too, ho ho).
Standing outside his old/new restaurant this morning, as the renovation progressed, Prasad said that perhaps having so many Indian restaurants in the area (including his own, not far away) hurt business.
But, he says, Westport is ready for a “high-end Mexican” place.
¡Buen provecho! ¡Buen apetito!
(Click here for menus from the New Haven Oaxaca restaurant.)
Several years ago, when the Westport Country Playhouse was being renovated, nearby restaurants saw drops of up to 2/3 in business.
The Dressing Room sits in the shadow of the Playhouse. Other partner restaurants are not far away.
This summer, many of those restaurants — the ones still around, anyway — will show their appreciation for the Playhouse in a tangible way. Seven have signed on as “partners” for the 2011 season. Playhouse subscribers receive discounts of up to 20%, when presenting a ticket or stub on the day of that performance.
It’s a win-win-win. Participating restaurants get their logos displayed in Playhouse promotional materials (and complimentary tickets). The Playhouse gets to support — and gets support from — local businesses.
And theater-goers get great, discounted meals at a diverse mix of restaurants. It’s a nice reminder that Fairfield hasn’t stolen all our culinary thunder.
(Click here for full restaurant descriptions and discounts.)
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