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Cobb's Mill Inn, Weston, CT, shutters its doors

TrishUntrapped Jul 21, 2010 10:35 AM

The Cobb's Mill Inn, Connecticut's longest continuous food establishment, has closed. It's sad to see such a historic building (formerly a grist and lumber mill) set on the shores of a magnificent waterfall, call it a day.

Granted, it had been getting a bit old in the tooth, and food and service were spotty over the years, but no one could deny its unique beauty and charm.

Perhaps a new owner can breathe life into it. I hope it can stay a restaurant and isn't converted into something else.

http://www.acorn-online.com/joomla15/...

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Cobb's Mill Inn
Weston Rd, Weston, CT 06883

 
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    JayCT RE: TrishUntrapped Jul 21, 2010 01:09 PM

    This is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the country. It is unbelievably charming and historic. It is too bad that it has closed. I am sure someone will come in and return it to its old glory. Jay

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      hungrykids RE: TrishUntrapped Jul 21, 2010 02:06 PM

      uh-oh.

      first we thought about booking the restaurant at The Spinning Wheel for a January event. Then it closed.

      Then we thought about booking The Cobbs Mill Inn for the same event.
      And now it's closed.

      We're planning to sign a contract with the Danbury Plaza Hotel (don't all cringe at once, chowhounds, I know the food won't be chow-worthy, but they have the other pieces of the puzzle that we need...)

      Think I should warn them that we may be bad luck????

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        TrishUntrapped RE: hungrykids Jul 22, 2010 05:41 AM

        I wouldn't worry about the Danbury Plaza Hotel. I think it started as a Hilton, then became a Sheraton, and then something else, and something else.... and it's still here!

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          hungrykids RE: TrishUntrapped Nov 3, 2010 03:41 AM

          Okay, folks, you heard it here first.... after my post back in July, today's Danbury News-Times is reporting that the Danbury Plaza hotel was just sold to new owners. Now, I admit that doesn't mean it's closing, but, SERIOUSLY, how many more times can I go through this???

          And, for the record, we had the tasting at the hotel and the food really was dreadful...but location and space and other considerations mean we booked it anyway for the event. Who knows...maybe we'll get lucky and the new management team will bring in a better chef before January...

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            TrishUntrapped RE: hungrykids Nov 3, 2010 11:47 AM

            This just may be good news for you. Quite the times we're living in eh?

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        FoodieJim RE: TrishUntrapped Jul 22, 2010 08:49 AM

        Sad to see that the new owners couldn't make it work.

        Incidentally, the claim that this is Connecticut's longest continuous food establishment is spurious, given that it opened as a restaurant in 1936. The grills used at Louie's date back to 1898, and Frank Pepe was serving pies from his building (as opposed to from a cart) as early as 1925. And those are just two I can think of off the top of my head.

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          TrishUntrapped RE: FoodieJim Jul 22, 2010 10:16 AM

          According to the Cobb Mill's Web site it was a tea room in 1927.... then became fine dining in 1936... interesting!

          Pepe's changed locations in 1936.

          Louis' Lunch has moved four times.

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            FoodieJim RE: TrishUntrapped Jul 22, 2010 10:37 AM

            Seems to me that moving 11 feet hardly constitutes an interruption in service. The website says "food establishment" which, to me, signifies the enterprise serving the food, as opposed to the physical structure from which it is served.

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              TrishUntrapped RE: FoodieJim Jul 22, 2010 10:56 AM

              Fair arguments my friend.

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              HungryInRowayton RE: TrishUntrapped Jul 22, 2010 10:48 AM

              Not 100% certain it's been in continuous operation, but the Griswold Inn in Essex opened in 1776...

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              Griswold Inn
              36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426

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            bcsuka RE: TrishUntrapped Jul 22, 2010 05:25 PM

            Definitely a gorgeous location. Too bad that the quality of the food never lived up to the locale. It sounds like Mr. Guidera was giving an honest go at restoring some quality, but the timing was certainly unfortunate. I know that I hadn't been back there in ages, and it would have taken several positive reviews before I would have considered going back. Here's hoping it gets relaunched with a serious attempt at delivering a dining experience equal to the location.

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              shark_attack RE: bcsuka Jul 23, 2010 06:15 AM

              It sounds like Mr. Guidera sadly got caught up in the credit boom of 05/06.

              Remember the crazy stuff back then. Ads stating that anyone could borrow any amount no questions asked no job no credit check. I didn't believe that that was possible but it was. Our entire culture was consumed by a "get rich quick in real estate" mentality that was, it was plain to me as far back as the early 00's plain to see that it was doomed to failure.

              It sounds like Guidera took significant losses in this venture. It is also strange that this very year (or late last) we lost both the Cobbs Mill as well as Silvermine Tavern. All the old joints are disappearing. But let's face facts.

              Those places were wildly out of touch with the way American's eat these days, if we're eating at all. We no longer drive miles out of our way to destination restaurants to sit inside dark, cavernous spaces (with plenty of wood rot...Oh I have to add 3 Bears Inn to this list as well) where Giant hunks of mediocre meat are sold at full retail price.

              Aah, how we love a deal. And remember folks.....what goes up comes down again. I just found it funny that we as a society forgot that and even the richest and presumably brightest among us fell prey to their own inability to properly balance their own greed with a healthy dose of fear. But hey....That's why it's called a bubble:)

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              Silvermine Tavern
              194 Perry Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850

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                bcsuka RE: shark_attack Jul 23, 2010 10:17 AM

                Great post, and I was thinking the exact same thing: Cobbs Mill, Silvermine, Three Bears, Spinning Wheel. All relics, all gone. Just goes to prove that location isn't everything in the resto biz. Sometimes the quality of the food does matter after all.

                Red Barn better watch out! ;)

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              Annie90 RE: TrishUntrapped Oct 4, 2011 07:08 PM

              Can anybody recomend another venue for a private party, with a similar setting?

              Thanks!

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                TrishUntrapped RE: Annie90 Oct 4, 2011 07:27 PM

                How large a venue do you need? How many people?

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                  Annie90 RE: TrishUntrapped Oct 4, 2011 08:43 PM

                  About 70-75 for a lunch, family reunion.

                  Trying to find someplace south of New Haven.

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                    TrishUntrapped RE: Annie90 Oct 5, 2011 06:31 AM

                    Unfortunately Cobb's Mill Inn was one of a kind - a historic old mill set on the banks of a stunning waterfall.

                    The good news is the new owner is currently before the Planning and Zoning Commission and wants to revive it. But this will take time.

                    Alternative: One place I like is the Lounsbury House/Community Center in Ridgefield, CT.

                    Here is a link:

                    http://www.lounsburyhouse.com/

                    You might also check out The Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan and The Red Barn in Westport.

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                      Annie90 RE: TrishUntrapped Oct 5, 2011 07:36 AM

                      Thanks for the suggestions. Have you been to Red Barn recently? I had heard that it had gone downhill over the past few years.

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                      Red Barn
                      292 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880

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                        TrishUntrapped RE: Annie90 Oct 5, 2011 09:50 AM

                        No, sorry, haven't been there in several years.

                        BTW, you may want to post your question in a new post on this board, you may get more responses.

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