Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Southern New England >
Sep 8, 2011 01:55 PM

New life for Cobb's Mill Inn, Weston, CT

One of the state's oldest restaurants, which closed last year, looks like it is coming back.

The Cobb's Mill Inn (for years called 'the most romantic restaurant' in the state by Connecticut Magazine) which was foreclosed on, was recently sold for $1.76 million to a Westport developer. He wants to reopen it as a restaurant... but add guest rooms and make it more like a B&B.

Stories here:

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I'm glad it will continue to exist, it was a beautiful restaurant - and I hope they include the pea soup with pork cracklings that I had there about 30 years ago (I still think about it).

    1. Great news! Thanks so much for sharing. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

      1. When the Cocchia family had it, it was just superb. Then, eh. I look forward to trying what the new owners do to this landmark. It's thrilling to know that it's going to be a restaurant again!

        8 Replies
        1. re: shaogo

          Shaogo, the Cocchia family is back! Domenic is managing the restaurant again.

          Since I last posted some changes have been made. First, the restaurant has a new name, La Roue Elayne at Cobb's Mill.

          It looks like the guest room thing might be out for now. Now they're looking at making it a cabaret/restaurant. The new owner is dealing with Planning and Zoning issues and having issues with a neighbor:

          Stay tuned.

          1. re: TrishUntrapped

            after reading the article in the paper on thursday, i have to say i'm worried...but i'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best. just not sure a "cabaret/restaurant" is going to play well these days... and it sounds like Elayne was looking for a way to get performance exposure for her dance troupe - not like she was dying to open a restaurant - which is not exactly a formula for success

            1. re: hungrykids

              I hear you HungryKids, that's why I said stay tuned. We'll see how this shakes out.

              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                Seems that the proposed focus is a bit narrow for that area.

                If they can pull in business other then the locals they may have a shot if the focus is the cabaret.

            2. re: TrishUntrapped

              I can't believe it's been this long. Next week we're gonna have to go visit our old friend Mr. Cocchia. I saw the website and the name's a bit fussy but they've got an ambitious menu and an ambitious entertainment schedule -- I'm thrilled with both. I just hope to heavens that they're capitalized sufficiently to make it thru the long haul. Then they can perhaps enjoy the success and popularity that's Dominic Cocchia's legacy to the place!

              1. re: shaogo

                Mr. Cocchia's not there now. Shortly after the new owners took over, they dumped him.

                I had one meal there, very poor. I thought I would wait a few months to try it again before reporting. But after the first go round, haven't had the desire to go back.

                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                  Oh. No.

                  I guess they wanted the lay of the land from Domenic.

                  I found it peculiar, however, that he'd agreed to work with them. He must be age 70 or more. Doesn't he wanna slow down? Now maybe he'll *have* to...