Both Fairfield and Westport have recently relaxed town regulations limiting restaurant growth, and have seen an increase in restaurants opening downtown. Stamford and Danbury are also focused on their dining options as part of revitalization efforts, and Greenwich is considering easing zoning rules which impose distance requirements between bars on Greenwich Avenue, as it has in other commercial districts in town. The hope is for a healthy mix of restaurants and retail with the restaurant crowd bringing customers to downtown retail.

CT Main Street Center CEO Patrick McMahon contributes: “In our crazy digitized age when everyone is online and in front of their computers all day, the restaurants provide that opportunity to connect on a human level, it fills a really important part of the social fabric of communities.”

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Property Rounds: Restaurants could help resolve retail woes – Greenwich Time