Fresh&co opens Connecticut’s first restaurant at Stamford’s Atlantic Station

STAMFORD — Fast-casual restaurant group Fresh&co has announced plans to open its first Connecticut location this year at the downtown Atlantic Station complex.

It will occupy 2,860 square feet in the east tower of Atlantic Station at 355 Atlantic St., at the corner of Tresser Boulevard. The restaurant will be the 17th location of the family business Fresh&co, founded in 2010.

“Fresh&co is thrilled to join the Stamford community and bring our neighbors our menu of fresh, healthy and clean fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” said George Tenedios, co-founder and CEO of Fresh&co, in a press release. “We’ve been feeding New Yorkers fresh, nutritious food for the past 12 years and we’re excited to continue our expansion outside of the Manhattan market.”

With the exception of one location in Yonkers, NY, and one in Orlando, Florida, all of Fresh&co’s restaurants are in Manhattan, according to its website.

Including Stamford, there are more than 24 Fresh&co franchises in development, according to a company spokesperson. The opening last week of the Orlando restaurant marked the first franchised establishment.

“We are thrilled to welcome Fresh&co to Atlantic Station, as well as Connecticut, and are confident that their presence will be a welcome asset to residents, workforce and visitors,” said Whitney Arcaro, vice-president. Executive Chairman and Head of Marketing and Marketing. retail rentals at RXR, the owner of Atlantic Station, said in a statement.

“This is an important tenant that underscores the continued evolution of downtown Stamford into a day and night community, and we are proud to have worked with the various teams and Fresh&co to bring this to fruition. lease.”

Victor Shaio, owner of Stamford Fresh&co, said in a statement that “the pandemic created unique challenges in negotiating this deal, and we are grateful to the team at RXR for their professionalism and hard work throughout.” .

Fresh&co’s website cites the company’s partnerships with local farmers and a Fresh&co farm in Long Island, NY, “where we grow produce with the goal of providing hyper-local, seasonal fruits and vegetables to all of our restaurants in New York”.

“Our innovative menu is one of a kind, as we take special care of our vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and meat-loving customers,” the website adds. “All of our entrees, dressings, soups and sauces are prepared daily in-house, ensuring that every meal is prepared just right…Just for you.”

Atlantic Station represents one of the largest mixed-use developments built in Connecticut in recent years. The east tower, which houses 325 apartments, was completed in January 2018. It also contains approximately 34,000 square feet of retail space and approximately 30,000 square feet of office space.

The 325-apartment Atlantic Station West Tower, which also includes approximately 48,000 square feet of retail space, marked its grand opening last July.

A nearby building at 421 Atlantic St, which once housed a post office and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, hosts a Dogtopia Pet Care Center and an early childhood center, The Learning Experience.

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