Greg Palmer July 30, 2019 before P&Z Commission

Glen Liquors Leaving Noroton Heights Shopping Center, P&Z Approves Embody for Temporary Structure

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When the present Noroton Heights Shopping Center is demolished in order to make way for a rebuilt one, Glen Liquors won’t be moving into a temporary structure in one of the parking lots. “We were turned down by Glen Liquors on the temporary building,” Greg Palmer, part of the family that owns the shopping center, told the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday. At that meeting, Palmer asked for permission for Embody Fitness Gourmet to relocate to a temporary structure in the same parking lot (between Palmer’s Market and the shopping center). The commission gave its approval, but Embody may not. Embody “has asked us to pursue it [permission to relocate to a temporary building in the parking lot],” Palmer said.

Darien Doughnut

Darien Doughnut to Close in August, Embody Fitness Gourmet May Move to Temporary Space

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Darien Doughnut, one of the stores in the Noroton Heights Shopping Center, announced Monday on the business’s Facebook timeline that it will be closing in late August, with Sunday, Aug. 25 as its last day of business. The shopping center is expected to be demolished this fall as part of a project to replace it with new buildings. Another food-serving establishment in the shopping center, Embody Fitness Gourmet, may go into a temporary structure on the site while the shopping complex on Heights Road is demolished and rebuilt.

“An announcement to our customers, who have been so loyal over the years: After almost 30 years, Darien Doughnut’s final day of operations will be Sunday August 25,” the post on the Darien Doughnuts Facebook timeline said. “Thank you for your patronage.

Philip Domino

Embody Fitness Gourmet Hires a Chief Executive Officer

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Embody Fitness Gourmet, a purveyor of performance food with cafes in Darien, Westport and New Canaan, announced today that Philip Domino has joined the company as its chief executive officer. Most recently, Mr. Domino was director of operations at Green and Tonic. Previously, he served as director of operations at Momofuku – Fuku in New York. Mr. Domino worked for seven years at Le Pain Quotidien in increasingly responsible positions globally, eventually as district manager for Connecticut and New York. He is a graduate of the Professional Chef Program at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Cambridge, Massachusetts.