Former 9th Note space to welcome new Stamford restaurant

March 29, 2018 GMT

The downtown Stamford site of a former jazz club is tuning up for a new establishment.

La Perle Restaurant & Bar is scheduled to open this spring at 15 Bank St., according to signs posted in the front windows. It would fill the vacancy left by 9th Note Jazz Supper Club, which closed in January 2017. The space previously housed Grand Nightclub & Restaurant.

“This would be a restaurant serving great American cuisine infused with flavors from around the Caribbean,” says an excerpt on La Perle’s website. The owners “wanted to serve guests from all over (including) those who would be open minded, adventurous and inquisitive about food.”

The new establishment will serve lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunches. It will operate Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to “late,” according to the website.

Co-owners and cousins Peter Medoit and Smith St. Juste were inspired to launch La Perle by a post-game dinner during a 2016 trip to attend a Dallas Cowboys game, according to the website. They then enlisted good friend Harold J. Felix to join them in the new venture.

La Perle will be looking to make a longer run than 9th Note, which lasted about 14 months. Operating as Stamford’s only jazz club, 9th Note featured Cajun cuisine accompanied by nightly performances.

“We couldn’t ever get a crowd down there,” club owner Chris O’Dowd said in an interview last year. “We couldn’t make it a scene. It’s a bummer, but we gave it a year.”

Bank Street comprises part of a dining corridor around Columbus Park that has recently seen substantial turnover. In the past couple of months, Layla’s Falafel at 245 Main St., Aria Restaurant at 1033 Washington Blvd., and Aguapanelas at 84 W. Park Place have closed. Aguapanelas lasted only about three months following its debut last November.

Among other potential newcomers, painted signage for a Factory Bar & Grill has been displayed on the facade of the building at 261 Main St. for several months, but the establishment has not yet opened.

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