Visions for Vacancies: Former Kobis Japanese Steak House

What would you like to see take the place of the vacant restaurant on Kings Highway East?

This week we’re taking a look at a different part of town and asking our readers’ what type of business or other type of property they’d like to see in a vacant spot on Kings Highway East.

The freestanding 451 Kings Highway East site formerly known as has been put up for rent by Fischel Properties. According to Fischel’s website, the restaurant could seat 166. The building itself measures 4,800 square feet and the developer has set the lease at $35 per square foot a month.

The property is close to the office complex at 501 Kings Highway East and bordered by hair salon on the right and an car dealership on the left.


What would you like to see take the place of Kobis Japanese Steak House? Another restaurant, a different type of business, or something else all together? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to relay ideas to Fairfield’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

P Keating May 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM
How about an APPLE store? Would be a hit and the only one between Stamford and New Haven. Lots of University population in the area to support it along with Fairfield's year round population. Would add style and class to this part of town on the edge of coming back!
fairfield newcomer May 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I think there is something wrong with the rent reported, $168,000.00 per month, maybe that should be per year.
cheers May 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I second the Apple store. In terms of keeping it a restaurant - Mongolian Barbecue or PF Changs.
FFLDRESIDENT May 22, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Not enough parking for an Apple Store, unless they knocked down the old VW building and repaved the entire lot.
Carrie May 22, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Pi May 22, 2012 at 01:47 PM
It's a bad location. There are only about a dozen parking spots for the building.
AJ May 22, 2012 at 01:48 PM
That whole section of Kings Highway East needs to be renovated- that old VW dealership that has flooding issues, the old Brown furniture store that's now becoming a blighted property and that whole strip mall that Hollywood Video used to be in is full of vacant store sites. Because the immediate neighborhood is in such bad shape I don't have high hopes for who/whatever replaces Kobis...with our luck it'll be another hookah lounge.
Fairfield Resident May 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM
A Hookah Lounge would be nice.
R. Ludlowe May 22, 2012 at 02:36 PM
how about: - some additional classrooms for our overcrowded schools - some bathrooms for the MetroStation - a Walgreens for the Stratfield village folks
jk May 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
R. Ludlowe - you win on this one
Chandra Johnson Greene May 22, 2012 at 04:15 PM
The following comments were posted on Fairfield Patch's Facebook page: Maureen Schaffner-DuBoys: "A true Authentic Brazilian Restaurant ( with meat platters/waiters coming around to your table)..A huge salad bar!!!" Tracy Brockman-Diaz: "A great Cuban place please." Jill Kovacs: "Another restaurant, preferably one less snooty than Kobis. I'm not surprised they closed. I'm surprised they lasted as long as they did. Their food was just OK, not nearly as good as Kiraku, which has better prices." Vandna Bhagat: "Brazilian sounds perfect!" Tricia Caira: "I third the motion of an authentic Brazilian restaurant!! (I hear there is a great one in Stamford - but would prefer to enjoy one closer to home!)"
MJ May 22, 2012 at 05:44 PM
AJ, I am of the opinion that you are not wholly familiar with the immediate neighborhood. A few vacancies does represent an entire neighborhood. The neighborhood in fact is not in bad shape. There are families who live here, who enjoy the area. There are plenty of restaurants and retail stores. Granted, it doesn't receive the attention that Southport or the downtown area gets, but it is a decent place to live and work. Kobis, by the way, is reopening as I understand it, under new management.
Liz May 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
We have plenty of banks, supermarkets and chinese restaurants; Brazillian sounds good, or authentic spanish food.
Kimberly Hill May 22, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I was bummed when Kobis went away. Teppan or hibachi as its called in CT was quite yummy in this fairfield location. We have plenty of asian restaurants but I'd love to see an authentic chinese restaurants and by that I don't mean PF Changs which is american chinese. An authentic mexican restaurant would also be awesome and I'd love to see a brazilian restaurant. Please no fast food, its bad enough we have a mcdonalds and a duchess.
AJ May 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM
MJ- I was not commenting on the residential aspects of the neighborhood or even the overall neighborhood, I have no problems with it from that perspective but I think the fact that that stretch of Kings Highway East between the Stop and Shop and the BP gas station has seen better days and needs some new blood is pretty incontrovertable and obvious. Is that old VW delaership not sitting there empty? Is the old massage parlor they closed down not boarded up and becoming blighted? Is the old furniture store still not empty and becoming blighted? Are over half the storefronts on that long strip mall not empty? Did Kobis not just close? All of these are facts and I see it every day when I drive by. No offense if you live in the reseidential part of that neighborhood, I wasn's commenting on that, I was commenting on the commercial aspect of it.
brian kelly June 14, 2012 at 04:57 AM
anything but another asian restaurant would be refreshing. last year 20 asian restaurant opened in the town of fairfield. how much rice can i eat? and they are almost always empty. and at 11:00 pm buses pick up the entire staff and owners and bring them back to flushing queens ny. the money and profits don't even stay in the town of fairfield, it all goes back to flushing queens ny. fact! brian kelly


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