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.

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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