After 66 years: Angus Steakhouse closes, a ‘little pub’ on tap
FAIRFIELD — An Angus has gone out to pasture and a pub hopes to tap into a new dining crowd at one of Fairfield’s best-known restaurant venues.
The Angus Steakhouse, which anchored Dolan’s Corner at Black Rock Turnpike and Stillson Road for more than 65 years has closed, and will be replaced by a “little pub” — the owners spell the name without capitalization, the fourth outlet for the Fairfield County-based culinary group.
The Fairfield pub will open later this summer after the site is renovated, according to a statement from the owner, Daneen Grabe, a Fairfield resident. The restaurant business has three other locations in Wilton, Ridgefield and Greenwich.
"It's a cute and cozy building in a perfect neighborhood for ‘little pub,’ ” Grabe said in the statement announcing plans for the new restaurant. "We're really looking forward to serving the community."
The Angus Steakhouse was established in 1950 by Joseph "Cozy" Dolan, and operated at the busy Black Rock-Stillson intersection under several different owners until its recent closure.
The Dolan family, who owned both the restaurant and several retail outlets next to it, were commercial pioneers along Black Rock Turnpike in 1950. When Joseph Dolan announced plans to open a restaurant in what then was a largely undeveloped area of town — unlike today’s thriving commercial hub — he reportedly was told by many people that no one would patronize the steakhouse. However, the restaurant proved to be an enduring favorite.
"We're excited to bring the convivial and bustling fun energy of ‘little pub’ to the town of Fairfield,” Lars Anderson, the restaurants’ operations manager and longtime Fairfield resident, said in the new ownership announcement. "And besides, how could an iconic Fairfield address known as Dolan's Corner not have a neighborhood pub?"
The first “little pub” was opened in Ridgefield by Daneen Grabe in 2009, with additional restaurants in Wilton in 2012 and Greenwich in 2014.
The restaurants’ menu is described as “modern pub fare,” which according to Tim Passaro Jr., the executive chef, means, “There are no rules in pub food, other than its got to be good ... The beauty of our menu is it allows me to really stretch out and innovate, while still maintaining a foothold in the traditional fish-and-chips pub menu. We've got something for everyone."