Tierra, downtown Westport's newest restaurant, opened this week in the reconfigured and renovated lower level of the former Town Hall building at 90 Post Road East -- a space that was once a jail.
Plush crushed-velvet seating and a pristine zinc bar welcome guests in a setting that is distinctively different from its historic roots in the structure that dates to 1908.
The transformation gives Tierra diners the impression that they have a seat off a piazza in a centuries-old European town.
Tierra's cuisine features eclectic influences from Colombia, Puerto Rico and Spain that coalesce into an original "Latin Roots" flavor and style. The executive chef and part owner, Sue Torres, was previously an owner of Suenos restaurant in New York City. The other three co-owners are Laura Luce, Chad Whited and Darren Carbone.
The main dining rooms and a private room combine to offer seating for 60 inside.
Outside, with new stone work and lighting, Tierra's patio with seating for 26 is sure to be a favorite gathering spot downtown for romantic ambiance.
There is ample parking in the lot behind the building.
Tierra has a staff of 15 for the front-of-the-house operations and about 10 for the back of the house.
For more information, call 203-5578482 or go to www.tierrawestport.com.