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Wednesday, June 20 Business

New restaurant slated for former O Bar in Trumbull

Two Fairfield restaurateurs are planning on bringing a revamped concept for a former Trumbull Center bar.

With two popular eateries in Wilton, Mario and Lopez and his wife Christina Ramirez are preparing to open their second Bianco Rosso in the site that housed the former O Bar & Grill at 942 White Plains Road.

O Bar closed in the spring of 2016.

“The town needs something like (what) we do like Bianco Rosso in Wilton,” Lopez said, stating that he and his wife were drawn to the space because they felt it was a perfect location for what they envisioned for their third eatery.

With more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant business, Lopez said he and Ramirez wanted to bring their vibrant New York-style wine bar theme to the town.

Lopez and Ramirez opened the first Bianco Rosso in Wilton in 2012 at 151 Old Ridgefield Road. They also own the rustic-style gastropub Craft 14 Kitchen + Bar at 5 River Road, which opened two years ago.

With an outdoor seating area and plenty of parking spaces, Lopez said the potential for the 3,000-square-foot space was evident as they would often pass by Trumbull Center.

“It’s going to be a good spot for us,” Lopez said.

According to the Fairfield resident, the new restaurant will feature the same Italian-themed menu as the Wilton version. Bianco Rosso of Trumbull will also offer a mix of craft and specialty drinks along with a full wine, which made the initial restaurant a popular destination.

The pair said the space will undergo a complete remodeling.

Construction is already underway as the Ramirez is taking point on designing the layout of the space. She is also responsible for the design of both their Wilton restaurants.

“It’s going to be different because I am trying to have a very different style as the other restaurant that it used to be,” Ramirez said, stating that the restaurant will have plenty of open space with slight division from the dining room to the bar area.

With a somewhat larger space than their Wilton restaurant, Bianco Rosso of Trumbull will feature the same modern theme with steel fixtures and bright colors. Ramirez said she also plans to incorporate some rustic wood features like those seen in Craft 14.

Bianco Rosso of Trumbull could open in the next three months.

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