When the proprietors of Kupz Frozen Yogurt & Coffee decided to brew their own cups of joe, they knew not just any beans could make the cut. That’s why they partnered with Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, whose carefully selected beans flavor Kupz’s house-roasted blends. On the cooler side, Kupz’s staffers serve specially blended flavors of frozen yogurt, as well as 20-ounce smoothies, which each contain more than five servings of real fruits, such as mangos and bananas. Coffee, yogurt, and smoothie feasts unfold inside a cozy storefront equipped with free WiFi and iPads.
The ingredients on The Stand Juice Company's menu recall the flavorful produce from roadside farmers’ stands of yore, presented in a decidedly modern way. Starting with fresh—usually organic—whole fruits and vegetables, the staff blends its ingredients into juices and smoothies that are hearty enough to make a meal of. These flavorful liquids also make up the five-day juice cleanse, in which customers stop by each morning to pick up fresh bottled juices. They then drink the juices in a prescribed order to aid the body in cleansing long-lingering toxins and intestinal debris. For bigger appetites, the staff slings its veggies in both salad and sandwich form.
Alex Rubeo wants to take you on a journey. Crossing the threshold into Mariela's Wine Bar, rich hardwoods and a humble atmosphere aim to transport the senses to a faraway place—to France, or maybe Italy—where visitors sip glasses of wine, share intimate conversation, and snack on shareable plates. Alongside pours from the rotating selection of wines by the glass, live music and tastings add to the relaxed atmosphere of cozy tables, a well-stocked bar, and the occasional Snuggie-clad bartender.
Situated inside Darien Ice Rink, Behind the Net Snack Bar refuels skaters and hockey players fresh off the ice. Warmth emanates from the pizza oven, bubbling the housemade crust on thin New Haven–style pizza and thawing out the digits of frozen goalies. Scenes of hockey victories and placid snowscapes dot the walls, hovering over morning diners hoisting breakfast sandwiches and lunchtime visitors enjoying grilled burgers and hot dogs. The snack bar looks directly out to the rink, allowing guests to view circling couples and check out players as they eat.
Franklin Street Works gallery and eatery provides a welcoming environment for local artists and social gatherers inside a two-story renovated row house, originally built in the late 19th century. The not-for-profit organization fosters creativity with art pieces, musicians, and artistic films inside its cozy space, replete with warm lighting and exposed-brick walls. The space hosts social programs to encourage socialization, such as wine tastings, talks by regional artists, and debates on which Skittle flavor is the tastiest. A menu of artisanal tidbits from regional vendors features gourmet sandwiches, draft beers, and baked goods that guests can savor knowing that profits help to sustain the artistic haven