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New Cobb's Mill Restaurateur Has Darien Ties

La Roue Elayne at Cobb's Mill Inn recently opened.

Last weekend, La Roue Elayne at Cobb's Mill Inn in Weston opened its doors to the public, starting things off with live music and drinks on Saturday night followed by Mother's Day brunch and dinner on Sunday.

The restaurant had been closed since 2010. 

According to The Weston Forum, the restaurant will offer salmon, lobster, ham, lamb, beef and other seafood options. La Roue Elayne will open today with a "limited pub menu," and is scheduled to open on a full scale next week. 

The restaurant's Facebook page states that live music is scheduled for every Saturday night this month. 

Elayne Cassara and Drew Friedman are the brains behind the new restaraunt, former owner Domenic Cocchia is the general manager and the head chef is Michael Achille. 

Cassara has been in charge of decorating and entertainment in the new restaurant, according to an article in The Weston Forum.

She was co-pastor of , an evangelical church she had helped found in Darien that had grown from 12 members to more than 2,000 in two decades, according to the Forum. In 2005, tragedy struck when her seven-year-old son, Jon-Kely, died in an amusement park accident.

Cassara took a year off, thought about her career, and decided to go back to school. Last spring she received a bachelor's degree in theater from Fairfield University.

History

A structure that predates the Revolutionary War—according to a historical plaque located on the property—the Cobb's Mill Inn stands majestically near the center of , abutting Cobbs Mill Pond.

The inside of the building has been renovated and offers comfortable, open and well-lit areas for dining, while also caters to those who just wish to imbibe in the spirits. 

The building itself has a rich history, having been used as a lumber mill, a grist mill and a cider mill.

In the 1800s, Westonites who wished to build homes would bring the trees they cut down on their properties to the mill in order to process the wood. According to the plaque, "many of the fine old homes in Weston today are built with lumber cut at the old mill."

But over time, a plague befell the chestnut trees which populated the area.

"During this period [the 1800s] there stood in these parts large quantities of chestnut trees which kept the mill busy," the plaque reads. "However, this portion of the mill's activity ceased in the early 1900s because of a severe blight to the chestnut trees."

In 1913, Frank and Margaret Cobb purchased the property, while the mill was no longer in operation. Following Cobb's death in 1923, his wife sold the property in 1927, giving birth to its first "modern commercial enterprise"—an antique shop and tea room. 

More history follows:

In 1936, Alice DeLamar and Jacques deWolfe converted the building to a country inn and fine dining establishment. Among their many improvements were the two fine mahogany and pewter bars rescued from the cruise ship “Normandie”, which can be seen today in the Tavern Room. The Mill was owned and operated from 1952 to 1986 by Julie P. Jones, and from 1986 to 2006 by the Cocchia family of Norwalk.

In 2006, two Westonites, former Weston First Selectman George C. Guidera and Peter’s Weston Market proprietor James E. Magee purchased the inn and re-dedicated it to providing the very finest food, spirits and hospitality. 

Once doubling as a lodge and restaurant, five U.S. presidents are said to have visited the property.

La Roue Elayne

Open:

  • Sunday through Thursday: 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Brunch on Sunday: 11 to 2:30 p.m.

12 Old Mill Rd.

(203) 227-7221

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Editor's note: This article previously was published by Weston-Redding-Easton Patch.

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