Cocktails and virtual golf envisioned for old Men's Wearhouse on Post Road East. / Photo by Thane Grauel
Cocktails and virtual golf envisioned for old Men’s Wearhouse on Post Road East. / Photo by Thane Grauel

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — A local couple wants to use the former Men’s Wearhouse building for a “golf clubhouse,” combining cocktails and indoor recreation.

The business at 950 Post Road East would have food, cocktails and indoor sports, including a golf simulator.

The plan has neighbors on adjacent Colonial Road concerned about noise, drinking and customers parking in their neighborhood. A meeting was held and issues were discussed. On file with the Planning and Zoning Department is a document detailing neighbors’ concerns, and how the applicants pledge to address them.

An overview on file with the Planning and Zoning Commission says the plan would “create an elevated space and experience for the community to gather, indulge, and play. Whether you’re looking to improve your golf swing, watch the big game, or enjoy craft cocktails and pub bites — there’s something for everyone. The Clubhouse will offer top-of-the-line multi-sport simulator technology, including golf, football, soccer, and even ‘zombie dodgeball.’ Interactive experiences, and a superior level of hospitality will make our concept a great addition to the Westport community.”

From the applicant's presentation.
From the applicant’s presentation.

A pre-application hearing with the Planning and Zoning Commission has been requested by Rick Redniss of Redniss and Mead on behalf of Emily and Tim Zobl.

A pre-application hearing allows a potential applicant to get non-binding feedback from the P&Z.

The site was previously approved for 14 units of housing, which might have helped the town obtain another moratorium from the state on its 8-30g affordable housing legislation (Westport’s moratorium just expired).

Housing on the site now appears a no-go.

Aerial view of the property.
Aerial view of the property at 950 Post Road East.

“Because of the increased cost of construction, interest rates, and changing market conditions, the property owner is not moving forward with the residential use at this time,” Rick Redniss wrote to the P&Z.

The building has recently been used for estate auctions.

The pre-application discussion does not yet appear on a P&Z agenda.

Thane Grauel, executive editor, grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond for 35 years. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.