Apparent Teena’s closing continues Stamford restaurant turnover
STAMFORD — Teena’s Apizza appears to have closed after only six months in business at 245 Main St., the latest departure in a downtown neighborhood that has already seen several restaurant changes this year.
The pizzeria has been dark in recent weeks, and its listed phone number and website are out of service. It is listed as “permanently closed” on Google. The establishment opened in June, filling a 1,600 square-foot-storefront whose previous tenant, Layla’s Falafel, closed at the beginning of the year.
Co-owners Kevin Romano and Derek Furino could not be reached for comment.
Romano and Furino opened Teena’s with much optimism, in the same location where Romano’s father had run a printing shop decades earlier. Teena’s name referred to the nickname of Romano’s late paternal grandmother.
“This location came available, and Derek and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to go into business together,” Romano said in June. “We always talked about doing something in Stamford.”
Furino and Romano met about 10 years ago when they were working as chef and property manager, respectively, at the Darien ice rink.
A Stamford native and resident, Romano has worked about 30 years in construction and property management. Furino’s culinary experience also includes 10 years at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, working as a personal chef for Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, who formerly served as the Bridgeport diocese’s bishop, and stints at two Fairfield restaurants, Steffano’s and Testo’s.
Teena’s apparent closing highlights the ongoing turnover in the restaurant row around Columbus Park.
In early October, The Factory Bar & Grill closed at 259 Main St., after only four months in business. Aguapanelas, at 84 W. Park Place, closed in late winter, after a similarly short run. Around the corner, at 1033 Washington Blvd., Italian restaurant Aria shut down around the same time.
“We have a lot of fantastic restaurants downtown and throughout the city,” Michael Marchetti, owner of Columbus Park Trattoria, at 205 Main St., said in a recent interview. “But what is happening is a little concerning. You don’t want to risk getting a reputation of not being a great restaurant town, if restaurants keep opening and closing.”
Despite the turnover, the neighborhood continues to attract more restaurants. Indian restaurant Adyar Ananda Bhavan, debuted this week at 1033 Washington.
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