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6/18/2015 - Funchal Café on the Green Marks Second Downtown Restaurant for Small Business Owner

“Downtown is a growing neighborhood that is home to great restaurants, thriving businesses that are creating hundreds of jobs and hundreds of housing options. Job creators, investors, and small business owners are seeing the progress in downtown and are choosing to open their businesses here.” Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Conn. (June 18, 2015) – Mayor Bill Finch recently joined small business owner Valerio Fernandes for the opening of Funchal Café on the Green, a new restaurant located in Bridgeport’s improving downtown neighborhood.

“Downtown is a growing neighborhood that is home to great restaurants, thriving businesses that are creating hundreds of jobs and hundreds of housing options,” said Mayor Finch. “Job creators, investors, and small business owners are seeing the progress in downtown and are choosing to open their businesses here. It’s further proof that Bridgeport is getting better every day.”

The new restaurant marks the second downtown location for Fernandes who is also the owner of Funchal Café located at 881 Lafayette Boulevard. The new location offers sandwiches, salads, wraps, Paninis and sushi.  

“Everyone should come down and try the new Funchal Cafe,” said Fernandes. “Everything we do is about Bridgeport. We believe in Bridgeport.”

Funchal Café of the Green is located at 211 State Street, a historic 57,600 square foot retail and office building located at the corner of State Street and Broad Street in downtown Bridgeport developed by Forstone Capitol.  Additionally, Forstone has developed the Landmark apartments in the former Mechanics & Farmers Building, and recently announced plans for a German beer hall in the original People’s Bank building at 155 State Street along with a comedy club at the former Playhouse on the Green.

“We’re seeing a lot of momentum here in downtown Bridgeport thanks to Mayor Finch,” said Michael Moore, President/CEO of the Downtown Special Services District.

Along with the grand opening of Funchal Café, a new bakery, Sweet Treats, recently opened downtown at 960 Main Street, located in a historic building on the corner of Main St. and John St. across the street from the historic Bridgeport City Trust Building.

And, construction was recently kicked off at the Security Building, at 1115 Main St., an eight-story building built in 1904 by the Security Building Company. It was designed by architect Lucius L. Bridge of Philadelphia in the Queen Anne/Colonial Revival style. The Security Building and two adjacent structures at 1103 and 1135 Main St. are being redeveloped by Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, LLC.

This will create more residential options for people to move to downtown Bridgeport (06604 zip code), which has the second highest concentration of residents in their 20s in Fairfield County, with 19.5 percent. And 06604 zip code is significantly younger than the nation as a whole, with 13.8 percent of Americans in their 20s.

Also, work already is underway across the street in the a long-neglected block. The Jayson Building (179 Middle St.) and the Newfield Building (1184 Main St.) will be combined into one structure, the Jayson-Newfield Building. It will serve as home to 104 new apartments and 8,000  square feet of ground floor retail space.