On Thursday, September 7, The Courtyard Stamford Downtown in Stamford, Connecticut, held the much anticipated VIP Grand Opening of Bar Zepoli, a New York-style Italian bar and grill, located at 75 Broad Street, on the ground floor of the Courtyard.

Bar Zepoli offers guests an Italian dining experience mixed with a bit of New York flare.

UC Funds acquired the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in October 2016 knowing that the restaurant was planned and would be a perfect addition, given that the hotel is located on Stamford’s restaurant row, within walking distance of the best dining destinations in the area. UC Funds has garnered a great deal of experience in retail development, and our intricate knowledge of the industry made this acquisition a great fit. We understand the value that restaurants like Bar Zepoli add to popular, high traffic locations such as downtown Stamford, and always strive to capitalize on these opportunities.

Bar Zepoli’s Grand Opening celebration included a fun-filled ribbon cutting attended by Stamford locals and officials, including Mayor David Martin. The group was thrilled to have a first look at the city’s latest Italian eatery.

Stamford’s mayor David Martin, along with other excited attendees had a great time making the opening official.

Our recent $2 million+ renovation of The Courtyard has been a massive success thanks to the extensive upgrades and revitalized accommodations. I expect that Bar Zepoli will greatly add to the community’s excitement surrounding the dramatic changes to the hotel.

The property’s new addition offers a wide range of Italian-American fare, including pizza, steaks, seafood, and wings. The restaurant provides indoor and outdoor dining, a 14-stool bar, and will host live jazz and show video performances, from legends such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, on flat-screen televisions in the bar.

Mayor David Martin and fellow Stamford residents enjoyed Bar Zepoli’s unique atmosphere and cuisine.

After such a terrific grand opening, I’m very much looking forward to making Bar Zepoli one of my Stamford dining staples.

We have another project underway in Stamford as well. In May we acquired the Residence Inn Marriott for $40 million. The Residence Inn is located at 23 Atlantic Street, just down the road from the Courtyard. This is a long languishing asset in tremendous need of redevelopment, and we can’t wait to debut the revitalization in the coming months. We know Stamford’s residents will be thrilled with the outcome.

The success of Stamford’s downtown area makes it a perfect market for redevelopment, and we look forward to participating in many more projects as the city continues to grow.