Dinner Theater

Paul Newman knows what he wants. so when the legendary actor decided to create a top-notch restaurant adjoining the Westport Country Playhouse?the renowned Connecticut theater run by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward?he had ideas for what one should see, smell and taste. One architect sketched plans for a stark space, all stainless steel and alabaster white. "Paul flipped out!" says chef Michel Nischan. "He wanted very country and very warm."

And so a homey waft of vanilla greets you as you walk into the barn-like Dressing Room. There are exposed beams overhead and flickering candlelight everywhere. The walls...

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