New Romanian-American restaurant moves to East Haven

EAST HAVEN, CT — Fairfield’s loss is East Haven’s gain, when it comes to Romanian-American cuisine.

Café Transilvania, which opened in late 2020, is closing at 246 Post Road in Fairfield on June 5, with plans to open the new Transilvania Restaurant and Bar at 23 Main St. in East Haven in time for the Work.

The new location is a full restaurant and bar, and will be “in a beautiful historic old building that resembles old buildings in Transilvania,” owners Alina and Christian Caldarariu wrote on Facebook.

“We are so excited to build a kitchen and bar and it will be Dracula Vlad the Impaler themed,” the owners wrote. “We also have about 35 parking spaces, a garden and a river at the back. We are planning to open on September 1 this year, so we can’t wait.”

The cafe’s menu specializes in traditional Romanian dishes such as mici, which is a skinless sausage; Hungarian paprikash; stuffed cabbage; and classic American fare, such as ribs, burgers, and all-day breakfast.

The couple, who immigrated to the United States in 2013, both have extensive expertise in the hospitality industry.

The opening of the new spot, however, made it impossible to operate the Fairfield site as well, but the Caldarariues are grateful to have followed the established cafe.

“We would like to thank each of our customers who came to try our food and hopefully we can see [all of you] one more time before we close our doors!” they said. “It’s been a year and a half, but we can already say that Fairfield [has] an amazing community with wonderful people and we really hope to see some of you in East Haven in the fall.”

— Anna Bybee-Schier, Patch Staff contributed to this report.

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