“I would have called it Bohemian Wrapsody,” Heyman said. “It just never happened. Well, I guess it recently did. It’s just not on wheels.”
Heyman made most of that dream come true when she opened Bohemian Wrapsody. The new restaurant is located at 5 E. Main, home of the former Pressed Café, where she served as the kitchen manager.
Bohemian Wrapsody’s predecessor, the Pressed Café, closed after just three months.
“I’m a little overwhelmed but happy. It’s kind of all of these emotions,” she said.
Heyman, who’s been in the food industry for 35 years, said when it became evident that the Pressed Café wasn’t going to last, she couldn’t stand the thought of it all being for nothing.
“I worked so hard to help keep it going,” she said. “I didn’t want it to go to waste. The landlord (Stan Obrenovich) knew how hard I worked with the old place and he encouraged me to run my own. …We opened this restaurant in 18 days. We painted and redecorated and came up with the menu. It’s been insane.”
Heyman said this downtown eatery offers something unique.
“It’s not just another burger joint,” she said. “We offer a variety. We have 19 different wraps, paninis, smoothies. We have several (smoothies); protein, real fruit, chocolate. We also offer sweets like pies, cakes, brownies and pumpkin rolls. And we have nightly specials.”
Heyman said despite opening around the same time as the Freight House, located a few blocks away on Prospect Street, she’s not worried.
“We’re not in competition. We’re serving different, interesting options,” she said. “We just opened and we’ve been hopping.”
Something else that might make the Bohemian Wrapsody unique is its ’community gathering and family-friendly atmosphere.’
“Norwalk needs something like this,” Heyman said. “Something that’s not centered around alcohol. It’s centered around family.”
Heyman intends to deliver just that.
“Everyone from 2 to 90 can enjoy it here. People really have a good time,” Heyman said.
“I love it when people come in and everybody knows everybody. Once winter settles in, we’re planning on having Pictionary nights where tables or the whole restaurant can play Pictionary together. And we’ll have board games out so people can just come down and play a game together with family and friends. ...We have the adult coloring pages hung up near the booths and people will just take them down and color a little bit and then pin them back where they were. Then we hang the finished ones in the entryway. It’s a community project that way.”
The new business also offers a carry-out menu and is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.