Norwalk-based REN Dumpling & Noodle House is opening an outpost in Wilton, at the Gateway Plaza at 14 Danbury Rd., and not only is owner Eric Xie celebrating with a grand opening ribbon cutting on Friday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m., he will donate all the proceeds from the entire opening weekend⎯Friday, Saturday and Sunday⎯to the Riverbrook Regional YMCA.
Riverbrook Regional YMCA is the umbrella organization for the Wilton Family Y and the Norwalk YMCA, which merged last spring.
The restaurant will serve Chinese cuisine and features Szechuan style dishes and Dim Sum.
Xie’s generosity is something that made an impression on two local legislators who helped the restaurateur connect with the YMCA, especially noting that he’s donating not just profits but all proceeds.
“This wonderful Norwalk business owner is expanding to Wilton, and we couldn’t be happier,” Wilton’s State Sen. Toni Boucher said. “Chef Xie reached out to Sen. Tony Hwang and me recently to express his desire to help one of Wilton’s non-profit groups. Since the YMCA now serves both Wilton and Norwalk, this was a great fit. The Y does so much for our communities, and this generous offer from Eric will help to benefit many area residents. We encourage people to try this new restaurant and spread the word about this opening. The food is delicious and I plan to take my family!”
“As a frequent visitor to Chef Xie’s Village Gourmet restaurant in Norwalk, I am thrilled that he is bringing authentic home-style comfort Chinese food to Wilton,” Hwang said. “Chef Zie is a community-minded small business owner who enjoys giving back to help others. That’s evident by the restaurant’s generous support of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA.”
“We thank the REN Dumpling & Noodle House, chef/owner Eric Xie, State Senator Toni Boucher and State Senator Tony Hwang for choosing the YMCA to receive the proceeds from the REN Dumpling’s opening,” said Bob McDowell, CEO of, Riverbrook Regional YMCA. “Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors in Wilton and Norwalk to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. These funds will ensure we can deliver on this promise.”
The Riverbrook Regional YMCA, which also serves Redding residents, is a charitable organization dedicated to maximizing the personal potential of all individuals in the community.
REN Dumpling & Noodle House can be reached at 203.761.9886.