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Locals Fill Up at New Burger Joint

Darien resident Nicholas Type thinks he has eaten at almost every burger joint in the tri-state area, plus many on the West Coast and around the country. Before opening The Filling Station restaurant with co-owner Seth Leifer in New Canaan in March, Type said they ate their way around America. They drew inspiration from classics like In-N-Out Burger and White Manna in New Jersey.

Type, who has lived in town for five years, said he became interested in food when his family was living in Switzerland, near what he calls the greatest food in the world, in central France.

He previously owned two restaurants in Manhattan, but moved with his wife, two children and two dogs to Darien for "peace and quiet." He and Leifer opened The Filling Station, a unique burger joint, on March 1 and estimate they have served 50,000 customers since.

"We wanted something that would be a perfect match, something that would work well for Fairfield County—it needed something like this," Type said. The Filling Station's name was inspired by roadside joints that Type and Leifer saw on their research trips.

The Filling Station serves organically raised meat from a cooperative of local farms, and the milkshakes are made from hormone- and antibiotic-free milk. Type said patrons like the healthy fare and the low prices.

Chris Day, who works at The Filling Station, calls it one of the best jobs he's ever had because he gets to work with people like Type. "It's easy to come to work," said Day, a New Canaan resident.

Type enjoys seeing customers of all ages eat at The Filling Station. "I love every minute of the day," he said. "The biggest reward is seeing people enter your door and enjoy themselves."

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