When you’ve lived in Westport as long as Chip Stephens has, you know people. You hear things.
Lately, Chip has heard word that a number of long-established Westport establishments are closing. He wondered if “06880” knew anything more.
“06880” — that is, I — don’t. Asking businesses rumored to be imperiled if they’re really going under is the blog equivalent of wondering if you’ve stopped beating your wife. But I called the places Chip mentioned anyway.
Mario’s had the most emphatic answer: “No. It’s not true. We’ve been here 42 years. We’ll be here another 42.”
Tavern on Main gave the longest answer: “No. No, that’s not true. We’re the same as every place: We have good nights and bad nights. That’s just a rumor. I work here and I’ve heard it too, but it’s not true.”
A non-restaurant — Geiger’s Garden Center — was the brusquest: “No. We’ve been here 40 years. Business is fine.” (Click)
Six rumored closings; 6 places that say they’re weathering the storm. I take them at their word. I don’t think they’d Curran Cadillac me.