In the best of times it takes self-confidence, steel nerves and big bucks to open a restaurant in Westport.
These are not the best of times.
Nonetheless, workers are busy transforming the recently vacated Zest into Cafe Manolo. After more than a century as a bank basement, the space — underneath Patagonia, across from the Y — opens in June as a 2nd consecutive eatery.
Manolo’s website calls it “a dream created by experience and memories.” Chef Pedro Garzon — formerly with the Barcelona restaurant group — has a background in both Europe and Barbados.
Manolo promises “traditional Mediterranean fare and presentation.”
Let’s hope our pocketbooks and palate are where Manolo’s owners think they are.
Let’s hope our usual aversion to parking more than 10 steps from a restaurant’s door doesn’t doom this new place.
And let’s thank Manolo for rushing in where many other restaurateurs would not dare tread.