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Blu Parrot Lands In Saugatuck

Surging Saugatuck gets another big boost this Wednesday.

The Blu Parrot flings open its doors. Westport’s newest restaurant — on the site of the old Jasmine, and the older Arrow — offers an inspired menu, and equally intriguing live music.

It’s a big space, and the owners have big plans.

But it’s also the perfect space: the corner of Charles Street and Saugatuck Avenue, easy to get to and near many other new (and old) cool places in that part of town.

The owners are hardly newbies. Adam Lubarsky and Steven Alward are Staples grads (Class of 1973) and old friends. In 1978 — age 23 — they opened the Georgetown Saloon. For 26 years they offered good food, honest prices, and music so kick-ass that Keith Richards was a regular.

Now — back in their home town — Adam says, “We want to elevate the bar.”

Steve’s menu features dishes like oyster po’boys, Bubbe’s brisket sandwich, Moroccan lamb kebabs, bool kogi, and shrimp & grits.

The walls are filled with original works of local artists and photographers: Daryl Hawk, Al Coyote Weiner, Lynn Duebendorfer and Adam’s mother, the late Thelma Lubarsky.

Proud owners Steve Alward (left) and Adam Lubarsky.

But it’s the stage that will make the Blu Parrot special. A “piano man” plays from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday. From 9 p.m. on (Wednesdays through Saturdays) and 6:30-9:30 Sundays, there’s great music. Jazz, rock, country, Brazilian — it’s the Georgetown Saloon, with a Westport twist.

Sunday brunch features gospel. That’s a Saugatuck first.

Speaking of Saugatuck: For decades, the Arrow restaurant was an icon of that tight, close-knit community.

The Blu Parrot will — in its own way — help define the spirit of the new Saugatuck.

Somewhere up above, Lou and Frank Nistico are smiling.

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