Bartaco is a couple of miles from Compo, as the seagull flies.
But it’s got a cool beach vibe.
And — if yesterday’s soft opening is any indication — it will fill a huge void downtown.
Right next to Save the Children on Wilton Road, it’s a shot across the bow that Saugatuck is not the only cool place in town to eat and drink.
The creative menu fills a culinary need. And the casual interior fills a need for a comfortable hangout.
Like all of Sasa Mahr-Batuz’s restaurants — he owns 3 other Bartacos and 8 Barcelonas, from Boston to Atlanta — his own stunning photos fill the walls. But the former Staples student also put out a call for local images.
Nearly 100 were submitted. The most compelling shots were scanned, enlarged on parchment, then put into custom-built frames. (The yellow pine stools are hand-made too.)
Photo donors include a Who’s Who of Westport: the Playhouse. Longshore Sailing School. Coach Paul Lane.
It rained for yesterday’s opening. It was hardly beach weather.
But inside Bartaco — Westport’s newest restaurant, 2 miles from Compo — life was chill.