First it was Dairy Queen — a once-cool high school hangout that faded over time.
Then it was Woody’s, a diner that never caught on. And Swanky Frank’s — not to be confused with its Norwalk “cousin.” And never as popular.
Since Swanky closed in June, Westporters have watched its transformation. And wondered what comes next.
The answer: The Little Barn.
Co-owners Scott Beck and Kevin McHugh — native Westporters — are a month away from opening. Their goal is to be ready before the holidays start.
“Since Kevin sold his shares in The Little Pub in Ridgefield,” we’ve been looking for a great spot to put in a new pub concept,” Scott says.
When they heard Swanky Frank’s was available, they moved quickly.
“We loved the idea of redoing such an iconic building in Westport — particularly because we both grew up here, and spent so much time at DQ,” Scott says.
The project has been fun. They sourced materials for an “authentic look” from across the country. Now, they’re concentrating on the finishes.
The fireplaces are already in use.
The menu and ambiance is “casual and fun,” says Scott — “just like the concept: a pub in a barn.” The food will be classic pub and comfort food. That means burgers, fish and chips, steak frites, plus healthy options (“lots of salads”), tacos and wraps.
There’s a kids’ menu too.
Between them, Kevin and Scott co-own 4 other restaurants in Fairfield County: Match in SoNo, Grey Goose and The Chelsea in Fairfield, and the Spotted Horse in Westport.
I’m not sure there will be new life along The Little Barn’s stretch of Post Road, between Arby’s and Fortuna’s. But Kevin and Scott have the magic touch.
I know the joint will be jumpin’.
(For the latest news on the opening date, check out The Little Barn’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/littlebarnct)