Little Barn Rises In Westport

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.

The Little Barn nears completion.

The Little Barn nears completion.

“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 cozy fireplace.

The cozy fireplace.

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.

Little Barn logoThe Horse sparked the recent — and continuing — Church Lane resurrection.

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:

8 responses to “Little Barn Rises In Westport

  1. Scott and Kevin best of luck. As with all your other restaurants, I know it will be a first class operation.

    The best,


  2. Where’s the BBQ?

  3. love those cool antique ventilators on the roof – nice retro touch!

  4. Megan Restieri Slingo

    I was in town last week..The Building just looks FANTASTIC…they should seriously get some sort of beautification award!!

  5. Best of luck, I know it will be a success.. Love the look, Looking forward to eating there.

  6. Looks like fun. If it’s anything like their other resaturants, it should be great. I look forward to eating there.

  7. Richard Lawrence Stein

    As an homage to the location it would be great if they put a hotdog— chili dog — and milk shakes on the menu… Or adult milkshakes … They already said burgers would be on the menu

  8. Isabelle Isafan

    Liquor license? Since V and Bogey’s have closed, there is not a good place to sit at the bar, have a burger and watch a game. Spotted Horse and the new place (232?) where Bogey’s was have terrible acoustics.