A Tale Of 2 Restaurants

Westport’s Splash-less summer is nearing an end. The waterside restaurant at Longshore — and its very popular patio bar — closed last winter.

A new tenant — Pearl of Longshore — is leasing space from the town. But renovations are going slowly.

Very slowly.

As in, making the North Avenue/Merritt Parkway bridge project look like warp speed.

The steps to Splash, and the Inn at Longshore.

The steps to Splash.

Today, for example, no one was working.

The target date of December probably won’t be met.

And if the current pace proceeds, we may be looking at a 2nd Splash-less summer next year.

The scene today inside Splash...

The scene today inside Splash, after the entire summer…

...and outdoors.

…and outdoors.

Meanwhile, a full crew has been hard at work in Saugatuck.

They’re transforming the venerable Mansion Clam House into a very good looking Parker Steak House.

A new look for an old building.

A new look for an old building.

Sheetrocking is set for this week. They seem confident they’ll be done in 2 months.

A full crew working at Parker Steak House.

A full crew working at Parker Steak House.

The new interior features a handsome cathedral ceiling.

The new interior features a handsome cathedral ceiling.

When the workers are done at Parker Steak House, perhaps they can head over the river. A new job is waiting.

7 responses to “A Tale Of 2 Restaurants

  1. Dan,
    If you can let Splash workers know …. soundproof the inside restaurant. My husband owned 4 bars and restaurants and he said the cost is minimal to soundproof. Everytime I went to Splash I couldn’t hear my friends it was so loud and my elderly mother couldn’t go there anymore because she had a hearing aid and couldn’t hear. Just an FYI …. I hope it’s worth the wait!
    Thank you.
    Diana Pils

  2. BEATUS, CARYL

    IT’S OBVIOUS THAT SOMEONE REALLY GOOFED BIG! WHAT A SHAME THAT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WATERFRONT VENUE IN WESTPORT WAS UNAVAILABLE THIS SUMMER FOR ALL OF US TO ENJOY, ESPECIALLY THE GOLFERS. AND NOW YOU’RE PROJECTING THAT IT MIGHT NOT EVEN BE AVAILABLE NEXT SUMMER. IS THERE NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS? MAYBE A DIFFERENT LESSEE?

  3. Sharon Paulsen

    Cool pics Dan – interesting to see the inside construction of Mansion (oops, Parker).

    The outside looks “nice”, but not particularly charming – more “office building” than steak-house-on-the-water, but that’s just me. I probably just miss the cute old Mansion and the memories from decades ago. Oh well.

    Too bad about the old Splash/new Pearl – could be soooo many reasons for the delays – permitting? Money? Planning?

    Good post – fun to see what’s happening.

  4. Wendy Cusick

    I love the comment of “warp speed”. hahaha Thanks for the laugh Dan 😉
    In a seriousness, Hope all construction can proceed on time.

  5. I’m still waiting for Coffee + Pi to open. 🙂
    http://06880danwoog.com/2012/09/29/coffee-pi/

  6. I agree with Sharon–it looks like half the other new-construction buildings in the area. The top door looks out-of-place in this grey, faceless context. I would have preferred the building keep its “character.”