Toquet Hall is one of Westport’s most intriguing spaces.
Located in an alley between the Post Road and Jesup Green — on the 2nd floor of what was once Westport’s opera house — the teen coffeehouse provides a big, open spot for middle and high school students to hear bands, watch shows, play pool and hang out after school and on weekends. All in the heart of downtown.
It’s also one of Westport’s most underutilized spaces.
Since it opened in 1998, a core group of kids has always enjoyed Toquet Hall. The vast majority, however, seldom set foot inside. Many have no idea it even exists.
A small crew of teenagers and adults have set out to change that.
The Toquet Hall enhancement group — part of the Westport Downtown Plan Implementation Committee — and Toquet teen governing board have worked on a few upgrades.
- Fix the stage and flooring, helping reduce noise impact on the retail space downstairs — while allowing more usage and expanded hours
- Renovate the snack bar, adding more items like french fries and smoothies
- Build a storage closet above the stairs, to maximize space on stage for more musical performances, movies and plays
- Improve signage, for better visibility and access (it’s pretty hard to find).
Work begins this summer.
A GoFundMe site is helping raise the $35,000 needed.
Meanwhile, all Westporters — whether they’ve ever been to Toquet Hall or not — are invited to an open house this Saturday (June 18, 2 to 6 p.m.).
Don’t know where it is? Follow the handy directions below!