Photo Challenge #158

You’d think that with all the time we spend on the Post Road, we’d notice every building along the way.

Well, you’d think wrong.

Last week’s photo challenge was a great example. Bobbie Herman’s photo showed a place we’ve all passed — a lot — but only 7 readers knew where it was.

The decrepit, vine-covered building stands next to J&J Car Care (and not far from another equally wonderful repair shop, Vautrin Auto Works).

If that doesn’t help, try this: It’s basically across from the Westport Inn.

Morley Boyd says it’s the former Polish Club. (Who knew?)

But one thing no one answered: What’s up with the building today? That’s still a challenge for “06880” readers.

Besides Morley (who answered first), other observant winners include Seth Goltzer, Pete Powell, Rick Martin, Michael Calise, Elaine Martino and Nancy Powers Conklin. (Click here to see the photo, and all comments.)

Meanwhile, this week’s photo seems obvious:

(Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)

It’s a sign from the old Arrow restaurant. Duh.

But here’s the challenge: Where does it hang today?

If you know, click “Comments” below.

Even if you don’t know — but have a great Arrow story or two — please join the conversation.

15 responses to “Photo Challenge #158

  1. Jonathan McClure

    It used to hang in The Red Barn…is it still there?

  2. Diane Sanford

    For er Neatico family restaurant in Saugatuck – The Arrow

  3. Diane Sanford

    Sorry IPad went crazy – should read former Nestico restaurant in
    Saugatuck – The Arrow

    • Diane, I guess you didn’t read the whole photo challenge. We know exactly where the sign is from. The challenge is: Where is it now?!

  4. I can’t say I know where it is right now, but I think a great place for it would be the Westport Historical Society. A true Westport institution! And wishing the Nistico family a happy and healthy new year.

  5. Not sure, but I thought I saw that at Greiser’s Store in Easton a few years back, maybe whoever has it now bought it there…

    • Bingo! Great catch, Bob. It’s there at the general (and only) store in Easton. Very impressive!

      • Bob Stalling

        Ah but there are two (not including Silvermans Farm)…The Village Store is the main store on Sport Hill Rd, Greiser’s Store is on Center Rd at the intersection on Westport Rd….it’s a regular Metropolis.

  6. A minor administrative clarification regarding last week’s Photo Challenge: The Westport Polish Club was located in the small, frame residence directly behind the abandoned structure at issue. I was previously a little unsure as to which one it was but have since gotten my mind right after speaking with the highly competent mechanic/historians at J&J Car Care. Accuracy matters with cars and history.

  7. Helen Ranholm

    My family loved loved loved the Arrow. We would enter and they knew us and what we would order. The wondeful smells coming from the kitchen area. It was like walking into your own Gram’s kitchen. We cleaned our plates there never was a scrap left on any of them. Made wonderful memories and good stories for us.

  8. One of my two favorite places to go out for dinner when I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s (the other was the Clam Box). My dad and brother in law knew the three Nistico brothers who owned the Arrow then and they always treated us fantastically. Their pizza was the best I’ve ever had (sorry New Haven)!

  9. Patty Graves

    The intersection of Franklin St and Saugatuck Ave was the original Arrow
    Restaurant, I guess because it was in the shape of and Arrow. My
    Father and Mother use to talk about going to the original restaurant. Meals were not served every day maybe only on the weekends. Then years later as a Family we all went to the “new” Arrow. We never got to order off the menu.We knew if we were going to the Arrow, it was spaghetti and meatballs every time.

  10. In 1955 I was courting my wife, Lois Mead, from Wilton. Just back from Korea I would take her to the Arrow every Sunday for spaghetti and mushrooms. I would order a Manhattan, straight up, and Joe would always chide me not to give Lois any of my drink because she was underage.
    Over the years I ran the high school reunions for the class of 1950. We had most of our reunions at the Arrow and missed them when they closed. Joe, Lou and Frank were three of the most well respected men in Saugatuck and they are missed by many former customers. Great memorise..

  11. I loved the marinara sauce at The Arrow.

  12. Thomas W Nisticò Sr

    Fond memories by everyone. I am Tom Nistico
    part of the 3rd generation of the Nistico Family . It seems like every other night I dream of my family and the “Arrow “. As I tell all that I talk to about those times is that we are all so lucky to have shared and experienced our time
    at the “Arrow “.. I am fairly confident to say that
    We will never see another Family run restaurant with type of home cooking and that warm, friendly atmosphere ever again.
    Oh how I miss it !