The ‘Port — the casual family restaurant that opened in National Hall 13 months ago — serves its last meals and drinks this Saturday.
Owner Sal Augeri told his staff of the closing this afternoon.
Augeri told “06880””
It’s been an amazing year. I’ve had the privilege to meet and get to know so many wonderful people in our community.
We tried our best to bring something special to the community. We knew it was a challenging business in a competitive market, and it was difficult to maintain as an independent business.
The idea of opening The ‘Port was to create a comfortable space for families to gather and celebrate good times. I am thrilled we accomplished that. We loved hosting everyone from local teams for victory dinners, to Staples Players, to Catch a Lift, to giving local musicians a place to showcase their talents.
It was also wonderful to be able to give so many teenagers and young people an opportunity to work at The ‘Port.
So many people who have been a part of this have been so supportive, including all our local investors, and the friends and families who became our regulars. We appreciate everyone who filled this past year with great memories. We look forward to seeing these new friends around town.
The ‘Port occupied the site of the former Vespa. Before that, it was Cafe Zanghi,
It’s an excellent space, with views of the Saugatuck River and a nice patio. Nearby parking — shared with Bartaco and now OKO — is tight, though a multi-level garage sits across Wilton Road.
The ‘Port filled an important niche. But in today’s tough restaurant business, in the end it wasn’t enough.
There is no word on what may replace The ‘Port. An everything-must-go auction is set for Monday (July 2, 9 a.m.).
Meanwhile, we’ve still got 4 days to enjoy this true Westport restaurant.