Unsung Heroes #177

Plenty of people say they have faith in Westport. It’s a good town, they note. We’ve adapted to the coronavirus, and we’ll be even stronger once the pandemic is past.

It’s another thing entirely to put your money where your mouth is. (Or more accurately, where our mouths ae.)

At least 9 restaurants — Don Memo, Walrus Alley, Manna Toast, Hudson Malone, Organic Krush, Outpost Pizza, Mexica, Basso and Capuli — have opened in the 10 months since COVID completely upended the dining experience.

California-Mediterranean fusion is on the menu at Capuli, in the former Westport Pizzeria Post Road East space.

Think of it: At a time of capacity limits, fears of indoor seating, concerns whether anyone would eat outside in winter, and economic upheaval — added to the uncertainty and stress of the restaurant industry in “normal” times — these men and women planted their flag (and their food) here.

They’ve put both their money and their trust in us. They’ve given us many great dining options (and provided employment for many others.) That’s impressive.

Joining the newcomers as Unsung Heroes are all the restaurant owners who are adapting, innovating, and otherwise making it through these very tough times.

Jeera Thai, Ignazio’s, Rizzuto’s, The Cottage, Bistro du Soleil, Via Sforza, Tutti’s, Black Duck, Little Barn, Romanacci’s, Kawa Ni, Layla’s Falafel, Viva’s — they, and so many more, continue to serve great meals (and serve all of us).

So let’s do our share. Eat in or outside if you’re comfortable; take out if you’re not (they deliver!). Buy gift cards, for yourself or others.

And of course: Tip well!

Jeera Thai, downtown across from Design Within Reach., is one of Westport’s most flavorful restaurants. 

3 responses to “Unsung Heroes #177

  1. You make a great point, Dan. It takes courage, especially now!!!

  2. Let’s not forget our favorite, Finalmente. It is attached to Jeera Thai and shares a parking lot. Hard working determined owners have kept this little gem going throughout. Give them a try folks.
    Pat Porio

  3. Also, Match Burger Lobster (Matt Storch) & Sherwood Diner (Vasili Tziolis), for expertly navigating the outside/inside balance

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