Remembering Robert (“Bobby Q’s”) Le Rose

His name was Robert Le Rose. But generations of Westporters knew him as Bob or — even more familiarly — “Bobby Q.”

The owner of the popular downtown restaurant — the go-to place for ribs, casual conversation, fun, and a rooftop deck featuring bands and beer — died peacefully on Sunday, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 56 years old,

Bob Le Rose

In 2012 Bob — who also founded Westport’s Blues, Views & BBQ Festival — was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue cancer. Given 2 years to live, he beat that prognosis by nearly a decade.

Bob was born in Greenwich in 1965. From the baseball fields at Greenwich High School, to his DJ group Incognito, to Westport and Norwalk and his beloved Bobby Q’s, the University of Richmond, and everywhere in between, Bob left his mark.

He started his career at Del Monte Foods as a sales associate. He then worked for Gallo Wines, Poland Spring, Nestle Waters and Velocity.

Bob and his wife Kelley opened Bobby Q’s in 2004 in Westport, combining Bob’s passion for community and authentic Kansas City BBQ. The Blues, Views & BBQ Festival grew out of Bob’s love for music.

Countless projects in between reflected his desire to bring people together. That never changed, even during the toughest years of his life.

Bob is survived by his high school sweetheart Kelley; daughters Alex and Meghan; brothers James and Christopher, and loving nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life is set for this Saturday (August 28, 1 to 4 p.m., Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich). To leave an online tribute, click here.

6 responses to “Remembering Robert (“Bobby Q’s”) Le Rose

  1. So sad. I had the pleasure of working with Bobby for over 10 years when he owned Bobby Q’s and was an active board member of WDMA. I recall the excitement in his voice when first pitched the idea for the Blue’s Festival. He put his heart in sole into that festival, each year making sure everything was as good as it could be and better then the year prior. Bobby was passionate about music and food and loved seeing the smiling faces of all the festival attendee’s and restaurant patrons. He was a huge advocate of downtown and worked tirelessly, even later on in the face of his illness, to make downtown a better place. I pray his family is ok during this difficult time and hope Bobby is enjoying a great music festival, wherever he is now. I am sure the line-up is epic!

    Rest in Peace my friend!

  2. Matthew Mandell

    This is very sad. I worked with Bobby on many things from food – taking his class on how to BBQ, to the DMA/Chamber – where we worked on business issues together, to the Blue Views and BBQ – where I worked with him on 4 of those festivals and co-produced one with him. He loved music and had a great ear for picking good bands. I learned a lot about the art of bringing good acts from him. It was always funny when we found each other at the same show regardless of venue or prior communication.

    As David said above, I hope he is grooving on some music now…….

  3. Mary Papageorge

    This is so sad. My husband worked with Bobby on the Blue Views and BBQ for many years. They both did great things for the town. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

  4. K.F. Spearen ""

    Sad news Indeed .. Rip My Friend “”

  5. I’m so very sorry to hear this. He was such a wonderful person and so generous to my son’s baseball team when he was at Staples. Always willing to help and provide his delicious food for baseball banquets and dinners. My heart felt sympathy goes out to his family! May Bob rest in peace.

  6. Charles WK Haberstroh

    Bobby was absolutely a joy to work with. He offered Bobby Q’s for Sunrise Rotary breakfast even though the restaurant didn’t open for breakfast and I’m sure he lost money on it. He did however make some very good friends in Rotary which I believe gave him a Paul Harris award for his contributions. On a personal level, despite his own illness, he was willing to host a dinner for my wife Patty to raise funds for an ALS cure at his Norwalk restaurant. They don’t make many Bob Le Rose. May he find joy and of course music and I hope his family can soon focus on all the wonderful memories. My heart goes out to them. RIP, Bobby!

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