Roundup: I-95, Bistro du Soleil, Grease …

Work has begun at Riverside Avenue, by I-95 Exit 17.

State crews are removing trees and flattening the cloverleafs inside the off-ramps. It’s preparation for building a temporary new bridge, for use during the reconstruction project, one side at a time. (Hat tip: Whit Cooper)

(Photos/Whit Cooper)


Meanwhile around the corner in Saugatuck, Bistro du Soleil has closed.

The good news: The popular Mediterranean-with-French-flair restaurant on Riverside Avenue between Tutti’s and the train station, is moving to a larger space in Greenwich.

The website says: “We’ve enjoyed such lovely memories in Westport and are overwhelmed with all the love and continued support we’re receiving. We are so happy and cheerful for the opportunity to renovate another costume bistro, wine bar and gallery! We can’t wait to see you all in 2023!”

They’ll still offer gourmet catering from their commercial kitchen in Norwalk. Owners still offer pressed margaritas and tacos at their revered Rincón Taqueria in Norwalk. They still offer their “farmers market to go” portal, with pick-up and delivery. And they’re still at the New Canaan Farmers’ Market every Saturday.

Bon appétit!



The Remarkable Theater honors Olivia Newton-John — the singer/actress who died last month — with a return showing of “Grease.”

It’s tomorrow (Sunday, September 4). Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; the film starts at 7:15.

Coming off their most successful summer, and in honor of the Labor Day holiday, tickets are $30 per car. The usual price is $50. Click here for tickets.


Sorelle Gallery’s next feature showcases the work of 10 artists and photographers who joined them this year. “The Class of 2022” features a wide range of styles, sizes and media.

The feature opens on next Saturday (September 10), and remain on view through September 25. Click here for more information.

A scene from Sorelle Gallery.


Congratulations, Dr. Eileen Hunt!

She’s just been elected president of the American Guild of Organists. She’s only the 4th female head of the 15,000-member global association of organists and choral directors, in its 126-year history.

Westporters know Hunt from her 30 years as minister of music at Green’s Farms Congregational Church, along with her work as a piano and organ teacher.

She and her husband, Mark English, now live in Salem, Massachusetts. But they keep in contact with many Westport friends. Eileen and her husband, Mark English, currently reside in Salem, MA but keep many Westport contacts. Dr Hunt is the fourth female president in the 126 year history of AGO, a tremendous honor.

Dr. Eileen Hunt


Today’s delicious “Westport … Naturally” comes from Tracy Porosoff:

(Photo/Tracy Porosoff)


And finally … Mable John died recently in Los Angeles. She was 91.

Among her accomplishments: She was one of the first women signed by Motown. She was also an early artist at Stax Records. And she was a longtime backup singer for Ray Charles. Click here for her full, fascinating obituary. (Hat tip: Michael Taylor)

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2 responses to “Roundup: I-95, Bistro du Soleil, Grease …

  1. I ate at Finz a few times in Salem, Mass. It’s a great town!

  2. Barbara Sherburne '67

    Eileen Hunt was my accompanist on many occasions during my singing career. I am very happy that she received this honor. She definitely deserves it.