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Bobby Q’s — And Blues & Views — Are Back

You can take Bobby Q’s out of Westport.

But you can’t take Bob LeRose out of our town.

The restaurateur closed his popular Main Street barbecue spot in April 2016.

Almost immediately, a 20-pound tumor was removed from his thigh. It had bothered him for 6 years.

He spent a month in the hospital, and another month relearning how to walk. Finally — after 2 years — he’s off crutches.

Meanwhile, last July he opened Bobby Q’s Cue & Co. in Norwalk. Part of the up-and-coming Waypointe District — around the corner from the former Loehmann’s Plaza, near Barcelona and Colony Pizza — it mixes the old restaurant (some of the furniture and menu items) and the new (upbeat look, evolving menu).

Bobby Q’s Cue & Co., in Norwalk.

Bobby still books bands (without, sadly, a rooftop stage). There’s an acoustic jam every Thursday, and Trivia Night on Wednesdays.

But Bobby remains closely connected to Westport too.

On Saturday, June 9 (12 noon to 8 p.m.), he’s part of Wakeman Town Farm’s Beer Garden. His low and slow BBQ will complement live music, lawn games, artisan vendors, frosty New Belgium Brewery beer, and treats from Saugatuck Sweets.

The other day at the Farm, he taught a barbecue basics class.

Of course, he’s also involved with Blues, Views & BBQ. He started the event — one of Westport’s biggest of the year — and it’s still his baby.

What’s a Blues, Views & BBQ Fest without something from Bobby Q’s?

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association will no longer sponsor the music/food/fun festival.

So he’s partnered with the Levitt Pavilion and Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, ensuring that on Labor Day weekend the sounds of blues and the smells of barbecue will continue to draw thousands downtown.

“I’m diving back in all aspects, 100 percent,” Bobby promises.

Mark September 1 and 2 on your calendar. In the meantime, try Bobby Q’s Cue & Co.

The best barbecue in town is now just one town away.

Blues, Views & BBQ News

It’s one of Westport’s newest — and best-loved — traditions.

But while this year’s 6th annual Blues, Views & BBQ (August 31-September 1) features the same BBQ competitions thousands of festival-goers have come to expect, there is plenty that’s different.

Seen at last year's Blues, Views & BBQ.

Seen at last year’s Blues, Views & BBQ…

Levitt Pavilion construction has moved the venue to Jesup Green. The cooking demos include a mix of old favorites and newcomers: Tabouli Grill, Match, Chocopolgie, Da Pietro, Barcelona, Saugatuck Craft Butchery and more.

The food court will satisfy any food lover (except those on diets): Bobby Q’s, The Melt Mobile, Winnie’s Jerk Chicken & Fish, Dave & Jerry’s Hot Dog Trolley, Old Fashioned Kettle Corn, to name a few.

Thirsty? Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Tito’s Vodka, Jim Beam, Newman’s Own Wines and Lemonade — and Poland Spring Water to the rescue.

There’s a Kids’ Corral with games, street performers, tattoos, a magician, a mechanical bull, a School of Rock performance, and — just what parents don’t allow at home — rib- and pie-eating contests.

Musical entertainment ranges far beyond “blues.” Royal Southern Brotherhood has a Neville Brother and Greg Allman’s son (!) as lead vocals. Quinn Sullivan is just 14, but has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres. Cactus has been touring since 1970 (!!). The Stooges are a loud brass band — with hip-hop mixed in — from New Orleans; they’ve played Bonaroo and South By Southwest.

As for Popa Chubby — well, he’s a big guy with tattoos playing “Over the Rainbow.”

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The Westport Downtown Merchants Association presents this year’s Blues, Views & BBQ Festival. The BBQ competition benefits the Westport Woman’s Club food closet. Daily tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors; children under 12 are free. Two-day passes are $45 for adults, $25 for students and seniors (pay in advance).

Tell ’em Popa Chubby sent you.

Cuttin' the rug (or Levitt Pavilion lawn) at least year's event.

Cuttin’ the rug (or Levitt Pavilion lawn) at last year’s event.

Hoisting Beers Before The Storm

While many Westporters bought batteries, secured boats and cleared storm drains, others — joined by plenty of out-of-towners — descended on Veterans Green for our 1st-ever Biergarten on the Green.

Storm clouds may be gathering to the south, but for 3 hours yesterday afternoon, the little-used park across from Town Hall turned into a New England version of a German beer garden.

Beaver Beer (shown here), Compo HIll Brewing and other vendors strutted their stuff in a big tent on Veterans Green.

Drafts were poured. Bratwursts were served. An oompah band played.

It was the signature portion of Foodie Fest, the brainchild of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. They’ve created several intriguing events — like Blues, Views & BBQ — to entertain. (And draw folks to nearly Main Street).

It seems to work. Tons of non-Westporters came to town today. Hopefully, they had a good enough time — and saw enough of Main Street — to linger. Or want to return.

Even if there is no place here to buy lederhosen.

Oscar’s provided bratwursts, bread, pickles — and bagels.

Little kids can drink too. Root beer, that is.

No biergarten is complete without an oompah band.



Views Of Blues & BBQ

If you weren’t at yesterday’s 4th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival at Levitt Pavilion and the library parking lot, here’s what you missed:

Amazing music — not just Charlie Karp (above) and his Westport Heritage Blues Band, but “Connecticut’s premier Zydeco band,” “Girls With Guitars,” much more.  The entertainment — like the barbeque — was smokin’.

People having a good time.  There were plenty of Westporters — and plenty who are not.  Music, food, beer, pig races and street performers brings out everyone.

Did I mention food?  Some of which you sure won’t see at the Westport Farmers Market.

And more people having a good time.

If you missed yesterday’s event, don’t worry.  Blues, Views & Barbeque continues today (Sunday, September 25), starting at noon.

There’s a special pie-eating contest at 3 p.m., and a rib-eating contest right after.

Kudos to the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, and all the sponsors, for this great event.

Coming on the heels of last weekend’s Slice of Saugatuck, we’re getting spoiled.

Hopefully, Green’s Farms has got something cooking next Saturday.