Mike Connors — for 30 years one of Westport’s best-known bartenders, at the Black Duck, then at Bogey’s and most recently at Partner’s Cafe, both in Norwalk — died this morning.
Connors — universally called “Wolfie” — apparently suffered a heart attack.
It took a lot to take down Wolfie. He graduated from Staples High School in 1978, where he had a storied football career. He went on to play at Syracuse University, then returned home and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
Wolfie was the perfect bartender. He knew everyone, welcomed everyone, talked to everyone. Though he worked for the past couple of years one town over, and lived in Stratford, his big heart was always in Westport.
Details on services have not yet been announced.
Mike “Wolfie” Connors
If you’re a true Westporter, you’ll know the significance of this post.
If you’re not — well, go back to your hipster microbrew.
This afternoon, Mike “Wolffie” Connors posted on Facebook:
I am proud and happy to announce that I am starting a new beginning. I am no longer working at the Black Duck Cafe.
Please join me for my first Saturday shift for lunch at Bogey’s Grille & Tap Room (2 Wilton Avenue in Norwalk).
Great food, lots of TV’s and just a great fun place. Hope to see you there.
Mike “Wolffie” Connors
Bonus fun fact: Bogey’s general manager is Richard Nistico — formerly of the Red Barn.
The staff at Crossroads Hardware is getting tired of hearing the question: “When is 323 going to open?”
They don’t know the answer.
No one does.
Last May, “06880” reported that 323 — a new restaurant, on the site of the old Bogey’s — would open “soon.”
It’s been nearly 6 months. Despite near-constant activity, things still look like they did when Bogey’s closed — a victim of Hurricane Irene, in August 2011.
At this rate, they may be shooting for a target date of March 23, 2013.
You know: 3/23.