Last Sunday was perfect for a lazy, no-pressure, 1st day of August Photo Challenge.
JC Martin’s image of a wood-sided blue building, with trees reflecting in the window, was calming and mellow. (Click here to see.)
It was also the Main Street side of Hudson Malone. Jeannie Pearl, Barbara Greenspan, Diane Bosch, Peggy O’Halloran, Ellen Wentworth, Bobbie Herman and Linda Vita Velez were the first readers — all women! — followed by Seth Braunstein, Barbara Mathias and Judy Katz, who recognized the popular spot. It’s the latest in a long line of restaurants. Let’s hope it’s here for so long that some day, everyone will recognize it instantly.
But enough with mellow. Let’s go for quirky this week. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.
Opening a new restaurant in Westport is never easy.
Opening in the midst of a pandemic is especially tough.
But Hudson Malone did it. The steakhouse-and-more is drawing raves with its menu, Westport-themed decor, and comfortable, COVID-conscious ambience.
Hudson Malone took over the former 323 restaurant — named for its Main Street address, across Canal Street from Coffee An’.
That’s been the site of many restaurants. Before 323, it was Bogey’s. And before that, Oliver’s. And before that …
… well, that’s this Friday’s flashback. If you can name all of Hudson Malone’s predecessors — or even any of the others — click “Comments” below.
BONUS QUESTIONS: How about all of the restaurants that once occupied Shake Shack? Or the Sotheby’s real estate office at the Post Road East/Myrtle Road intersection, which for many years housed many eateries? Dig in!
Hudson Malone was packed last night, for a soft opening. The official debut is today.
The “old world culinary saloon” — on the corner of Main and Canal Streets, across from Coffee An’ — is owner Doug Quinn’s second venture. He a former, well-known bartender at P.J. Clarke’s.
Hudson Malone owner Doug Quinn.
Quinn’s first Hudson Malone (named after his 2 kids) is on New York’s 53rd Street. Both feature large bars, classic cocktails and “upscale pub grub.”
Hudson Malone’s well-stocked bar — and welcoming bartenders. They wore masks, but removed them very briefly for the photo. Hudson Malone is very COVID-conscious. Tables are far apart, and there are Plexiglas partitions.
It takes guts to open a new restaurant during a pandemic. But even before COVID, Quinn planned for outdoor, all-weather dining.
Hudson Malone takes over from 323 restaurant. Before that, it was Bogey’s, Oliver’s, and perhaps half a dozen other spots now lost to history.
Here’s to many more years of memorable meals there.
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