Exactly one year ago yesterday, Julian’s closed its Saugatuck location.
Two months from now, the Riverside Avenue spot will reopen — again as a pizza-and-more place.
The new owner is familiar: Parker Mansion, the restaurant next door.
Manager Kevin Conte told “06880” yesterday that the 2 operations will be separate.
At the 2016 Slice of Saugatuck, the line to sample Julian’s pizza ran past Parker Mansion.
The new place — still unnamed – will serve beer and wine, and frozen yogurt and/or Italian ice cream.
While primarily takeout, tables will be set up in front, and possibly on the side.
Conte also plans tables in back, by the dock area. Diners from the pizza restaurant — and Parker Mansion — can eat back there, enjoying the beautiful river view.
He hopes to open June 1.
(Hat tip: Pete Romano)
Last week’s Photo Challenge was a seahorse.
Okay, not a living one. This one’s a much larger sculpture.
For some reason, it’s located next to the Parker Mansion (former Mansion Clam House) outdoor dining area.
Diane Silfen, John D. McCarthy, Sue Iseman, Andrew Colabella, Christine Utter, Joelle Malec, Elizabeth Devoll, Peter Barlow, Susan Miller and Richard Santalesa all knew where to find it. (Click here for the photo.)
But no one has yet explained why it’s there. Or for how long. Or who created it. Or any other bit of back story.
If you know anything about this very cool seahorse, click “Comments” below.
Click “Comments” too if you know where in Westport you’d find this week’s Photo Challenge.
(Of course it’s the Rotary International symbol. But which particular local project does this honor? That’s the question!)
In the incessant — but very important — debate over the future of the William F. Cribari Bridge, references are often made to the previous renovation, about 30 years ago.
At that time, a temporary span was constructed just north of the permanent one.
It took out a small gas station next to Mansion Clam House (now Parker Mansion). But it was — surprisingly — graceful, efficient, even loved.
Many Westporters wondered: Why don’t we just keep it?
It was a good question. And alert “06880” reader Ken Bernhard, who remembers it fondly, has another one: Was it made of wood?
If you know — or if you have any other memories of the Brigadoon-like Saugatuck River bridge — click “Comments” below.
The view from Parker Mansion (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)
Lynn U. Miller had dinner last night at Parker Mansion.
If you or I were there, we would have eaten, chatted, maybe glanced out the window of the former Mansion Clam House.
Not Lynn. The wonderfully talented photographer — who knows Westport better than just about anyone — snapped this shot:
Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo copyright Lynn U. Miller)
She calls it “Saugatuck Night Life.”
I call it beautiful.