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Bartaco: Beach Vibe On Wilton Road

Bartaco is a couple of miles from Compo, as the seagull flies.

But it’s got a cool beach vibe.

And — if yesterday’s soft opening is any indication — it will fill a huge void downtown.

Bartaco - logoBartaco will become the go-to place for intriguing tacos (spicy chorizo, felafel, curry shrimp, wild boar, sesame ribeye…), over 25 types of tequila, and a relaxing patio overlooking the river.

Right next to Save the Children on Wilton Road, it’s a shot across the bow that Saugatuck is not the only cool place in town to eat and drink.

The creative menu fills a culinary need. And the casual interior fills a need for a comfortable hangout.

Like all of Sasa Mahr-Batuz’s restaurants — he owns 3 other Bartacos and 8 Barcelonas, from Boston to Atlanta — his own stunning photos fill the walls. But the former Staples student also put out a call for local images.

Nearly 100 were submitted. The most compelling shots were scanned, enlarged on parchment, then put into custom-built frames. (The yellow pine stools are hand-made too.)

Owner Sasa Mahr-Batuz stands in front of one of his own photos: a dramatic beach scene.

Owner Sasa Mahr-Batuz stands in front of one of his own photos: a dramatic beach scene.

Photo donors include a Who’s Who of Westport: the Playhouse. Longshore Sailing School. Coach Paul Lane.

It rained for yesterday’s opening. It was hardly beach weather.

But inside Bartaco — Westport’s newest restaurant, 2 miles from Compo — life was chill.

Ben Root and a large staff prepped in the open kitchen for large crowds.

Ben Root and a large staff prep in the open kitchen.

Bartaco By The Beach

Bartaco — the Mexican restaurant with a beach vibe — opens soon in the old Peter Coppola Salon, next to Save the Children.

It’s a couple of miles from Compo, but no problema.

The first Bartaco in Port Chester is smack on the water. The 2nd — in downtown Stamford — isn’t. And the one in West Hartford definitely is not.

Bartaco logoOwner Sasa Mahr-Batuz — of Barcelona fame — knows a bit about the beach. He grew up in Westport, graduated from Staples, and will make sure his newest Bartaco has not just a beach flair, but his beach.

He and his staff are on the lookout for Westport beach photos. Specifically, shots from the 1960s and ’70s — people, landscapes, landmarks, that sort of thing.

The photos will be used throughout the restaurant. Send yours to sasa@barteca.com and pr@bartaco.com.

Oh, yeah: Sasa’s willing to pay for the photos.

Dollars, not pesos.

Though maybe you can wangle a free margarita or two.

A great Compo Beach shot -- but too old for Bartaco.

A great Compo Beach shot — but too old for Bartaco.