For too long, the building at 60 Charles Street — most recently the Blu Parrot, before that Jasmine, and for decades the beloved Arrow restaurant — has sat empty.
The vacant building and overgrown lot have served as a shabby welcome to everyone coming into Westport off I-95 Exit 17.
Also for too long — ever since Peter’s Bridge Market closed — Saugatuck residents have lacked a moderately-priced place to pick up food.
Both issues are now solved. The building — owned by Felix Charney and Jake Grossman — has been leased to
This will be the 4th location. Three others — 2 in Mystic, 1 in Old Saybrook — tout “gourmet quality products, at marketplace prices.”
Mystic Market will offer groceries, soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, grinders, a coffee bar, and a bakery serving breakfast goods, breads and desserts. Catering is also available.
“It’s moderately priced — sort of a contemporary Peter’s Bridge,” says Tommy Febbraio, the Coldwell Banker Commercial realtor who brokered the deal.
A spring opening is planned.
Downtown Westport rocked tonight like it hasn’t in years.
It wasn't easy getting in the Spotted Horse door last night.
An opening-night party for the
Spotted Horse — the new restaurant in the 210-year-old Sherwood House on Church Lane — drew a wall-to-wall, out-the-door crowd.
If they come back when the Champagne and food isn’t free — which they undoubtedly will — that crowd will transform downtown.
The Spotted Horse fills a gaping hole there: a restaurant with a great but casual menu; an enormous and inviting bar; a killer sound system; warm decor — plus outdoor seating.
Until I walked in — and was embraced by the welcoming ambience — I didn’t realize exactly what’s been missing downtown for years.
Spotted Horse owner Tommy Febbraio, and the opening-night crowd.
Owners Kevin McHugh and Tommy Febbraio are Staples grads. They’re experienced restaurateurs — but this is their 1st Westport venture. They know they have to do it right. And they will.
The Spotted Horse will draw folks downtown again, breathing life into a district that was gasping for it. Other downtown restaurants — Bobby Q’s, Tavern on Main, etc. — need not worry.
As they say at the nearby Saugatuck River: A rising tide lifts all boats.