Cafe Manolo owners and staff are sending this sad email today to customers and friends. I’ll print it verbatim — adding only that I wish I had been wrong.
In May 2009, the great blogger Dan Woog said it best:
In the best of times it takes self-confidence, steel nerves and big bucks to open a restaurant in Westport. These are not the best of times.
Let’s hope our pocketbooks and palate are where Manolo’s owners think they are. Let’s hope our usual aversion to parking more than 10 steps from a restaurant’s door doesn’t doom this new place. And let’s thank Manolo for rushing in where many other restaurateurs would not dare tread.
With all that said, we regretfully have to announce that we will be closing our doors for good as of Saturday, January 7. Please do come out and enjoy Manolo’s cuisine and hospitality one last time. We will have a limited menu the upcoming 2 nights, and space will be tight, but we will try our best to accommodate each and every one.
We will miss all of our loyal customers who have helped us stay in business as long as we did. Please do keep in touch with the Manolo team by finding us on Facebook under Manolo Restaurant.
Thank you for this great journey. It’s definitely been a great one to remember.
Lots of love,
Pedro Garzon and the Manolo staff
What a classy way to close.
And very, very sad.
It’s a sobering way to start the new year. And a scary one to contemplate, as we drive down Church Lane and watch construction of a new restaurant and retail complex.
Will this one work? Or will it be one more story of the same old, same old?
Time will tell — but in the meantime: thank you, Manolo, for bringing grace and good dining downtown.