Friday, February 10, 2012
Comings and Goings: New Eatery in Bogey’s Space
By Dave Matlow
Six months after Westport’s Bogey’s Grill and Tap Room closed at 323 Main St. after a 17-year run, work was under way today on a new restaurant set to open in the space in the spring.
Work was under way today in the former Bogey’s space for the new venture opening in the spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Fairfield resident Jay Stasko, 34, co-owner and general manager of the new eatery, said, “We have our fingers crossed that it will be open in April.”
He said the menu will appeal “to all needs, including fine dining with aged prime steaks as well as casual fare such as hamburgers.” The new restaurant will be called either 323 Main or simply 323, he said.
It will have seating for 85 in the dining room plus seven high tops in the bar and 12 bar stools, Stasko said. He said it will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with a pub-style menu in the late evening.
Food service has been a way of life for Stasko starting at age 16 when he clerked at Peter’s Market in Weston Center “working as a cashier, then deli, then cooking and general management,” he said.
When,former Weston First Selectman George Guidera opened Cobb’s Mill Inn in 2005, he hired Stasko who remained there while the Guideria family owned it. The restaurant closed in 2010.
Stasko’s wife, Kristen is also in the food service field as the catering manager for Balducci’s. They have a 3 1/2 year old daughter, Lily
“I’ve been in the greater Westport area for a long time and have good relationships with many locals which is one of the draws in my making this commitment,” he said.
Bogey’s closed its doors in Aug. 2011 after 17 years. (See WestportNow Aug. 31, 2011).
A Westport institution, under the ownership of Jim and John Stablein, Bogey’s was the last of a succession of restaurants on that corner starting with Crossroads, Oliver’s and A Stone’s Throw.
Jim Stablein said the confluence of hurricane flood waters and no flood insurance, a tough economy and new restaurants poised to dilute his customer base led him to close. (See WestportNow Sept. 9, 2011)
The restaurant, whose sudden closure surprised even its loyal patrons, still had its signature individually wrapped breadsticks on the table tops today as workers performed renovations.
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With Jay at the helm, this place will surely be a success! Can’t wait for the opening.
We loved Bogey’s. We are so glad a new neighborhood place will open up. So sorry that Jim Stablein had to close, the food was good & the staff was wonderful. A word to the new owner: we wish you success & we fervently hope that you will maintain a much higher quality than what we encountered in our last visits to the Cobb Mill Inn.
We missed Bogey’s sorely, especially some late nights at the pub. Looking forward to our new neighborhood place!
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