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Friday, July 29, 2016

Comings & Goings: Oscar’s Deli to Close

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Oscar’s owner Lee Papageorge (at last month’s Great Duck Race.). Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Oscar’s Deli, a Westport Main Street mainstay for 42 years, will close Monday, according to an announcement tonight on its Facebook page.

It said on Sunday morning customers will share memories and stories about the deli and its owner, Lee Papageorge, who is battling lung cancer.

The closing follows by two years the closing of another Main Street mom and pop eatery, Westport Pizzeria, after 45 years. But it moved to a new location on Post Road East.

Rumors of Oscar’s closing had circulated for months when word spread of the illness of its owner.

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Posted 07/29/16 at 11:20 PM  Permalink



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Lee, it’s the end of an era ... Main Street has always been synonymous with Oscar’s ... the place won’t feel the same without you.

Different time, different buzz ... great memories!

Above all, get better, my friend.

Posted by mark s. graham on July 30, 2016 at 08:59 AM | #
 

Just got the news this morning from Dan Woog’s blog that Oscars is closing! Wow, talk about end of an era! How sad…:-(
Wish I could order just one more roast beef on rye! I remember when Oscars was in the little tiny spot near the Wspt Pizzaria…My Dad would take me there and let me get a pickle out of the big barrel to go with my Roast Beef on Rye sandwich. Nobody else ever came close to an Oscars Roast Beef sandwich anywhere else! My Dad (Gerry Turner) had his own table there, he would go to Oscars every day and draw cartoons on the placemats and people watch. He went until he wasn’t able to due to his ALS. I think he is on that mural somewhere…
Best of luck to Lee with his health…it seems like the folks who give the most of themselves should have only the best of luck and health in their lives.
I hope somebody steps up to the plate and opens a comparable deli on Main St. They would have big shoes to fill for sure!
Thank you Lee and family for lots of great memories!

Posted by Jill Turner Odice on July 30, 2016 at 02:29 PM | #