Friday, December 02, 2016
By Gordon Joseloff
Westport’s Main Street is getting a Deli back. Rye Ridge Deli will open next year in space long occupied by Oscar’s Delicatessen, 159 Main St.
Partners Scott Martin and Mike Ventorino will open the third Rye Ridge Deli sometime early next year, they said today.
Other Rye Ridge Delis – described as a New York Kosher-Style Deli and Restaurant—are in Rye Brook, N.Y. and Stamford.
Oscar’s closed in August a week before the death of longtime owner Lee Papageorge after a 42-year presence on Main Street. (See WestportNow Aug. 8, 2016)
“I got a lot of calls after it closed, asking me to take a look at it,” said Martin, an eight-year Wilton resident. “We signed the lease around Halloween.”
Martin said he has been in touch with the Papageorge family and the new Rye Ridge Deli might include some mementoes from Oscar’s.
The Westport Rye Ridge Deli will expand on Oscar’s traditional deli offerings, he said. “We’ll have a full kitchen in the basement and be able to offer hot meals – burgers and the like.”
The menus for the other Rye Ridge Delis include full breakfasts, and a range of hot meals, including fish and chips, meatloaf, chicken marsala, and stuffed filet of sole Florentine.
Seating is planned for 90, Martin said.
With all permits yet to be approved, he declined to specify an opening date target but said he hoped it would be in time for the summer Downtown Merchants Association Fine Arts Festival.
Ventorino, who lives in New York City, said they had to put up paper on the front windows because so many people were stopping by asking what was going in the space.
“We’re happy there is so much interest,” he said.
Posted 12/02/16 at 05:24 PM
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