Monday, April 15, 2024


‘Hey Bartender’ Gang Reunited in Westport Image
It was a reunion tonight for Westport director Doug Tirola (r) and the stars of his award-winning documentary “Hey Bartender”—Steve Schneider (l), and Steve Carpentieri, a co-owner of Westport’s Dunville’s, 41 Saugatuck Ave. The film tells the story of how the renaissance of the bartender comes to be in the era of the craft cocktail. Schneider agreed to be a “guest bartender” at Dunville’s to celebrate the restaurant’s recent renovations, or as Carpentieri calls it, Dunville’s 2.0. Since the theatrical release of “Hey Bartender” in 2013, Schneider has become one of the world’s best known bartenders, doing guest stints at bars in Berlin, London, Russia, Australia, and Asia. Tirola was director/producer, Danielle Rosen co-producer, and Susan Bedusa, producer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Guest Bartending at Dunville’s Image
Steve Schneider, a bartender at the West Village cocktail haunt For Employees Only, does a guest bartending stint tonight at Westport’s Dunville’s, 41 Saugatuck Ave. Schneider and Dunville’s co-owner, Steve Carpentieri, were featured in Westport director Doug Tirola’s award-winning documentary “Hey Bartender.” Schneider agreed to the Dunville’s gig to celebrate its reopening after renovations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Drew Friedman Sells Main St. Property for $9.2 Million

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE (adds sale recorded) Disillusioned by town zoning laws and with interests elsewhere, longtime Westport landlord-developer Drew Friedman after 31 years has sold his two-story building at 36-42 Main St., home to Bobby Q’s, formerly Onion Alley, for $9.2 million. Image
The two-story building at 36-42 Main St., built in the 1930, was acquired by Drew Friedman in 1983. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The sale, completed today, was to Forstone Capital, LLC, a Darien-based real estate investment firm that also owns 1365-1391 Post Road East, the site of Anthropologie and the building that houses Balducci’s, Friedman said.  One of Forstone’s principals, Brandon Hall, lives in Westport.

The $9.2 million sale was recorded Friday in the Town Clerk’s Office, said Town Clerk Patricia Strauss.

HK Group, a Westport-based commercial real estate group that brokered the transaction, announced the sale of the 9,982-square-foot, 1930-built property on .2-acres today but did not mention the buyer or the sales price.

Malloy to Order Emergency Cuts, Hiring Freeze

By Keith M. Phaneuf

To reverse an impending state budget deficit, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has told agencies it will order emergency spending cuts and freeze all-but-critical hiring to offset an impending budget deficit.

The move prompted concerns today from both private- and public-sector unions that this would stymie Malloy’s big initiative to expand Department of Transportation professional staff and, in turn, to launch more highway, bridge and rail construction work.

In a memo sent late Wednesday to all agency heads, the governor’s budget director, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes also reinforced existing caps on overtime work.

Current budget trends, including both shrinking revenues and cost-overruns in various agencies “will … result in a general fund deficit if management actions are not taken right away,” Barnes wrote.

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Pouring Foundation for Kemper-Gunn House Image
Workers today poured the foundation in the Baldwin Parking lot for the relocated 19th century Kemper-Gunn House from Church Lane. The move will take place beginning at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and is expected to take up to two hours. Town officials said today Elm Street will be closed during the move but motorists can access the parking lot from its western entrance on Elm Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Quick Change of Signs to Two-Hour Parking Image
A day after the Westport Board of Selectmen voted to change the one-hour parking to two hours on Westport’s Main Street, parts of Parking-Harding Plaza, and adjacent streets, the new signs were in place today. Police Chief Dale Call and Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas personally changed the signs during their lunch hour. “We ordered the signs from our supplier on Wednesday and had them today so we decided to go out and get it done,” said Call. The Board of Selectmen will review the change after three months with an eye to making it permanent.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Real Estate Report: Location, Location Drives Sales

By Judy Szablak

When it comes to Westport real estate, the most important factor continues to be “location, location, location,” which was also cited as the top reason for a move in the recently released National Association of Realtors in-depth 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Image
Featured Home This home at 15 Adams Farm Road is listed at $3,389,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Westport Residential, LLC

That is, location of the neighborhood, convenience to one’s work location, and location of the most desirable schools.

Neighborhood continues to be the top influencer, and the Compo Beach area has been Westport’s hottest neighborhood this year by far, followed by Coleytown and the Hunt Club area, as judged by homes actively on the market as compared to the number of homes sold in these specific market areas.

The school district choice remains very important to today’s buyers as well, with Saugatuck Elementary district seeing tremendous activity, followed by Long Lots, with Greens Farms and Coleytown nearly tied for third place.