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Comings & Goings: Red Barn Restaurant Closes

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UPDATE The Red Barn Restaurant, a Westport institution for decades at 292 Wilton Road, has closed, according to an announcement on the restraurant’s website by the Nistico family, which operated the landmark next to exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway. 
“The Red Barn has officially closed,” the announcement said. “Thank You for your many years of patronage and support!” The announcement followed word from two sources in contact with the family that the restaurant had closed. Rumors have swirled for months that the restaurant was closing and was being purchased by the neighboring Westport Weston Family YMCA, which has not commented on the rumors. A sign on the front door today simply says “closed.” The Nistico family, longtime Westport restaurateurs who for decades had previously owned the Arrow Restaurant in Saugatuck, purchased the Red Barn in 1983. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Red Barn Closing Announcement is Sign on Front Door

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UPDATE After months of rumors, a sign on the front door today of the Red Barn Restaurant, 292 Wilton Road, made it official—the landmark restaurant operated at exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway by the Nistico family since 1983 is closed. Later, an announcement went up on the restaurant website: “The Red Barn has officially closed. Thank You for your many years of patronage and support!” Its closure follows the end of two other landmark restaurants in recent years—the longtime Saugatuck mainstay Mario’s Place in April (see WestportNow April 4, 2015) and the Three Bears) Restaurant on Newtown Turnpike in 2009. (See WestportNow Feb. 2, 2009)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Hose Cooling Off Time

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Wakeman Town Farm Steward Mike Aitkenhead today cools off two farm residents with a garden hose during today’s Family Day festivities in 90-degree heat. He said the two alpacas, acquired from a Connecticut farm in December, are from South America’s high mountains and like cold weather. “We sheared them here because of the heat,” he said. “They love it when we cool them down with the hose.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Pie-Eating Champ Shows Off Winning Entry

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It look only five minutes, but Jayden Saenz, 9, of Statesboro, Ga. gobbled down a berry pie today to become the repeat winner (children’s category) in the Wakeman Town Farm’s pie-eating contest at its Family Day. He is visiting grandfather Edward Saenz (r) of Westport. Adult winner was Brian Power of Westport. “I always tell my kids you have to try something at least once,” Power said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Agnes Stofan, 97

Agnes (Pan) Catherine Stofan of Westport, wife of the late John R. Stofan Jr. died July 10 at the Jewish Home for Senior Services in Fairfield. She was 97.

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Agnes Stofan: native Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Sept. 14, 1917 at home in Westport. She was one of five children, one brother and three sisters. A lifelong resident of Westport, she attended the Bedford Elementary and Jr. High Schools.

She was an accomplished seamstress, gardener, and had a great love of flowers and the wildlife that thrived on her property. She was an avid sports fan and always attended her son’s and grandson’s games.

What she loved most were her weekends out dancing with her husband and friends into the night. (dance on Grandma)

Saturday,  July 11, 2015


All Day – Downtown Westport – WDMA Annual Sidewalk Sale
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Eric Fischl”
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Pet Supplies Plus (1870 Post Road East) – Westport Animal Shelter Advocates Fundraiser
Noon – 3 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Family Fun Day
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Profile Reggae Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar