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Comings & Goings: Pearl Restaurant Closing

Pearl Restaurant at Longshore to close Nov. 28, Westport, CT, by Dave Matlow
The Pearl Restaurant at Longshore will close on Nov. 28 according to managers Marc and Lois Backon. They wrote, “We are so very grateful for being able to bring Pearl into the lives of so many people and appreciate the dedicated support of the staff and of the community for the last four years.” Pearl, which launched in Feb. 2016, will remain open Thanksgiving Day for dining-in or take-out, according the announcement. Last month, WestportNow reported the management change for Inn at Longshore. which includes the space occupied by Pearl (see WestportNow, Oct. 23, 2020). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Outpost Pizza Opened Today

Joe Dedovic, owner of Outpost Pizza, which opened Nov. 16, 2020 at 331-333 Main St., Westport CT, by Dave Matlow
Outpost Pizza, a take-out and eat-in pizza shop at 333 Main St., opened today. It’s directly across from the new Hudson Malone Restaurant and next door to the Merritt Country Store. The owner, Joe Dedovic (pictured), said, “we intended to make it a ‘soft opening’ today but we were pleasantly surprised to find so many people stopping by to buy slices to go.” The father-son business also operates another Outpost Pizza on West Avenue, Stamford, in business for 15 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Downtown Westport is Ready for Holiday Shopping

Downtown Westport (CT) decorated for the holidays, Nov. 8, 2020. By Jaime Bairaktaris
The Christmas spirit is here in downtown Westport. The Downtown Merchants Association decorated Westport’s downtown area with wreaths, garlands, and Christmas lights over the weekend to get ready for the 2020 Holiday season, which may bring holiday shopping to the area earlier than ever due to the pandemic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

New Electric Cars Debut in Westport

Polestar cars 1 and 2 electric and hybrid cars debut in Westport, CT Nov. 7, 2020, by Dave Matlow
Westporter Barry Kresch, a charter member of the Electric Vehicle Club of Connecticut (EV Club), takes a look at both versions of the Polestar. Polestar 1, an electric/gas hybrid model and Polestar 2, an all-electric plug-in model, debuted in Westport today outside the TecKnow technology offices at 12 Elm St. The event, organized by the EV Club, attracted electric vehicle fans, who were offered test drives. The automobiles are manufactured and marketed by Geely, Volvo’s performance and electric-vehicle brand. Robert Marchhart, marketing director of Manhattan Motorcars, said the cars will be delivered to new owners this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Rejuvenating Fertility Center Opens on Main Street

Rejuvenating Fertility Center, 225 Main St., Westport CT, Ribbon Cutting, Nov. 1, 2020, by Dave Matlow
The Rejuvenating Fertility Center (RFC), which offers fertility services, opened its offices at 225 Main Street. Founded by Dr. Zaher Merhi, RFC operates two additional facilities in Manhattan. A ribbon-cutting was performed by (l-r) Lab Director Fayed Ghaemi, Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker,  Dr. Merhi, RFC Westport practice manager Jessica Haroun, State Senator Will Haskell, and Marjorie Ghaemi, RFC chief financial officer. Haroun and Haskell are Staples Class of 2014 graduates. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

New Operator Approved for Inn at Longshore

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Westport’s Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Longshore Hospitality, LLC.  has been approved to operate the Inn at Longshore following approvals by the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance to reassign the operating lease, it was announced today.

The lease reassignment follows the announced retirement of Rory Tagert, who has operated the inn for the past 35 years.

Longshore Hospitality LLC is a partnership led by the Greenwich Hospitality Group. The transfer to the new management team was negotiated and structured by Jim Randel of the Randel Law Offices, LLC of Westport. One of the other principals, Michael Ryan, is a Westport resident.

“We’ve greatly enjoyed our 35 years here in Westport running the inn,” said Tagert. “As we’re now ready to retire, we’re passing on the guardianship of this beloved property to Longshore Associates LLC.

Comings & Goings: 7 For All Mankind and Splendid to Main Street

7 For All Mankind & Splendid being fitted for opening on 61 & 63 Main St. in Westport, CT
Two new apparel shops will open on Main Street in November. A store featuring premium denims, 7 For All Mankind, is at 61 Main St.. Splendid, featuring cozy, crafted, casual apparel is at 63 Main St.. Both shops, owned by Delta Galil Industries, will occupy the sub-divided, renovated space. The location was formerly Chico’s, which closed in January, 2017.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

New Operator Planned for Inn at Longshore

The Inn at Longshore, Westport CT
The Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that the town is considering a new tenant for the Inn at Longshore as Rory Tagert, the inn’s operator for 35 years, has announced his retirement.

Tagert is asking that the town assign the lease to hotel and restaurant operators known as Longshore Hospitality LLC, a partnership led by the Greenwich Hospitality Group.

“I am pleased to announce that the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen will be considering an exciting proposal regarding the Inn at Longshore,” Marpe said, adding that Tagert, has served the town “with distinction.”

The current lease runs for another eight years and provides for the right of the tenant to assign the lease with the town’s approval, according to the announcement.