Former Georgetown Saloon owners establish new restaurant in Westport

Adam Lubarsky and Steven Alward opened the Blu Parrot in Westport on Oct. 3. The two men are better known for opening the now defunct Georgetown Saloon in 1978. — Kaitlin Bradshaw photo

Adam Lubarsky and Steven Alward are known for opening the Georgetown Saloon in 1978 — bringing good food, good music and a sense of community to Georgetown. Now the two men have partnered up again to open the Blu Parrot in Westport.

“It’s the same concept — good food, good music and bringing in the community,” said Mr. Alward, who lives in Redding. “But other than that, it’s [the Blu Parrot] totally different than the Georgetown Saloon.”

Open Wednesday through Sunday, the Blu Parrot offers an international eclectic menu with all dishes under $25.

“There is something for everyone,” said Mr. Alward. Some items on the menu are gluten-free and geared toward people who are lactose intolerant. “People don’t have to be afraid to go out,” he said.

Mr. Alward, head chef, took a twist on classic comfort foods like chicken potpie and stew.

“There’s not a lot of seafood due to the flux in price and I try to avoid Italian — there are so many in the area,” said Mr. Alward. “A lot of people gravitate to the Moroccan lamb kabobs and any salad.”

He favors the duck confit knish on the menu while Mr. Lubarsky, who now lives in Westport, likes the chicken wings.

“They aren’t fried and the chicken falls off the bone and the flavor is great,” he said.

Mr. Lubarsky said that Mr. Alward has been able to cook his food in a healthy fashion while also staying affordable.

The dinner menu includes “small bits” or appetizers, which includes soup, knish, chicken wings and eight different flavors of popcorn. There are bacon flavored, Moroccan spice, jalapeño cheddar, parmesan and garlic, among others, he said.

There is also “cold bits,” which has mainly salads, then “medium bits” and “large bits,” or dinner entrees.

On Saturday and Sunday brunch is offered from 11:30 to 3 for $24 per person, $17 per child. Saturday is a jazz brunch and Sunday features gospel music.

The brunch menu includes five variations of eggs Benedict, crepes, French toast, different salads and an Angus burger. A selected cocktail is also included.

When Mr. Lubarsky and Mr. Alward decided to open another restaurant, they knew they wanted to include music and the arts, and due to the men’s history with the Georgetown Saloon, booking musicians was not a problem, they said.

“Lots of people are interested in playing here,” said Mr. Lubarsky. “When we had the Georgetown Saloon, we met a lot of musicians and they came out of the woodwork. We’re trying to find the right blend for now.”

Wednesday through Saturday there is light jazz and piano music playing for patrons, then the full band comes on at 9 p.m.

“The kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. The bar and dance floor are open between 9 p.m. and 1:15 a.m. depending on the night,” said Mr. Lubarsky.

There is an entertainment charge Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights that ranges from $6 to $10.

“Any act is still cheaper than going to the movies and you know it’ll be good,” he said.

Entertainment spans every genre of music, said Mr. Lubarsky, “jazz, rock, blues, R&B, gospel, anything.”

Reservations are recommended for dinner. Patrons who have a table for dinner have the table the rest of the night during the performance.

Artwork on the walls of the restaurant is for sale. The pieces come from the Westport Arts Center and proceeds go to the artist and Staples Players, a theater program at Staples High School in Westport.

A section of the restaurant, “Thelma’s Corner,” is an homage to Mr. Lubarsky’s mother, who was an artist. Her paintings are hung in that section of the restaurant.

The name of the restaurant also came from Mr. Lubarsky’s family. When he received the news that the space was available he said he looked up and saw the blue parrot mosaic his late bother had made. Mr. Lubarsky’s brother had a passion for the arts, he said.

“That’s what this place is about — family and friends,” said Mr. Alward. “Adam and I have been friends since we were 14 years old.”

The restaurant, at 60 Charles Street, opened Oct. 3 and the two men have been working out the bumps that any business goes through when they open, said Mr. Lubarsky.

“I want this rubber stamped on the map between New York and Boston as a restaurant and entertainment venue. There is nothing like it in the area. I don’t know a better location in Fairfield County. We’re 200 yards from the train station. We’re accessible to anyone who wants to get out of New York City — they never have to drive,” said Mr. Lubarsky. Blu Parrot is also directly off Interstate 95.

For more information and a full menu, visit thebluparrot.com or call to make a reservation, 203-557-9148.

 

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