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Blu Parrot shuts down after brief run

Updated 2:58 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • The Blu Parrot restaurant at 60 Charles St. in the Saugatuck section of Westport has closed after a seven-month run. Photo: Paul Schott / Westport News
    The Blu Parrot restaurant at 60 Charles St. in the Saugatuck section of Westport has closed after a seven-month run. Photo: Paul Schott

 

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After a short stay, the Blu Parrot has flown its Saugatuck nest.

The restaurant, which opened last October at 60 Charles St., became known for live music and dancing. The Blu Parrot's closing Wednesday was announced by management with a post on its Facebook page, a message on its phone line and a sign posted in its front entrance.

"To all of our friends, customers and those in the music community that have supported the Blu Parrot, we are shutting down operations while we wait for the sale of the business to be completed," the Facebook post said. "We have had the honor and pleasure of meeting so many great people while were here which made a big difference to us and have exemplified the need for a live music venue in this area."

Owner Adam Lubarsky declined to comment when reached by phone Wednesday by the Westport News.

The Blu Parrot opened in an approximately 3,000-square-foot space yards from Interstate 95's Exit 17. The building was formerly occupied by Jasmine, an Asian cuisine restaurant that closed in 2010, and for years before that, the Arrow restaurant.

Lubarsky positioned the restaurant as a lively gathering spot where patrons could enjoy "eclectic" fare, while also taking in performances spanning genres such as blues, rock, jazz and gospel. It also featured a vibrant interior decor highlighted by many local artists' works.

It remained a focal point of the Saugatuck dining scene until its closing. On Saturday, it hosted an outdoor luncheon for the Westport Electric Car Club Road Rally participants and spectators.

Dozens of patrons and performers have paid tribute to the restaurant on its Facebook page.

"Sorry to see you go," wrote John Ratso Gerardi. "Adam, all the best to you in whatever you do. We had a blast playing the Blu Parrot."

A Westport native, Lubarsky is an experienced restaurateur. At 23, he opened the Georgetown Saloon in 1978. He owned the restaurant until 2004; the saloon closed earlier this year. In the 1980s, Lubarsky owned two other restaurants: Appaloosa in South Norwalk in a space now occupied by the Black Bear Saloon on Washington Street and Georgetown Saloon South in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

His Saugatuck roots date to 1969, when he got his start as a 15-year-old busboy at the Railroad Place restaurant Mario's Place.

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