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Here's looking at you, "323," new restaurant at Bogey's site

Published 10:23 am, Thursday, May 31, 2012

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  • A new restaurant, 323, is scheduled to open in July at 323 Main St., the former site of Bogey's Grille & Tap Room. Photo: Paul Schott / Westport News

    A new restaurant, 323, is scheduled to open in July at 323 Main St., the former site of Bogey's Grille & Tap Room.

    Photo: Paul Schott

 

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"It's all true," promises a banner adorning the wood-shingle exterior wall of 323 Main St.

The terse announcement alludes to one of the latest additions to the Westport dining scene: a new restaurant set to open this summer at 323 Main St., the erstwhile site of Bogey's Grille & Tap Room.

Going by the name "323," the new eatery is helmed by four Weston natives.

"It's going to be a neighborhood restaurant," said managing partner Jay Stasko, who formerly managed Peter's Market and Cobb's Mill Inn in Weston. "It will give everybody a chance to enjoy themselves without breaking the bank. Everyone should be able to go out."

Stasko described the 323 menu as "American cuisine," which will include staples such as "high-end" steaks, as well as hamburgers and salads.

The new restaurant will stand at the intersection of Main Street and Canal Street -- a location that Stasko highlighted as one of the site's advantages.

"It's a great place; it's the closest restaurant in Westport to Weston," he added. "And it has great visibility with all the traffic moving through this intersection."

323 succeeds Bogey's, which closed in late August 2011 after a 17-year run at 323 Main St.

Ahead of a planned July opening, the building's interior is undergoing extensive renovations. A new bar is under construction, while the ceiling over the bar area has been raised from about 7 feet to 16 feet. Workers have also added more subtle features such as a "323" carving in one of the beams overhanging the bar.

The new restaurant will seat between 90 and 95 people, with about 50 in the main dining room and 45 in the bar area, Stasko said.

Several neighboring business owners also welcomed the new restaurant.

"It'll be a help to us and an asset to the town to have something going in over there," said Marc Renna, co-owner of the King's Corner liquor store at 339 Main St. "It will make this corner look alive here because right now it's a little quiet. It will be nice to have the lights on over there."

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