I love it when working downtown pays off, like tonight when City Lights Gallery is having an art opening at their space on Markle Court.
Not only am I excited about the topic — the art of theater — but the timing works out, too. It’s Restaurant Week, officially known as What’s Cooking in Bridgeport!
What does that mean? I don’t really know — the promotions are a little fuzzy to be frank. But I’m assuming the restaurants will be a little more on their toes than usual to try to impresses desirable and glamorous patrons like you and me.
So try to remember not to fill up on the pita and dip and head to Tiago’s, Epernay, Ralph N Rich’s, etc. etc.
Speaking of RNR’s, the week coincided with that restaurant’s 20th anniversary, and that crew really deserves a lot of credit for creating what was really an oasis at the time. Think back to what Bridgeport was like downtown 20 years ago, and try to imagine anything like a gallery opening happening there. Since then, they expanded to a much better spot down the road and have the coolest bar in the city.
I wish Westport resident and TV news man Harry Reasoner were still around to see this. (Long-time locals, or real “60 Minutes” fans, will know what that means. He made the city’s woes nationally famous in a segment with Mary Moran.) He’d have enjoyed the scene at the bar there.
Twenty years ago is also when I (unsuccessfully) applied for a design job at the Connecticut Post. To kill time before my interview, I strolled down amid the relative decay and chaos of downtown, which seemed to horrify the editor when I mentioned it. Maybe that’s why he didn’t hire me — he was afraid I’d get mugged at lunch and claim worker’s comp.
Now it’s perfectly normal to enjoy a walk to Main Street and back. Time for “60 Minutes” to do a followup, as long as they don’t snoop around too thoroughly. This is still Bridgeport, after all.