The National Hall building is iconic for its Italianate architecture and soaring views of the Saugatuck River. But soon the 140 year-old landmark will also be acclaimed for innovative cuisine as Vespa, a stylish Mediterranean restaurant, opens its doors in Westport.
Bobby Werhane graduated from Cornell’s hospitality school. But he’s the first to admit he wasn’t really into the industry.
A finance major, he did “what every Cornell lacrosse player does,” he says. He went to Wall Street. Continue reading
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Fresher, funkier, brasher, nouveau-rustico has come to Westport’s historic National Hall. Thanks to owner Bobby Werhane, who also owns a hip osteria in Manhattan, Vespa zipped into town with all the requisite icons on board, starting with its jazzy-jokey name (which has many meanings, among them yellow jacket or wasp). Stylish decor. Startlingly stark. Acres of counter space for nibbling crudo standing up and milling around with a glass of fine French or Italian wine in hand.