A former Westport music mecca will get a new life as a restaurant and bar.
Zach Marten and Bret Springs, owners of Coal Vines restaurant on the Country Club Plaza, have signed a lease for the former Streetside Records building at 4128 Broadway. They plan to open Westport Ale House there later this year.
“We wanted to open our own original, local concept in Westport,” Marten said. “We like the original concepts and the energy that Westport brings.”
The partners are still finalizing the menu and more details will be available later this month. Westport Ale House will seat about 125 people and have 50 full-time and part-time employees.
The 9,054-square-foot building (circa 1950) is on a corner lot at Broadway and Archibald Street. It features a unique mid-century modern design with stainless steel overhang and nearly floor-to-ceiling windows wrapping around the front.
Marten and Springs plan to remodel the interior for a 4,500-square-foot restaurant and bar on the first level with a kitchen in the basement. They plan to keep as much of the original facade as possible but some of the windows will be converted to garage doors that will be raised during nicer weather.
Westport Ale House also will have an outdoor patio along Broadway.
Music enthusiasts met at the building for more than three decades, first when it was Pennylane Records and later as Streetside Records. They would intently skim through bins seeking the new and unique. But as more and more consumers placed their music orders over the Internet, sales at brick-and-mortar record stores plunged.
Streetside, which was still profitable, closed in early 2011.
Hal Brody, who owns the building, has seen a lot of interest from prospective tenants, about a couple of calls a week since the store closed. They wanted to open restaurants, hookah bars, and even a vintage furniture store. While Brody passed on those proposals, he liked the Coal Vines operation, a specialty pizza and wine bar venue which opened in early 2011. He also liked the plan Marten and Springs put together, one that wouldn’t totally rework the iconic Streetside Records building.
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