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The Little Barn replaces Swanky Franks and brings new flavor to Westport

Mat Jacowleff

The news that Swanky Franks was being closed and knocked down tore right through the hearts of Westport teenagers whose childhoods were spent inside those crusty  mustard walls. However, in just a few months, a new beginning was resurrected in the form of The Little Barn.

It is hard to miss, being centered on Post Road and located walking distance to the Staples students’ haven of Barnes and Noble.

As I walked in, I was reminded of the Alamo by the memorabilia hanging from the walls, the dim lighting and the patriotic paintings spaced out through the inside and outside of the restaurant. The Barn does a nice job of appealing to a multitude of people by having a bar area with round tables and  two TV’s displaying the current sport games, which is separated from the dining area where most of the families sit.

I started off my order with the food item that establishes the good restaurants from the great ones: calamari. For my main meal, I ordered a cheeseburger and fries.

As I was waiting for my food, my waiter casually did not mention that the refills are not exactly free so I was rung up for a couple of mediocre sodas.

After a relatively extended wait, the waiter brought out the calamari and my cheese burger.

The calamari was very good and was one of the best calamari dishes I have had around Connecticut; it was perfectly fried and unhealthy enough without being too unhealthy to the point that you feel bad about yourself as a human being after eating it. However, the cheeseburger could have been better. By no means was it bad, it was extremely mediocre. The burger was a little too dry, and although I asked for medium well, it came out a little burnt.

In the end, The Little Barn was a good experience. They still have a couple of things to work out as a new restaurant but it is constantly jam-packed with people.

I can see The Little Barn becoming one of the main places in Westport for families to eat together, and I suggest that you give it a go. Overall, I give The Little Barn a six out of ten.

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Mat Jacowleff
Mat Jacowleff, Director of Social Media
On the football field, Mat Jacowleff ‘15 is unstoppable. He is a ferocious linebacker, a boisterous leader, and a loyal teammate. To Jacowleff, football is more than a sport, it is a passion. After nine years of hard work and dedication, Jacowleff has worked himself into a position as not only one of the starters on the Staples varsity squad, but as one of the four captains as well. About this role, Jacowleff stated, “I’ve always been a leader, so I really enjoy being a captain.” Off the field, Jacowleff is one of the social media editors for Inklings. His favorite subjects include English and journalism. “I love journalism because it’s a mix of writing and talking to new, interesting people,” explained Jacowleff. Next year, when Jacowleff ventures to college, he hopes to study something that involves writing, so a journalistic career could be in store in just a few short years. Academics and football are not the only things that attract Jacowleff, as he runs a May-September wiffle-ball league consisting of his neighbors and close friends. The league is quite serious and has been going on for a few years now, with a website containing career statistics, including batting average and home-runs. Jacowleff is also a baby-sitter, having some very interesting experiences, including a time when it was just him and five unrelated small children. As a brother, son, teammate, student and journalist, Jacowleff is always on the lookout for new and exciting experiences. He foresees success in his senior year, both with and without a football helmet on.

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