Tour

Take a Tour of Pearl

Pearl Lobby

The Lounge

The Lounge inside Pearl is a comfortable and casual spot to enjoy cocktails with friends in front of a fireplace.

The Bar

The Bar at Pearl, featuring a custom glass designed bar top is sleek and inviting. A full selection of micro beers, bourbons, whiskey, wines, martinis and specialty drinks are available for all tastes. Take advantage of ordering from the full menu for lunch, dinner and brunch.

The Dining Room

The Pearl Dining Room is a perfect place to enjoy your meal with family and friends. Expansive windows let you take in the year round water views of Long Island Sound and Longshore Club Park.

The Porch

The Porch at Pearl is for year round dining and enjoyment with views that are unlike any other. Weather permitting we open the windows to invite in a fresh breeze off the water.

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The Side Porch

The Side Porch at Pearl is open for dining on a first come first serve basis. Offering the full menu in a comfortable outdoor setting surrounded by the beauty of Longshore Park.

The Patio

The premier Patio at Pearl is open and has become the water side social destination for outdoor cocktails and live music along Long Island Sound. Check the Event Schedule to see who is playing in the Summer Music Series. Live music every Sunday from 4:00pm t o 8:00pm.

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Heritage

The land where Pearl and the Longshore Club Park is today was bought from the Compaw American Indians by Henry Gray in the 1640s. The Grays adopted many things from the American Indians in the area and Longshore grounds were used for oyster and onion farming.

In 1867, Alexander Laurence, a New York businessman, acquired 68 acres of land from George Byron and built the Queen Anne style summer home that we know today as Longshore. His son maintained it until 1910, when his heirs the Crawfords, sold the property to Frederick Lewis, a man of considerate wealth and mystery. Frederick Lewis, was known to have lavish parties including Harry Houdini, Babe Ruth, Buffalo Bill, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is debated to be the direct inspiration for Fitzgerald’s famous work The Great Gatsby. Lewis owned the property until 1929 when we sold it to Colonel Patrick Powers.

‘The Club’ as it was known, was created by silent movie magnate Colonel Patrick A. Powers. Powers brought a showmanship and made Westport a sought after place for famous public figures and celebrities alike as a beach and country club. The Club attracted celebrities by seaplane from Marilyn Monroe to Elizabeth Taylor. Longshore was the place to be on the eastern seaboard. Guests and members of the club could enjoy amenities such as cabanas by the beach, an aquaplane, docking facilities, barber shop, beauty parlor, exercise classes, horse/dog racing events, etc.
Longshore was a private club up until the town purchased it in 1960 for $1.95 million. A banner headline ran on page one of the New York Times after the town’s purchase proclaiming “Westport Residents Enjoy Community’s Own Luxurious Country Club.”

When Longshore Club Park opened in 1960 to the public the fee was $10 a year for families to enjoy all facilities.

Leadership

Leadership

 

Owner, Marc Backon

 

Marc Backon is the founding partner and principal of BNG Partners LLC, the investment group behind Pearl at Longshore. Backon, a 20+ year Westport resident, is an entrepreneur and executive with significant business success and experience ranging from start-ups to large public companies.

 

Owner, Antonio Ninivaggi

 

Antonio Ninivaggi is the founding partner of BNG Partners LLC, The investment group behind Pearl at Longshore. With more than 20 years of restaurant and entrepreneurial experience in Italy, Spain and the U.S., Antonio has been apart of numerous successful restaurant ventures including Toto’. totorestaurant.com (formerly Osianna Restaurant) of Fairfield, CT as Owner and General Manager. Past General Manager roles also included New Haven and Stamford Barcelona restaurants and Tarantino’s in Westport.

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