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Bridgeport's Two Boots Pizza, Music Venue Closes

Two Boots customers party outside the downtown Bridgeport restaurant. The popular food and music venue closed its downtown Bridgeport location this week due to financial struggles. Photo Credit: Two Boots/Facebook
The melted cheese was flowing at Two Boots, a Bridgeport food and music venue, which served Cajun as well as Italian food. Photo Credit: Two Boots/Facebook
Musicians perform at Two Boots recently. The Bridgeport food and music venue closed this week due to financial struggles. Photo Credit: Two Boots/Facebook

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Pizza fans who liked a little music with their pie were in mourning this week after the popular Bridgeport restaurant, Two Boots, closed.

Two Boots, which has mixed it up with Cajun and Creole food, as well as specialty pizzas and Italian staples since 2008, credits itself with “pioneering the revival of downtown” and “jump-starting the construction of The Bijou Theater.”

According to a post on its website, the eatery and live music venue said it threw in the sauce-stained towel because of financial struggles.

It officially closed on Wednesday.

The hoped-for renaissance, owner Phil Hartman said, was too slow in coming to save Two Boots’ Bridgeport location.

But all hope is not lost, Hartman said; Two Boots may revive itself with a “simplified” pizza concept in Bridgeport.

Bummed-out customers posted numerous messages peppered with weeping emojis on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

If they really need a fix, Two Boots -- named for boot-shaped Louisiana and Italy, the sources of its dual cuisines – has several locations in New York City, Nashville, Baltimore and Los Angeles.

And, according to a report in the ctpost, Two Boots plans to open a restaurant in Stamford's south end.

Hartman said though its most visible spot in Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan has closed after a 16-year run, it is planning two more in the city and another in Washington, D.C.

Two Boots, in its post, thanked its devoted customers, loyal staff, and “all the talented performers” that had graced its stage.

Musical acts that have already been booked at Two Boots will be moved a short distance away to Murphy’s Law, a bar and grill on Fairfield Avenue, according to the ctpost story.

To read the ctpost story, click here.

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