The new bar will be called Westport Saloon and will be more live-music-friendly. "The focus will be on bluegrass, alt-country and a little bit of country," Fields says.
Torre's, the pizza joint in the back of Dark Horse, is also out. Fields says he's hoping to bring in a barbecue operation to replace it, but hasn't finalized that deal yet.
Of his decision to boot the Dark Horse, landlord Nigro says, "Every so often, a concept gets tired and worn-out, and Dark Horse was underperforming. I think Travis' idea has a much better chance of drawing new people into Westport."
The interior of the bar will be closed as it undergoes a face-lift over the next few weeks. Fields says the plan is to reopen as Westport Saloon on August 28.