Two Boots in Bridgeport had its fifth anniversary party the other day. This Saturday it’s Olde School Saloon and Bistro in New Haven that’s celebrating. The restaurant’s turning three, and has become a much-needed and supremely comfortable outpost for the city’s jazz community. So it’s natural that the birthday party includes back-to-back-to-back live bands. The Feb. 9 festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with alternating sets from Olde Saloon houseband guitarists Tony Dioguardi and Brandt Taylor, following by the great all-around guitarist George Baker and final set by the soulful Slammin’ Band.
The restaurant’s location at the corner of State and Court streets means it’s attractive to Channel 8 staffers, residents of the 360 State Street monolith, State Street train station commuters and an array of other downtowners, plus folks from far beyond that thriving neighborhood. Besides the regulars who’ll be playing on Saturday, the place frequently books The Travis Moody Band, Nick Biello & Kris Jensen and Rohn Lawrence. Serious guitar action going on there. The food menu ranges from several varieties of nachos to corned beef brisket, a double veggie burger with buffalo sauce and gorgonzola, spring rolls, calamari, escargot, soup, broccoli rabe & sausage, a seafood pizzetta, right through to classy pasta, duck and filet mignon entrees. The dozens of food offerings are only matched by the beer, wine and cocktail selection.
Olde School has commenced its junior year! May it noodle around for eternity and never graduate.