In 1987, Bob Manere walked into the Georgetown Saloon and met his future wife, though he didn’t know it at the time.
“My brother brought me in here and said you’ve got to meet Robin,” Manere said recently.
“We sat right in that corner,” he said, pointing towards one end of the saloon’s dining room. “We started talking on a Tuesday night, and on Friday she went out to dinner with me, and we’ve been together ever since.”
Which is funny, he added, as “she could have done a lot better than me.”
So, as it stands, the new operating partner of the Georgetown Saloon has more than money invested into the business; he’s a Weston native who still remembers the saloon’s glory days.
“This is an iconic place and it’s been here forever. It opened in 1978, and I graduated from Weston High School in 1979. I’ve been coming here since it opened.”
“You always want to be the best,” and when you take over an existing icon like the Saloon, “sometimes all you have to do is grease the wheels,” Manere said. “You make the space work better, upgrade the food where you can and just make things happen.”
If all goes well, Manere said the Saloon will reopen this month, looking like a closer match to its roots as a local saloon.
“We want people to recognize it as the Georgetown Saloon,” he said. “It’s not going to be a cowboy bar, but there will be some reference to the nostalgia while it will remain a comfortable place to bring your kids and family.”