Joe Farrell started in the restaurant world waiting tables in college. He spent many years trying to find his niche in the world, working in New York City’s commercial real estate sector and later as a teacher at Fairfield Prep. But the world of restaurants kept calling him back. With his family by his side, Joe opened Walrus + Carpenter in 2013, following this with Rothbard Ale + Larder (Westport, CT) in 2015. In 2020, Rothbard Ale + Larder was changed to Walrus Alley, adapting the menu and ambiance to the well-reviewed Southern flavors Walrus had become known for.
With over a decade of restaurant experience under his belt and his family by his side, Joe has learned to trust his gut, recognize the value of a strong team, and that enjoying a good meal is what it all comes down to.
Walrus is a place to have a cool beer, listen to some great music, and meet up with some good people. Adorned with clean lines, cool colors, and artistic accents, Walrus has a warm vibe that welcomes guests and allows them to escape the outside world for the time of a meal or a drink.
Walrus has been collaborating with local breweries to offer unique and notable beers under the Walrus Ale + Lager name. These beers can be found on tap, at the breweries, and in cans across Connecticut.