Buckley Ryan, the former owner of Cogburns, and B.J. Lawless, who has managed & tended bar at several popular Norwalk eateries, have teamed up to open B. J. Ryan's at 57 Main St. in Norwalk. The restaurant features a varied menu and an extensive wine & beer list. ''I'm excited that we finally opened after such a long process,'' Lawless said. ''My first bartending job was at Cogburns and Buckley and I have been friends ever since. We were looking for a place for a while before we found this. It all just came together,'' Lawless said. Ryan owned Cogburns around the corner on River Street from 1989-1999. He is familiar with the Wall Street neighborhood of Norwalk & is happy to be back in the business. ''When we started looking for a place, I knew I wanted to be back in Norwalk,'' Ryan said. ''We felt it was a home run.'' The interior is brick & wood, & an oversized, refurbished 1902 cash register sits behind the bar, several flat screen televisions are scattered throughout the establishment and visitors are immediately drawn to the dozens of black-and-white photos of restaurants in surrounding towns.

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