Bar Scene – Spats
A popular haunt among Brown, RISD and Johnson & Wales students, the comfort level at Spats is revealed by its all-too-familiar menu items: chicken wings and potato skins ($5.99 to $6.99), sandwiches and wraps ($6.99 to $7.99), and plenty of burger options, the most adventurous topped with Boursin cheese and crispy applewood bacon ($6.99). Ahh…comfort food a la the college crowd. The room design and warm wood floors and tables lend to Spats’ cozy vibe. People watching is a snap if you snag one of the tables against the large, street-front windows overlooking the bustling corner of Thayer and Angell streets. There are plenty of choices for beer by the pitcher ($12 to $15), and a surprisingly large selection of scotch and bourbon, too. Less than a year old, the current Spats is actually the reincarnation of a previous version (open from 1973 to1995).
Co-owner Andy Mitrellis says the time felt right to reintroduce his old casual dining concept to his other restaurant ventures, Paragon and Andreas. Mitrellis’s granddaughter, Natalia Machowski, co-owns the spot, managing it with her husband, Chris.
182 Angell Street, Providence, 437-8300. Open Sun.–Thurs. 11:30 a.m.–1 a.m., Fri.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–2 a.m. All major credit cards accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Street parking.