Chomp Kitchen and Drinks to Open This Spring in Fox Point
The Eagle Super Market sign will glow again at the new burgers and beer restaurant in one of Providence's hottest food neighborhoods.
The Fox Point neighborhood of Providence will once again see the Eagle Super Market sign illuminated along Ives Street, but now it will be LED lights glowing above a new restaurant. The second outpost of Chomp Kitchen and Drinks hopes to open to the public in mid-March at 117 Ives Street in a building that holds historical significance for the street.
“We wanted to come in and be respectful to the neighborhood,” says Chomp owner Sam Glynn. “The number one question people ask is when will we open? And number two, they ask if we’ll keep the sign.”
It turns out that repairing neon is very expensive, so they were able to hire a company that will replace the interior neon tubing with LED lighting, while preserving the galvanized, weathered lettering of the sign. “It’s more energy-efficient and the glow isn’t as drastic. People in the neighborhood who used to see it lit up will have it back again.”
The interior of the restaurant has been gutted and remodeled by Cyr Construction out of Barrington. There’s a beautiful concrete-topped cedar bar with elongated, textured white subway tile along the back wall, and cedar booths with concrete floors. “Every wood in here is cedar,” Glynn says with a laugh. “We joke that people are going to store their winter coats in here during summertime.”
The walls will be decorated with retro-inspired signs celebrating bygone Fox Point businesses like Rezendes Fish Market, Adler’s New Deal, Portugal Barber Shop and many more, recreated by Providence Painted Signs.
Glynn is leasing the space from Jake and Kelly Ann Rojas, owners of Tallulah’s Taqueria. They purchased the building more than a year ago and were looking for the right restaurant tenant to bring even more flavor to Fox Point.
“He’s the one that really started this whole neighborhood revitalization with the opening of Tallulah’s Taqueria,” Glynn says, “And now we have Aleppo Sweets and PVDonuts, plus Noodles 102 has always been awesome, and the coffee shop is fantastic.”
Chomp number two plans to have the same foolproof menu of burgers, sandwiches and beer as its Warren counterpart with a few new twists. There are sixty seats including a “Snug” area, an Irish and English pub-inspired private booth with a curtain that can seat six to eight guests with its own television.
The kitchen staff for the new Fox Point outpost is currently training in Warren to get ready for opening day. Chomp two will have a women chef, Niki Holden, who previously helmed the kitchen at Roberto’s in Bristol. Renowned bartender, Vito Lantz, will lead bar operations while continuing his other bartending gigs around town, including the Dorrance and a new project that’s in the works.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Alongside executive chef Tanner Larkin, Glynn is also running catering operations, which can include everything from 180-guest seated dinners to casual receptions with burgers and beer for parties and weddings, or even catered office lunches with drop-tray service.
Once this project is complete, Glynn says he’ll be looking for a new one. He credits the construction team and his staff for making it possible to open and run the restaurants. “It helps having good people and giving them responsibility, because then I can find the next thing and it allows them to grow, and the business to grow,” he says. “It keeps them hungry.”
117 Ives St., Providence, 401-289-2324, chompri.com