The latest Rhode Island food, drink, restaurant and dining news and events.
By Jamie Coelho, Leanna Lobo and Kerri Tallman
DECEMBER 2019 and JANUARY 2020
Farm Fresh RI’s Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market is now open for the 2018-2019 season, every Saturday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. at Hope Artiste Village through April 27, 2019. Visit the largest indoor farmers market in New England. Stay up to day on vendors here.
Now through Dec. 31
Visit any RI Blood Center to give blood now through December 31 and use sponsor code #3944 to receive a voucher good for one build-your-own burger and a blood orange margarita at Luxe Burger Bar in Providence. Visit ribc.org/drives for more information. Make an appointment here.
Now through 2/29
Festive Igloo Pop-Ups at Gurney’s Newport Resort feature heated multi-sensory igloos overlooking Narragansett Bay, each with its own theme including Santa’s Workshop, Winter Wonderland, Cozy Log Cabin, Roaring 20s, Harry Potter, Tropical Summer, Northern Lights, Astrology and Après Ski, complete with activities and cocktail pairings. All proceeds will go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Rhode Island.
The Graduate Providence is hosting a holiday popup market December 11 through 13 from 3 to 6:30 p.m., with a special tree lighting on December 12. Shops including Milk Can Industries, Salvi’s Hand Painted Signs, Clarissa’s Creations, Giraffes and Robots art studio and more! Stop by for some shopping for loved ones (or yourself!) and enjoy sweet treats, hot chocolate and music from a local choir. There will also be a silent auction, with all proceeds helping pay off student debt through Graduate Hotels’ partnership with Scholly.
Drink, decorate and be merry with Maxine Baked at Hope and Main in Warren. Sign up for a cupcake decorating class on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. The $40 ticket price includes prosecco, trendy tunes, decorating tools, half a dozen cupcakes, light snacks and a raffle entry for a chance to win a six-inch Christmas Cake. Buy tickets at Maxine Baked’s Facebook page.
OceanCliff’s 10th Annual Holiday Gala is a festive evening of food, cocktails and holiday cheer at the 1892 oceanfront estate from 7 to 11:30 p.m. There’s a cocktail hour upon arrival followed by a three-course dinner and live entertainment. Tickets are $90 per person, including tax and gratuity.
Belcourt of Newport presents an evening beginning at 7 p.m. with Food Network Chef Kev D. for an exclusive live culinary demo and tasting along with signature Keel cocktails, Sakonnet Vineyard Wines, craft beer and rum from Newport Craft, and local restaurant tastings. At 8:30 p.m., special guest Chad Hollister arrives, and at 9:15 p.m., G.Love performs! Tickets are $185 and can be purchased here.
There’s a special Holiday Farmers Market at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol from 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m., featuring local artisans alongside your favorite market vendors taking place in both the barn and greenhouse with festive features throughout the day.
Greenvale Vineyards will host its Annual Warm Up for the Holidays on Dec. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. It is the last of the vineyard’s weekly Jazz Tastings for 2019, and it will include vocalist Mary Andrews, Steve Heck on piano, saxophonist Dennis Cook and drummer Rick Wells. They will be performing holiday songs from 1 to 4 p.m., while guests sip the holiday libation, an Alabrino pettelent naturel produced by winemaker Bill Wilson. There will also be food artisans from Hope and Main ranging from savory to sweet. The Jazz Tastings are $20 per person, but if you’re there just for the music, it’s $5. Case club members and children are free.
Plant City Providence will continue their lectures and lessons. Attend the Whole Food Plant Based Living: Caloric Density lecture and cooking demo from 1–3 p.m. to examine what exactly is a calorie and learn how you can consume a larger portion of low-calorie density foods to lose weight. The cooking demo includes a smoked butternut squash soup, simply salad and dressing and chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert. The cost is $35 per person. Register for tickets online.
Then, you can also learn about food that can build your vitamin shield from 4–6 p.m. Gain a better understanding of the food you put into your body and how it could prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Learn to cook simply lentil chili, brown jasmine rice and simply fruit rice pudding. Tickets are $35 per person. Register for tickets online.
Enjoy La Vigilia, the Feast of the Seven Fishes Dinner, at Pane e Vino in Providence. It’s the Italian dinner traditionally celebrate don Christmas eve, and it involves multiple fish and seafood courses. Courses include salted cod salad, fried smelts, marinated snail salad, pan sauteed calamari, linguine with local littlenecks and a pan fried local John Dory with a spinach and roasted red pepper baked stuffed shrimp. The cost is $45 per guest. Historically, Christmas Eve in Italy was a day for fasting, avoiding meat and dairy all day, to later enjoy a cena di magro or “light dinner,” often incorporating fish. This tradition dates back centuries, and was particularly important in the Southern part of Italy, known for its abundant seafood. Wholly embraced by Italian-Americans, the Feast of the Seven Fishes has been elevated to an evening-long parade of dishes in which at least seven types of seafood are served, a custom thought to represent the number of sacraments in the Catholic Church. Regardless of the historic religious symbolism, the focus of the meal is to gather family and friends together to celebrate the holidays and enjoy delicious food.
12/14 and 12/15
Castle Hill Inn’s holiday Teddy Bear Tea returns with two seatings on December 14 and 15. Families will an enjoy an afternoon of caroling, storytelling by the crackling fire and treats. Teddy Bear Tea takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets to the event can be purchased for $35 per adult and $10 for children age twelve and younger. Food is included and wine and beer available for purchase by the glass. All proceeds from the event go towards Castle Hill Inn’s community partners at FAB Newport. Toy donations are also gratefully accepted. Space can be reserved by calling Castle Hill Inn at 401-849-3800.
Celebrate the holiday season with Nutcracker tea service at One Bellevue Restaurant at the Hotel Viking in Newport. Enjoy sweet bites and seasonal teas. The cost is $45 per person and an advanced twenty-four-hour reservation is required. To make a reservation please call, 401-848-4824.
The Rosendale will be hosting the Beats and Brunch: Toy Drive Edition from noon–5 p.m. Enjoy a Tito’s Bloody Mary in exchange for a donation of a toy for boys or girls ages one to twelve years old. The toys will be supporting the Zuccolo Rec Center, Davey Lopes Rec Complex, Boys and Girls Club and the Tomorrow Fund. For more information or if you’re interested in helping out, call 401-421-3253.
Our Table Popup is having its first pop up at Long Live Beerworks from 5–9 p.m. Our Table is a catering company that produces New England comfort food along with Italian and Spanish cuisine. Long Live Beerworks always features a select shift beer every Monday until the keg kicks. The event is offering industry workers a discounted price of $18 and $25 for non-industry customers.
South County shoppers can meet a small-but-mighty lineup of Hope and Main makers at Sons of Liberty Spirits Company at 1425 Kingstown Road in South Kingstown for a Get in the Holiday Spirits shopping event co-hosted by the distillery. Seventeen Hope and Main artisans will be sampling and selling their wares from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring everything from freshly pressed liege waffles to rolled-to-order fresh spring rolls, to whiskey-barrel aged hot sauce and chili-infused chocolate bars, and of course gifts galore. The event is family-friendly, offering a warm, casual environment for slowly sipping whiskey, enjoying good food and having great conversations.
Join Eight Seas from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. for weekly exotic cocktails at the Dean Bar featuring Rhode Island Spirits, Plantation Rum and Kaiyo Whisky. Each week bartender Catherine Hood (and Rhode Island Monthly cover model for our November issue) will be serving up seven cocktails (some old flames, others new flings) and one non-alcoholic option with monthly rotating specials. The dates she will be slinging drink include November 12, 19 and 26 and December 4, 11 and 18.
Celebrate the holiday season with Nutcracker tea service at One Bellevue Restaurant at the Hotel Viking in Newport. Enjoy sweet bites and seasonal teas. The cost is $45 per person and an advanced twenty-four-hour reservation is required. To make a reservation please call, 401-848-4824.
Bust out your ugly Christmas sweater brunch at Rogue Island Local Kitchen and Bar from 10 a.m.–2:45 p.m. They’ll be tapping some kegs and offering $50 gift cards to the best ugly sweaters in the building. RSVP recommended but walk-ins welcome. Call 401-831-3733 to reserve your spot. For more information, visit here.
Drink, decorate and be merry with Maxine Baked at Hope and Main in Warren. Sign up for a cupcake decorating class on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. The $40 ticket price includes prosecco, trendy tunes, decorating tools, half a dozen cupcakes, light snacks and a raffle entry for a chance to win a six-inch Christmas Cake. Buy tickets at Maxine Baked’s Facebook page.
Donate a coat to a child in need at ABC 6 News’ Coats for Kids. Bring it to the Bank Newport City Center skating rink in Providence from noon to 4 p.m., and you’ll be able to skate for free. The event is sponsored by the Malted Barley and the Bank Newport City Center. Coats will be donated to Crossroads Rhode Island.
Hope and Main in Warren is preparing a very merry Meet Your Maker holiday market on Sunday, December 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., stocked with well-made, small batch specialty foods, homestyle and made-to-order meals, hot drinks, trendy products and great gifts. Market-goers will meet twenty-seven different vendors offering hundreds of delicious choices. There will also be a live mochi-making demonstration by artisan Chinese food maker Sinobox, along with live music by Fay Bullard and an ornament-making station featuring local alpaca wool. Wrap up the day with a custom-wrapped gift and enter to win door prizes like holiday gift baskets, cooking classes and more.
Bywater in Warren is hosting its famous burger night. Book reservations here!
Renowned writer Ann Hood, and her husband, cookbook author Michael Ruhlman, will be visiting Chez Pascal in Providence from 3 to 5 p.m. for a book-signing and discussion that includes food. Walk around and taste some items created by Chez Pascal that were inspired by their books, then enjoy a discussion led by Ann and Michael. The cost is $50 per person for the food and discussion (no books), or $100 for food, discussion and signed copies of Hood’s Kitchen Yarns and Ruhlman’s From Scratch. Tickets must be purchased in advance by phone at 401-421-4422, in person or on online.
This Christmas Eve, Red Stripe Restaurants, located at 465 Angell Street in Providence and 455 Main Street in East Greenwich, and Mill’s Tavern, will celebrate with special offerings. Mill’s Tavern will offer a special holiday menu created by executive chef Ed Bolus and his culinary team. Offerings will include starters featuring dishes such as chilled poached White Tiger shrimp and coconut-ginger squash bisque and more; main courses featuring brown butter-glazed Giannone Farms organic roasted chicken, butternut squash risotto and more; and side dishes such as Montreal Red Bliss mashed potatoes, Mill’s mac ‘n Ccheese and sweet and sour Brussels sprouts.
Red Stripe Restaurants, which will close at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, will offer specials featuring Lobster Ravioli; Red Stripe surf and turf; and four jumbo baked stuffed shrimp. Guests may add jumbo baked stuffed shrimp to any entree for $3.50 each. Side dishes include handcut frites with aioli, parmesan truffle frites with aioli, glazed carrots, Red Bliss mashed potatoes, haricot vert, sautéed baby spinach and butternut squash.
Sardella’s Ristorante Italiano in Newport will be open on Christmas Day from 3 to 8 p.m. for its thirty-ninth consecutive Christmas Day opening. As a forty-year tradition, Sardella’s will serve a select menu from chef Kevin Fitzgerald’s regular menu. Sardella’s will also be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve serving the select holiday menu from 5 to 10 p.m. and regular hours with regular menu on New Year’s Day. To make reservations, visit sardellas.com or call 401-849-6312.
Celebrate Christmas Day with delicious dishes at The Restaurant in Weekapaug Inn! The dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Prices are $75 for adults, $35 for children, and an optional additional wine pairing for $50 per person. For reservations, call 401-584-7000. For more information, visit here.
Brunch and booze, what’s better? Throughout the fall and holiday season, the Burgundian, a mobile waffle cafe, will be collaborating with Sons of Liberty Beer and Spirits for a monthly Sunday Brunch So Hard series. From 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the distillery, the Burgundian will serve up liege waffles while SOL curates a perfectly paired cocktail menu. Check out the Facebook event page for updates on the cocktail list.
Ring in 2020 in Newport style at Castle Hill Inn! On New Year’s Eve, Castle Hill Inn will offer a five-course tasting menu, prepared by executive chef Lou Rossi, inspired by the flavors of Italy’s Piemonte region. Served in Castle Hill Inn’s stunning dining room, the menu will feature lobster and brown butter risotto, roasted lamb loin, crispy veal and a truffle-cheese fonduta and more. Two seatings are offered for the dinner at 5:45 p.m. ($145 per person) and 7:45 p.m. ($195 per person), the latter of which includes a champagne toast at midnight, along with a live band to dance into the New Year. Reservations can be made by calling 401-849-3800.
Both locals and guests are also invited to start the year right with a New Year’s Day brunch at Castle Hill Inn on January 1. An a la carte brunch menu will be served from 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. Brunch can be reserved online.
Rhode Island Food Fights’ Lord of the Wings is the biggest celebration of the best wings in Rhode Island and it lasts all January. Order a passport of coupons and help determine who has the #BestWingsRI. Participating restaurants agree to offer six free wings to folks who go to their location with a coupon from Lord of the Wings. RI Food Fights combines all the coupons into a passport with at least twenty-five restaurants participating. You can buy the Passport here for $25. The passport(s) will be physically mailed to you.
1/31 through 3/28
Enjoy a three-course meal with local wine pairings at three of Newport’s exquisite restaurants on Fridays and Saturdays with the Newport Winter Foodies Stroll. Make sure to block out a few hours for this strolling dining experience. The evening will start with raviolo with cuddled egg cheese sauce paired with a rich red wine at TSK; bread, salad and pasta paired with a crisp white wine at Midtown Oyster Bar; and a pastry board with a fine dessert wine at Bar and Board. Your tour guides will meet you in front of the Armory at 6 p.m. to begin your evening of restaurant hopping. Book your tour here.
RI VegFest, Rhode Island’s first vegan festival, will be held on Sunday, February 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WaterFire Arts Center, with support from the Grange, Wildflour and the Garden Grille restaurants. VegFest RI will promote a plant-based lifestyle to the broader food community, and will feature vegan-friendly businesses, artists, makers, restaurants, nonprofit organizations, chefs, writers and more. A series of kick-off events will be held to celebrate RI VegFest, including a special vegan dinner at The Dorrance, as well as a prix fixe vegan dinner at long-time vegan community favorite Julians. For more information, or to apply as a vendor, exhibitor or sponsor, visit rivegfest.com.
4/24 – 4/25
Mark your calendars for the Newport Craft Beer Festival, and get ready to taste up to 200 varieties of beer from thirty-five-plus brewers! Brought to you by Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. and Pour Judgement Bar & Grill, the VIB session takes place on Friday, April 24 from 8-10 p.m. at Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. The festival itself will have two sessions on Saturday, April 25: Session one is from noon to 3 p.m. and session two is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Great Friends Meeting House (Newport Historical Society). Tickets are $40 per person for the VIB session and $50 per person for the festival sessions. Tickets are on sale now.
Now through 3/26
The Fondue Village returns to the Ocean House in Westerly for the winter season. This luxuriously cozy private dining venue offers a three-course lunch and dinner menu served with vintage selections of Veuve Clicquot, and this year the gondolas are expanding from dining for two to up to six guests. Each ski gondola is completely restored and outfitted with Alpine textiles and Swiss and Austrian glassware and china. See online for hours, pricing and menu options.
Spend Wednesdays at Chair 5 in Newport for three tastings and chef-inspired pairings for just $20 from 6–7 p.m. Select a bottle of wine for dinner and receive a half-priced entree. For those who wish to stay longer, check out their Wine, Dine and Doze special which includes the tastings, $50 food and beverage credit to Chair 5, 50 percent off a bottle of wine at dinner and an overnight stay at The Break for $199. To book the overnight visit, call 401-363-9800.
Every Thursday in December and January, the Amos House Amos Culinary Education (ACE) program will be hosting info sessions at 10 a.m. The ACE program is a sixteen-week culinary and safe food handling program that provides classroom instruction, practicum experiences, industry certifications and internship opportunities. The ACE program is committed to the growth of students in all areas of their lives, and provides intensive case management support, financial and employment/career counseling. Students also participate in classes related to life skills, work preparation, financial literacy, math, reading and digital literacy. Call 401-272-0220 to reserve your spot for an info session.
La Masseria in East Greenwich is offering a $22 three-course “Main Street Lunch” menu daily (except Mondays) from noon to 3 p.m.
Harry’s Bar and Burger restaurants have a few specials, including thirty-five-cent wings all day on Sundays, $3 drafts on Thursdays, and on Mondays, Newport (Newport, Jamestown and Middletown locals) and Lincoln (Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, Smithfield, Lincoln and Cumberland) locals save twenty percent all day.
Welcome to the Fluke Newport Supper Club. Enjoy a three-course meal from chef Eddie Montalvo for $29 Wednesday through Friday and Sundays from 5-6 p.m. The Supper Club offers seasonal favorites such as lobster bisque, fried local fish bites, crispy pork schnitzel, house-made toasted hazelnut cavatelli, monkfish and Baffoni Farm chicken. For dessert, there’s German chocolate cake and sticky toffee banana pudding. Please note, you have to be seated for dinner before 6 p.m., and the Supper Club deal is not available on Saturday evenings. Call 401-849-7778 to make a reservation or reserve online.
Ellie’s in downtown Providence is now offering a pastry happy hour! The bakery and cafe is now offering half-price on all breakfast pastries after 2 p.m. Complement your afternoon coffee with a reduced-price sweet treat. You also now order your lunch in advance through ChowNow.
What better way to spend a Monday than slurping down these tasty morsels at DeWolf Tavern’s Dollar Oyster Monday. The promotion begins at noon and lasts all night. Just make sure you’re sitting bar-side to take advantage of this deal.
George’s of Galilee offers many weekly dining specials. On Monday, enjoy half-priced appetizers with the purchase of an entree; Tuesday is Buck a Shuck all day; on Wednesday get a half-priced bottle of wine with the purchase of an entree; Thursday is slow-roasted prime rib nights; Friday, get all you can eat clam cakes, chowder and fish and chips for only $16.99! Buck a Shuck is also offered on Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. And there is live music every Sunday with Second Avenue from 2 to 6 p.m.
At Red Stripe in both Providence and East Greenwich, guests save 50 percent off bottles of wine every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to close. Every day, enjoy half-price appetizers from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, only at the bar and high-tops. Appetizers include Basque calamari, street tacos, frites, parmesan truffle frites, buffalo cauliflower, mezze plate, crispy Brussels sprouts and Mediterranean broccoli rabe.
OPENINGS AND LAUNCHES
The Miss Lorraine Diner is scheduled to open soon at the Lorraine Mills at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket.
Dolores in Providence is now open to the public. The restaurant is from the Meza family, the same owners as El Rancho Grande. It’s located on Hope Street, across from Persimmon, in the former Guido’s space. The restaurant is upscale contemporary Mexican and it serves food from the Oaxaca region of Mexico, such as stews, moles and slow-cooked meats all served with handmade corn tortillas. Read more about the restaurant here.
Grey Sail Brewing has released its new holiday beer, Kegnog. The latest beer in the Wheelhouse Series is a milkshake IPA brewed with lactose, vanilla extract and Amarillo hops. This creamy vanilla shake, with hints of citrus is available for a limited time at a variety of local retailers throughout the region, and at the brewery in Westerly.
A new plant-based restaurant is coming to East Greenwich in late-February in the former Fat Belly’s location. According to East Greenwich News, PB Bistro and Bar is taking over the space at 241 Main Street, which was the name of the last restaurant to occupy the space. Co-owner Patti Burton also owns Raw Bob’s Juicery.
Bravo Brewing Company, a veteran- and woman-owned microbrewery opened November 9 in Pascoag, Rhode Island.
Narragansett Beer’s signature, limited release winter brew, Holiday Ale, is back for the holiday season! The beer’s notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clover and orange peel make it the perfect toast at holiday parties.
According to the Valley Breeze, the Miss Lorraine Diner renovation at the Lorraine Mills on Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket is moving along nicely, and it expects to open in December. Also in the same building is Whisk Me Away, a bakery that’s open on weekends to pick up sweet treats. Find out the hours by checking the Facebook page.
Bootblack Brand has launched a new syrup: the Modern Old Fashioned Syrup, which has hints of cacao and orange, with whole botanicals, chillies, agave and a touch of bitters for a smoky, sweet and savory flavor profile. In typical Bootblack style, the cocktails are easy to make and full of complex flavors. Want more ordering info? Check here.
Roma Cappocia Pizza, Roman-style pizza by the slice, is now open at 468 Wickenden Street in Providence. The pizza is sold by weight, and features varieties like margherita, eggplant parm, potato gorgonzola, eggplant, ‘nduja and pistachio.
Bolt Coffee opened a new shop at 225 Dyer Street in Providence.
The Dean Bar is the Dean Hotel’s new cocktail lounge (formerly the Magdalenae Room) in downtown Providence. Headed by north’s James Mark, acclaimed chef and restaurateur, who is also the mastermind behind Big King. The bar is inspired by the Japanese concept shibusa meaning simple beauty. Classic cocktail creations will be enhanced with miso, curry, lemongrass and sweet potato that you can sip on while snacking on pickled veggies, house nuts and homemade bread and mustards.
Good Game Grill, Rhode Island’s first board game cafe, is now open at 53 Weybossett Street in downtown Providence.
Huck’s Filling Station, the latest restaurant from the owners of Milk Money and the Thirsty Beaver, is now open in East Greenwich at 4654 Post Rd. Huck’s is a “market-driven New England eatery” that is a “celebration of the local bounty with inspiration being drawn from across the globe.”
Trattoria Romana and chef Luciano Canova of Torre Restaurant Group have opened its fourth location on Atwood Avenue in Johnston. This most recent Torre Restaurant Group opening has replaced their former Osteria Toscana restaurant at 1571 Atwood Avenue.
Nicks on Broadway’s owner and executive chef Derek Wagner opened his second location, Nicks on Westminster, in Providence’s Financial District. It’s now open for brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., in addition to being open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with takeaway and café options available during the day, and Saturday dinner. The menu features the same fresh, seasonal options you’ve come to love at Nicks on Broadway, but with new baked goods, breakfast and on-the-go options. Make reservations on OpenTable or by calling 401-443-5100. Read more here.
Inside the Rooms and Works building at 55 Cromwell Street is Far West Bar, serving craft cocktails in an intimate live/work setting. Right around the corner from Rooms and Works is Long Live Beerworks‘ new location at 40R Sprague Street, which gives the brewery much more room for guests to enjoy brews. The hours for Long Live’s new space are Wednesday through Monday. Read more about Long Live’s move here.
The old Long Live Beerworks’ location at 425 West Fountain Street has reopened as Beer on Earth brewery. Beer on Earth is open Thursday through Sunday. Check Beer on Earth’s Facebook page for updates.
Kai Bar in East Greenwich is now owned by the Martucci Group, which also owns Safehouse Modern Neighborhood Eatery, Besos Kitchen and Cocktails, The Trap Brew Pub and Grill and Chianti’s Catering. Kai Bar is its fifth brand in the Martucci Group portfolio, and this bar and eatery is known for its craft cocktails, poke bowls and live music.
The space formerly known as Feast in East Greenwich will soon be the Patio, according to East Greenwich News. The restaurant will serve sandwiches and local craft beverages. The restaurant will have an inviting expanded patio around springtime.
In honor of its five-year anniversary, Tilted Barn Brewery just announced it is expanding and building a new barn on its current property in Exeter, Rhode Island, featuring an expansive tasting room and thirty-barrel brewhouse.
Head to the newly-renovated One Bellevue restaurant at the Hotel Viking to experience a redesigned menu from new executive chef, Joe Thompson, along with a fresh look with local artwork. With more than fifteen years of experience in the hospitality and culinary industries, chef Thompson brings to the historic 208-room property a passion for food and a successful track record leading restaurant teams.
Chomp Kitchen and Drinks will be opening a second Chomp location in the Fox Point neighborhood of Providence on Ives Street. It will move into the former Eagle Super Market space.
Ragged Island Brewing Company received unanimous approval from the Portsmouth Zoning Board for its plans to build a farm brewery at the former Van Hof Nursery property at 54 Bristol Ferry Road in Portsmouth. Read more here.
The Duck and Bunny, a bakery, creperie and restaurant located on Wickenden Street in Providence, is closed for major renovations. The bakery part of the business temporarily has moved to a new location, Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket, during the renovations. This smaller sweetery is a full-service bakery and tea shop. The Snuggery will reopen with a full liquor license, upstairs party space, separate bakery area and library bar. Read more about the renovations here.
Olga’s Cup and Saucer in Providence will be closing after December 24. The restaurant will be transformed into a Seven Stars Bakery in 2020, but Tiny Bar will continue under the leadership of Joanne Chang. Read more here.
O Boy in downtown Providence announced on Facebook that it closed permanently on November 17.
Vic’s Craft Ice Cream announced the craft ice cream shop and business has closed. From her Facebook page: “It is with immense sadness that I announce my resignation from Vic’s. In this moment I’d like to express my gratitude for your support along this crazy journey. The mission of Vic’s was to make the world a sweeter place one scoop at a time. You made that a reality. Without your birthday celebrations, post-soccer treats, and after-school traditions I’d be nowhere. I loved meeting you and your families, chatting over scoops, and feeling so connected to this great community. Vic’s always felt like home thanks to you. I started this business to make ice cream, but it’s you I’ll miss the most.”
Bad news. Cluck closed. From its blog: “After seven great years, we are closing our doors. While this has been a hard decision, it is also the only one that makes sense for our family at this time. We have had an amazing time serving backyard farmers and homesteaders: our quirky, one-of-a-kind business was a joy to imagine and realize. We thank you for being a part of the journey.” Unfortunately, retail has succumbed to online shopping at this beautiful farm store.
Waffle in downtown Providence has closed. From the Waffle Facebook page: “It’s with great sadness that I announce Waffle will be closing permanently. Our last day open and operating will be Saturday, November 2, and we will be open till 11 p.m. that night. We hope everyone will come in between now and Saturday and enjoy our amazing Waffles. We will be offering specials throughout the next week. Thank you to all of our amazing customers.”
Daisy Jo’s Hot Chicken and Biscuits has closed in Warwick. A message on the business’s Facebook page reads: “We appreciate all of the support and our dedicated teams efforts in our second attempt at this unique space but unfortunately operations cannot be sustained. We will be turning this space into a commissary kitchen and catering operation for our existing brands while we look for a more suitable site for Daisy Jo’s to relocate. All current employees wishing to move to our other existing operations have been accommodated in continuing their employment with us. Thank you again for your support during these endeavors.”
Rhode Island has been honored in Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards, which highlights restaurants around the world that offer the best wine selections. Local winners include Café Itri and Chapel Grille in Cranston; Camille’s, the Capital Grille, Fleming’s Prime Steak House and Wine Bar, Mill’s Tavern, Persimmon and Sarto in Providence; Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille in Providence and Smithfield; Cara at the Chanler Hotel, The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn and the White Horse Tavern, all in Newport; Coast at the Ocean House, the Olympia Tea Room and The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn in Westerly/Watch Hill; the Coast Guard House in Narragansett; Matunuck Oyster Bar in Matunuck; and Restaurant 1879 on Block Island. The complete list of winners is featured in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands now. All the restaurants can also be found at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com and in the free Restaurant Awards app.