Newport Restaurant Group Opens Foodlove Market
The Middletown market offers a variety of specialty, take-home foods that are popular at its restaurants and made with local and seasonal ingredients.
Newport Restaurant Group just opened a new prepared foods market at 1037 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown. The shop serves a variety of specialty, take-home foods that are popular at its restaurants and made with local and seasonal ingredients, as well as a selection of curated groceries and baked goods, bread and coffee from Seven Stars Bakery. They also have grab-and-go bites for breakfast, lunch and dinner to make it easier on working professionals and busy families. The idea came in response to a changing restaurant landscape that involves more takeout.
Whether it’s dinner for two, a feast for a whole family or ingredients for a special picnic or dinner at home, Foodlove has grab-and-go or made-to-order items ready for pickup. The market’s takeout options include favorite dishes from Newport Restaurant Group’s many restaurants, including Avvio chicken parmesan; Trio meatballs with Kenyon’s polenta, summer corn and tomato sauce; and the Boat House’s shrimp scampi. It’s open six days a week (closed on Mondays) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The market will help maintain the quality of the food while making it more convenient for customers. “We are thrilled to have opened our doors at Foodlove Market, a unique endeavor for us as a company, and one we are especially proud of,” says Paul O’Reilly, president and chief executive officer of Newport Restaurant Group. “Foodlove fills a void for our year-round community, summer residents and visitors by offering fresh, delicious foods in a way that is convenient for the customer, whether they are packing a picnic for the beach, hosting a gathering at home or simply want to put a satisfying meal on the family table after a long day.”
There will be wood-fired and cast iron pan pizzas; sushi selections; panini sandwiches on Seven Stars bread; vegetable, pasta and grain salads, rotisserie chickens and soups, including the Mooring’s famous clam chowder. Guests will also be able to purchase some groceries and local produce, as well as local coffee and fresh baked goods.
“In some ways, it is counter-intuitive to be expanding and building a new business unit during a time when we’re cutting expenses and shrinking the company,” says O’Reilly, who adds that NRG took on an investor for the project for the first time, which is allowing the restaurant group to remain a 100-percent employee-owned business. “The Foodlove concept was designed to shift our brand into an area of the food and beverage industry that was growing before the pandemic, but is now actually thriving because of it.”