An East Greenwich Fave is Taking Over the Former Grange Space
The new restaurant will feature everything from brunch to late-night eats and is slated for an early March opening.
When news of the Grange’s permanent closure broke early last year, the Rhode Island foodie community was, understandably, devastated. The vegetable-forward restaurant had become a dining destination for many in Providence’s west end, but once the initial shock dissipated, attention shifted to questions of just what would become of the distinctive green structure on the corner of Broadway and Dean.
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Well, we finally have the answer. Those familiar with the Patio On Main, the popular family-owned eatery that popped up on Main Street in East Greenwich just before the pandemic hit (and became an impromptu celebrity hangout), will be thrilled to learn that the former Grange space will now be home to its second location: the Patio on Broadway.
“We were always keeping an eye out for another space,” says the Patio owner, Jason Winpenny. “I grew up in Rhode Island and I love that building, so when I saw that the space had opened up, I jumped on it. It’s got a long history and we’re trying to do right by the building.”
While he and his team are currently in the process of prepping the restaurant for an early March opening, fellow fans of the building can rest assured that the changes they have in mind are not drastic by any means.
“We are keeping in mind the neighborhood; everyone knows that building, so things like the clock will, of course, stay the same,” Winpenny explains. “I’m just trying to open up the space and brighten it up a bit to give it more of a presence. We just had new windows installed to give it that open-air, patio feel to go along with the name. It will be nice to have it all wide open in summertime.”
As for the eats, Winpenny is excited to have executive chef Mike Kudzma — some may know him as the former chef at Matunuck Oyster Bar — on board.
“His intentions are to have a similar menu to East Greenwich but with more entree options — we don’t do any entrees at the Patio on Main, the closest is a poke bowl, but this will be a full menu. We’re thinking a lot of handmade pastas, some seafood, and so on,” Winpenny previews. “Then we’re also planning to have a nice brunch menu and a late-night menu, too.”
The late-night menu will especially come in handy as, like its sister restaurant, Winpenny plans to fill the Patio on Broadway’s schedule with entertainment when possible, such as a standing trivia night and acoustic band performances on weekends.
“Federal Hill gets so busy and we’re trying to bring the action over to Broadway,” he says. “We’re excited to show everyone what we’ve done with the space.”
Keep an eye on thepatiori.com and its socials for updates.