Newport Restaurant Group to Open Foodlove Market This Summer
The Middletown market will offer a variety of specialty, take-home foods made with local and seasonal ingredients.
Newport Restaurant Group is launching a new prepared foods market this summer. Foodlove will be located at 1037 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, serving a variety of specialty, take-home foods made with local and seasonal ingredients. 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 dinner at home, Foodlove will have grab-and-go or made-to-order items ready for pickup. It will 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.
The market will help maintain the quality of the food while making it more convenient for customers. “Maintaining the integrity of our culinary program has been our guiding principle at our restaurants for decades, and Foodlove will be no different,” says Karsten Hart, director of Restaurants for Newport Restaurant Group. “The menu will feature a wide variety of offerings, from soups and sandwiches to satisfying meals to put on the family table at the end of a long day, and all of the components you can think of to throw a great dinner party.”
There will also 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 Paul O’Reilly, President and CEO of Newport Restaurant Group, 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.”