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Discover Newport’s Smith Previews Newport Restaurant Week on LIVE’s The Taste

Thursday, November 02, 2017


Evan Smith

Evan Smith, President and CEO of Discover Newport joined GoLocal LIVE's The Taste with Rick Simone to discuss the successful summer in Newport, the upcoming Newport Restaurant Week, and the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race.

Smith announced that Discover Newport now has 58 restaurants participating in Newport Restaurant Week from throughout Newport and Bristol County which begins this Friday -- it runs from November 3 -12.

He highlighted the opening of the new gateway visitor information center in Newport. And, he previewed what we can expect from the Volvo Ocean Race visiting Newport as its only American stop coming in May 2018.


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The East Island Reserve

985 E. Main Road, Middletown

Located in Middletown, this lodging compound features 24 independent cottages along with a small hotel component of 10 studio units and an outdoor pool. The two-story cottages include a kitchen, master bedroom, living area, bathroom, and porch, plus gas fireplaces and central air conditioning. 

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The Sea Breeze Inn & Cafe

147 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown

Originally opened in 1991, this Middletown inn is just steps from Easton’s Beach.  

The Inn offers 16 professionally designed guest rooms and suites, some with an ocean view, and a 30-seat full-service café.  

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Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina

1 Goat Island, Newport

Formerly the Hyatt Regency Newport, Gurney’s opened in January of 2017 and is located on almost 10 acres of Goat Island with waterfront views. Gurney’s Newport consists 257 guest rooms and suites, multiple event venues, a full-service spa, as well as year-round and seasonal food and beverage experiences. 

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Backyard Patio & Grille

151 Swinburne Row at Brick Marketplace, Newport

Open through October 2017, the restaurant features an indoor and outdoor bar, five large-screen televisions and a large patio with games including corn hole, giant Jenga and Connect 4. Garage-style doors on each side of the bar and dining room allow for the sea breeze to flow throughout the restaurant. 

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Juice’d Cafe

190 Thames Street, Newport

Fresh-pressed juices, salads, wraps, burritos and more focusing on healthy quick-serve options. Opening mid-June.

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La Vasca

515 Thames Street, Newport

A sister restaurant to Stoneacre Pantry, La Vasca is a Spanish/Basque-style restaurant offering a menu which celebrates the traditions of Northern Spain and Southern France by serving pintxos, tapas, hot and cold small plates and more. 

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 657 Park Avenue, Portsmouth

Fresh local food from land and sea at affordable prices in Island Park overlooking the Sakonnet River. 

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Mama Leone’s Restaurant

266 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

After servicing the Newport area for over 40 years, this pizzeria has moved to a new location and continues to offer an extensive menu beyond pizza with late night hours.

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Merienda Tapas, Cicchetti & Wine Bar

125 Water Street, Warren

In the middle of Warren’s waterfront district, this restaurant offers a wide variety of small plates and an international wine list.

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1 Goat Island, Newport

Scarpetta evokes the pleasure of savoring a meal down to the last bite. It is LDV Hospitality's signature restaurant concept that first opened in NYC’s Meatpacking District and has expanded to locations in Las Vegas, Montauk and Philadelphia.  

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Harry’s Burger Bar

464 Thames Street, Newport

Opening in Mid-June, Harry’s was recently named the #1 Burger in America by CNN and the best burger in the world by Burgered.com. 

Harry’s is well known for its sliders, extensive craft beer list, and shakes. 

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Ragged Island Brewing Company

200 High Point Ave., Unit B6, Portsmouth

This Portsmouth-based craft brewery makes and serves TwoTree Double IPA, TwoTree Mosaic, Baulston Porter, Ruggles ESB (extra special bitter), Indivisible DIPA, Coggeshall Pale Ale and more. 

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Antonio’s Pizza By-the-Slice Bar and Kitchen

150 Connell Highway, Middletown

Opened in 1991 in Amherst, Mass., this newly renovated restaurant just outside of Naval Station Newport is already a family favorite. 

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Belcourt of Newport

657 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Experience the massive restoration effort preserving this Richard Morris Hunt designed mansion that was commissioned by Oliver Belmont in 1891. Guided tours are available by reservation only and take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m.

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Rail Explorers

 1 Alexander Road, Portsmouth

Ride the rails on pedal powered 'rail explorers' - pedal powered bike/vehicle hybrids which ride on railroad tracks.  All explorers leave at the same time and each group enjoys the freedom of the outdoors and the magic of the railroad at their own pace. The explorers are easy to ride and children are welcome. 

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Newport Car Museum

1847 W. Main Road, Portsmouth

Opening June 1 this 40,000-square-foot museum will feature an exquisite private collection of more than 45 striking automobiles representing six decades of automotive design since World War II.  More than just vehicles, this modern design experience will resonate with people of all ages thanks in part to the addition of a mid-century modern furniture collection. 

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Newport Dinner Cruise

26 Waites Wharf, Newport

Cruise through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay passing some of the area’s best waterfront attractions, homes, and classic yachts—all while savoring the dishes (lunch, hors d’oeuvres and dinner) prepared by a yacht chef with more than 20 years’ experience. 

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Newport Kat

Newport Harbour, Newport

Spend a day sailing on AlyKat, a 41-foot Catana catamaran! Offering private sailing ranging from 2-hour excursions and sunset sails to overnights and weekend getaways. 

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LMNOP Gallery

99 Spring Street, Newport

A community space, bringing together artists and creatives while providing a storefront location to display and sell local artwork and apparel. 

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Newport Contemporary Fine Arts

219 Goddard Row, Brick Marketplace, Newport

Exhibits new contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists.

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Ocean Drives

Ocean Drive, Newport

A 75-minute unique tour experience that cruises through Newport's most charming, scenic, and historic points with expert guides who share the fascinating history and salacious stories that make this city a special place. 

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Nature Tamed in the Landscape, Gardens & Collections of Rough Point

680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Nature Tamed explores the history of interventions, beginning with Frederick Law Olmsted's original 1887 survey and ending with the preservation and care of the grounds and gardens by the Newport Restoration Foundation.

Alongside the history of the landscape is a selection of fine arts, furnishings, and fashion from the collections of Doris Duke inspired by nature.

On view through Nov. 5, 2017. 

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Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of Innovation

548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

This exhibit on the second-floor gallery at Rosecliff features 42 original pieces from Cardin's private archives that document and celebrate his career from the 1950s through his 2016 spring/summer collection. Included will be his most memorable designs, including 1960s space-age looks from the Cosmocorps collection, unisex jumpsuits created for the 1972 Olympics, and the technologically advanced Cardine dress, made of thermo-formed fabric, that was worn by Lauren Bacall in 1968. 

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Newport MetreFest (June 9-11)

Fort Adams, Newport

An exciting new regatta for International Rule sailing yachts including 2.4mR, 6mR, 8mR and 12mRs. Three days of racing run in conjunction with the New York Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta. Sail Newport will provide dockage for all the boats at their Fort Adams facility, enabling both sailors and spectators to walk the docks and appreciate the formula designs from vintage through more modern boats up close. Admission to walk the docks (before and after racing daily) is free of charge. 

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Pierre Cardin: A Gala Celebration (June 17)

548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

The legendary fashion designer comes to Newport this summer, hosting a fashion runway show at The Breakers which will feature nearly 90 looks from Mr. Cardin's prolific career. Following the runway show, guests will enjoy a champagne reception on the loggia of mansion, including a birthday cake to celebrate Mr. Cardin's imminent 95th birthday. Guests will also receive a commemorative program and tickets to view the new Pierre Cardin exhibition at Rosecliff.

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Norman Bird Sanctuary Beach Bash (Aug. 3)

583 3rd Beach Rd, Middletown

The evening summer beach party on the Sanctuary’s Third Beach property will feature music, dancing, the Binge BBQ food truck, s’mores by the bonfire, paddle-boarding and kayaking, and fun for the whole family.  

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J Class World Championship (Aug. 21-26)

The inaugural J Class World Championship, which will be organized by the New York Yacht Club in association with the International Maxi Association and the J Class Association, will feature a mix of coastal races and windward leeward racing off Newport. 

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Anchor Toffee

8 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport

Signature almond butter toffee hand-crafted in small batches with the best ingredients. Almonds, sweet cream butter, pure sugar, salt and dark chocolate are skillfully piloted through heat and cold to create a classic treat you can’t resist.

Opening soon. 

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Kiel James Patrick

3 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport

Inspired by the rugged charm of New England, Kiel James Patrick takes pride in creating timeless American-made fashion and accessories.

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Artists & Revolutionaries

433 Thames Street, Newport

A fully sustainable, handmade clothing line born in Brooklyn. The size and gender-free clothing is made from the best washable fabrics, organic cotton, wools, cashmere and silks in flowy and freestyles.

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Bohemian Bias

154 Mill Street, Newport

Inspired by music, art and the laid-back vibes of the West Coast, this women's wear boutique offers a merchandise assortment consisting of statement pieces from contemporary brands not typically found in local shops. 

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California East

458 Thames Street, Newport

Women’s bathing suit shop carrying sizes XS-24. 

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Crosswynds Traders

6 West Marlborough Street, Newport

Offers the latest fashion trends for men and women at an affordable price.

The flagship store is located in Narragansett. 

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Katalina's Boutique By The Sea

 468 Thames Street, Newport​

A fun boutique that offers unique women's apparel, accessories, bags, housewares, specialty gifts and trendy items at a reasonable price.

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Rhody Surf

8 Fair Street, Newport

Newport’s popular surf school’s new gear shop and its stocked with surfboards, apparel, sunblock, wax and other merchandise – all of which have roots to the area. 

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November Bicycles

79 Thames Street, Newport

November Bicycles hosts Wednesday evenings ride from the shop around Newport. 

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Styled by Jenna

 13 Touro Street, Newport

Modern coastal farmhouse home décor.

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Beneath the Breakers

 44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport

Explore the underground tunnel, boiler room and basement of Newport’s The Breakers.

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Balance on Thames

429 Thames Street, Newport

Ladies yoga wear and gear, work out wear, beach lifestyle apparel, accessories, and footwear.

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Thames Glass

400 Thames Street, Newport

Thames Glass Glassblowing Studio and Gallery features hand blown glass designed by Matthew Buechner since RI since 1981.

This new additional retail location features the work of Buechner and other local artists. 


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