Open and Closed



Askew: No, they probably won’t be serving squirrel, but they will be taking over the former Fatt Squirrel space under the ArtProv Gallery and across from the Art Bar. Run by local music scene veterans Psycho and Windsong, most recently of Firehouse 13 and Alchemy, this venue will feature live music and will take a stab at a new culinary theme — everything will be served on skewers. The grand opening (as of this writing) is April 20, featuring a performance by Neal and the Vipers. 150 Chestnut St, PVD.

Fuego Fuego: A Latin-themed nightclub and restaurant has opened where the biergarten on Federal Hill used to be, at 115 Spruce St, PVD. It’s open and hopping, at least sometimes, but not yet official, and all you can do on the website is sign up for a notification of their pending grand opening.

Layali: For a while, it was the snazzy but generally empty Diamond Room; before that, this esteemed location was the long-running site of the famous Custom House Tavern. Now a new flavor has picked up the mantle; Layali will be a bar restaurant from the same folks who used to run Kartabar on Thayer St, before they fled in the face of the army of nefarious parking meters that moved into that hood. The new locale will feature elements of the old Kartabar menu, if you were experiencing withdrawal, as well as new items. Their soft opening was March 29 — grand opening TBA. The name refers to a form of Arabic improvised singing — no word yet on whether any of that will take place. 1 Custom House St, PVD (across from the Arcade);

School of Rock Rhode Island: We expect a very special appearance by Jax Black at this event opening a School of Rock in RI, so that aspiring RI musicians no longer need to pack a lunch for expeditions to the schools in Seekonk or Attleboro. The tunes erupt April 7 at their grand opening. See full story on page xxx. 1270 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence.

Union Restaurant: 2nd Story Theatre has always been dedicated to the idea of dinner and a show — they’re on the second story, above a restaurant — and they’ve now renovated and reopened the culinary level of their multifaceted story, joining it to the theater in a night-out-union. You don’t have to see a show. You can also go and have a fine American dining experience. 28 Market St, Warren.


As a last step in former East Side pizza spot Nice Slice’s migration to the West Side, their renowned Shepherd Fairy artwork has been added to the new decor — complete with the wall it was painted on. A replacement wall can be found at the old location. Drop by the new spot to see its new home.


Clean Plate: Presumably all the plates are clean now, as the eatery has closed up shop. This location was once home to the Village, which also recently closed its doors at its new location. 345 S. Water St, PVD.

Saltwater Tavern: Nestled among a number of local-friendly, long-running establishments, this tavern never quite nailed its landing, and has closed permanently and declared bankruptcy. There are online rumors that it will reopen under new management.195 S Main St, S Kingstown.

Taco: No more homemade tortillas at the Plain St spot in PVD, which seems to have closed gradually over the last several months.

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