10 Popular or Long-Time Businesses We Said Goodbye To in 2015

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These 10 long-time, popular, hip, cool and/or established businesses will certainly be missed moving in 2016 and for many years to come here in Newport, RI.

We did not include Rhumbline or Cafe Zelda, both restaurants will open under new ownership but with the same name.

It is unknown what the immediate future looks like for Teas & Javas and the following restaurants that are currently for sale; Thames Street Burger Boys, Provencal Bakery, Willy’s Burger Bar or Lil’ Clam. All but Willy’s are currently closed until further notice.

1 – Tropical Gangster – Last day: November 15th

After 35 years, the owners of Tropical Gangsters are retiring and store at 375 Thames Street closed on Sunday, November 15th.  Read More: UPDATE: Tropical Gangsters Owners Announce Store Will Soon Close

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2 – Erica Zap – Last day: December 31st

Erica Zap, a long-time jewelry shop at 477 Thames Street, will close near the end of 2015. The property was bought on September 29th, 2015 for $632,000.

3 – Down Under Jewelry  – Last day: December 24th

After many years at 479 Thames Street, Down Under Jewelry has announced to its loyal customers that they too will close at the end of the year.

4 – Thames Street Kitchen (TSK) – Last day: December 31st

Thames Street Kitchen, a.k.a. “TSK”, took to their Facebook Page on Saturday, November 14th to announce they will be permanently closing. Read More: Thames Street Kitchen Announces They Will Permanently Close

5 – Atlantic Beach Club – Last day: January 1st, 2016

Following the sale of the Atlantic Beach Club this year, December of 2015 will be the last full month of operation for the popular restaurant. They will close for good at the end of the day on January 1st.  Read more about it here – Reminder: Atlantic Beach Club Open Through January 1st, Will Host Annual New Year’s Day Party

6 – Yesterday’s and The Place – Last Day: September 26th

Yesterday’s and The Place closed after 42 years of business on Saturday, September 26th. The new owners of 28 Washington Square have renovated the second floor of the building and plan on leasing it as office space and has plans to possibly make the first floor “high end retail”.

7 – The Canfield House – Last Day: October 31st.

The Canfield House Restaurant, one of the longest-running restaurants in Newport, closed on Saturday, October 31st. The property was purchased by the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. The International Tennis Hall of Fame has stated plans for the property do not include operating it as a restaurant, they do intend to use the historic building. The Canfield House, located at 5 Memorial Boulevard, has been a fixture in Newport since the early 1900’s.

8 – Perry Mill Tavern – Last Day: September 10th

On July 10th, the What’sUpNewp Crew brought you the news that the Owners Of Midtown Oyster Bar Have Purchased Perry Mill TavernPerry Mill Tavern closed on Thursday, September 10th and will reopen in Spring 2016 under new ownership and a new name.

9 – Orange Leaf – Last Day: November 1st

Orange Leaf, home to “America’s Frozen Yogurt”, has closed their location at 198 Thames Street in Newport. Orange Leaf has been serving frozen yogurt on Thames Street since July 28th, 2012. A sign on the door of their on November 6th stated that location has closed and to visit their other locations in Rhode Island.

10 – LuLu Lemon Pop-Up Shop – Last Day: September 7th

Mega-brand lululemon athletica  spent the summer in Newport, R.I. offering a pop-up shop on Williams Street offering a selection of athletic-wear but also exercising the practice with outdoor events.

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