What’sUpNewp has confirmed that Yesterday’s and The Place will close after 42 years of business on Saturday, September 26th.

Going into their 42nd year of business, Yesterday’s has been under the same ownership, has employed many locals and has seen many changes within themselves, the industry and Newport over the years.

The decision for the sudden closure of the restaurant comes with the recent sale of the building they are located in, their current lease and “because a restaurant isn’t in the new owner’s plans”, a person we spoke to at Yesterday’s told What’sUpNewp.

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”.

From their early years as a popular Newport nightclub, to hosting the cast and crew of Hollywood films like Amistad and Wind, Yesterday’s has been a tradition for both locals and visitors since 1974.

Yesterday’s will be open for lunch and dinner every day this week and is open from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; and 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Yesterday’s acknowledges that on Saturday, they may be open later then 10 p.m.

Yesterday’s ownership and staff shared that they hope that their beloved customers, neighbors, friends and YOU will stop in and say goodbye before they close the doors.

Yesterday’s expresses their sincere thanks to Newport, locals and tourists for 42 great years.

Yesterday’s | 28 Washington Square |  401-847-0116 |

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.

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