cru cafe newport ri

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Integrating a weekly changing menu, creativity and fresh local ingredients, Cru Cafe has brought “craft cafe dining” in Newport to a whole new level.

We were all busy over the last several months with the Volvo Ocean Race kicking off Summer 2015 a bit early; the What’sUpNewp Crew finally got a chance to head up to Bellevue and spend some time with the CRU Cafe Crew and experience all that this new cafe and restaurant has to offer.

Just steps off of Bellevue Avenue, this small boutique eatery that opened in early 2015 has something new, fun and delicious to offer; from CRU Supper, to lunch, to breakfast, to BYOB Brunch.

If you haven’t checked out CRU Cafe, here’s what you need to know!

Cru Cafe is located just behind the Audrain Automobile Museum at 1 Casino Terrace (formerly Katrina’s Bakery). They are open Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Hungry but in a rush? Order Your Breakfast, Lunch Or Dinner From CRU Online and have it ready in 20 minutes!

BYOB Sunday Brunch – Brunch is served at Cru Cafe every Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Try something sweet like their Caramel Apple Waffle or something a little more savory like their brand-new Hen & Hog lunch selection.  Brunch is always BYOB (TIP: Vickers Liquors open at 9 a.m. and is located just across the parking lot) and they always have everything you need to create the best bloodies, mimosas and sangrias. See The Weekly Brunch Menu Online

CRU Lunch – Trying to figure out lunch plans in Newport? Try their Low + Slow Turkey Sandwich, topped with cranberry dijonaise and brussel slaw on freshly baked multigrain bread or how about the Madeira Mushroom Melt with portabello, sauerkraut, gruyere, fontina, roasted garlic, aioli on a fresh baguette.

CRU Supper – Dinner is served at Cru Cafe Thursday – Sunday from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. From shareable, tapas-style options to full size plates, the CRU Supper menu is inspired by all things local and seasonal. As always, these evenings are BYOB. See The Supper Menu Online

The Atmosphere – CRU offers an atmosphere that is welcoming for anything and everyone; whether you’re looking to grab a coffee and read a book, host a work lunch, planning a special event or a getting together for a fun dinner with friends; CRU Cafe is worthy of your hard earned dollar and time from your busy schedule.

*Full disclosure CRU Cafe does currently advertise on

CRU Cafe | 1 Casino Terrace | Newport, RI 02840 | Phone: 401-314-0500

All photos by Marial Maher/Visual Manor

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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.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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