5 Long-Time Newport Businesses We Have To Say Goodbye To In December

Lower Thame Street

What a year it’s been for changes around Newport! Someone recently said that there’s a starting point and end point for everything in life – “businesses don’t stay open forever anymore”, and plenty of businesses chose 2015 to be the year they signed off for good.

Over the last 12 – 14 months, we’ve said goodbye permanently to Yesterdays, Canfield House, Perry Mill Tavern & Music Hall, Katrinas Bakery, Ocean Breeze Cafe and Tropical Gangsters.

Over the same time period, we’ve said or will say goodbye temporarily to Rhumbline and Cafe Zelda. Both are expected to reopen under the same name under new ownership.

That may not be the last of the changes either, here’s 10 Long-Time Businesses on Lower Thames Street Are For Sale or Will Close by End of Year.

Get into these five long-time Newport businesses, buy something and say goodbye and thanks for the memories. They’ve all certainly contributed a lot to our community over the years.

1 – Cafe Zelda

After the recent sale of Cafe Zelda, the restaurant will close under current ownership on December 7th and will close the bar on December 11th for winter renovations. Cafe Zelda will re-open in the New Year under new ownership.


2 – Atlantic Beach Club

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

3 – Erica Zap

Erica Zap, a long-time jewelry shop at 477 Thames Street, will close after 20 years at the end of 2015. The property was bought on September 29th, 2015 for $632,000.

4 – Down Under Jewlery

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 holiday season.

5 – Thames Street Kitchen (TSK)

Thames Street Kitchen, a.k.a. “TSK”, took to their Facebook Page on Saturday, November 14th to announce they will be permanently close as of January 1. Read More: Thames Street Kitchen Announces They Will Permanently Close

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HONORABLE MENTION – Willy’s Burger Bar

The days may be numbered for Willy’s, formerly Asterisk.

Willy’s Burger Bar + Rotisserie, located at 599 Thames Street in Newport, is up for sale. The restaurant was put on the market on November 6th at $1.2 million and is being represented and marketed by The Fitzpatrick Team at RE/MAX Professionals of Newport. Read More: Willy’s Burger Bar and Rotisserie Is Up For Sale

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