The Mooring

Over the last week, What’sUpNewp has received several messages regarding that they had heard themselves or through someone else that The Mooring, a Newport Restaurant Group property, in Downtown Newport is currently for sale.

What’sUpNewp receiving news tips or phone calls regarding rumors, stories, hunches and/or tips is nothing new, we do take caution with everything we hear and do always try to look into detailed and vague rumors, tips and stories further.

We continued to hear whispers surrounding the future of The Mooring from several people over the weekend and got a phone call from a Newport restaurant owner regarding The Mooring so decided to reach out to Newport Harbor Corporation/Newport Restaurant Group for an update.

“The Mooring is not for sale. The rumor is absolutely false!”, Paul O’Reilly CEO and President of  Newport Harbor Corporation told What’sUpNewp.

So, that should put an end to that! We understand that everyone in Newport is kind of on edge with all the recent restaurant closures or changes, but we all have to chill out a bit. Not everyone is leaving or closing!

The Mooring is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30am to 9pm and on Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 10pm.

Recent Sale Of The Mooring Property

Back in September of 2014, Peregrine Group LLC announced that they would be purchasing the Newport Yachting Center property for a reported $12.19 million, including the Mooring Restaurant, the Smokehouse Restaurant, the Sunset Terrace, and the marina and parking operations from Newport Realty, Inc. The sale was expected to take until November to close, but the real estate transactions were reported between December 15th – 19th, 2014.

After the purchase, Newport Harbor Corporation signed long-term lease agreements to continue to operate the Smoke House and The Mooring, Sunset Terrace, and boat shows under long-term lease agreements.

Ryan Belmore is the 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.

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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.

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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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