Newport Wine Cellar

There’s two new places to eat are coming soon to Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Picnic and Christo’s Pizza of Newport.

Photo of Bellevue Avenue, looking south from Vernon Court via Wikipedia

Both places are expected to open up over the next several weeks according to new victualing license applications. These two new victualing license applications will be reviewed at the regularly scheduled Newport City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 10th.

Christo’s Pizza of Newport, owned by Joan Peckham of Newport, will open in the Stop & Shop Plaza at 266 Bellevue Avenue, the space was formerly occupied by Regina Rotisserie Chicken and Raw Power Juice Bar.

Regina Rotisserie Chicken, owned and operated by same owners of Via Via Pizza and Thames Street Burger Boys (currently for sale), has been sporadically opened and closed over the last year or two.

The application states that the restaurant has enough seating for up to 50 people and possible hours of operation could be 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Picnic, owned by Tracy Bachscrenben of Portsmouth, will open at 26 – 28 Bellevue, the space formerly occupied by Newport Wine Cellar and Le Petit Gourmet.

What’sUpNewp was the first to report Newport Wine Cellar was moving back in December;

Picnic, being called a restaurant/food retail shop, has enough seating for 16-18 and possible hours of operation could be 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

This story will be updated as/if more information is received.

Featured Photo: 26-28 Bellevue when Newport Wine Cellar was located there.

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