After being closed for almost three months, Cafe Zelda is looking to reopen in March.

In a perfect world, they hope to be open in time for the 60th Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12th. This story will be updated when we have an exact date and time of the reopen.


Update – March 18, 2016: Cafe Zelda will reopen on March 18th at 4pm. Updated hours – Monday thru Friday: Bar open at 4pm, Dinner at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday: They open at 11am.

Phone number for Cafe Zelda is 401-849-4002


When “The Best Little Cafe Between Bar Harbor and Key West” reopens it will be under new ownership, but there will be some familiar faces that you’ve come to know and love, Manager Mark behind the bar and Chef will both return.

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While closed the restaurant has been updated with some renovations and updates. The restaurant will also continue to have an entertainment license, something was rarely used besides the use of amplified speakers for music/television by the previous owners.

The ownership team is now made up of Patrick Kilroy and Craig Kilroy, they will each represent 50% ownership and membership. The two, who are brothers, are also involved together with The Landing and Lobster Bar.

Patrick Kilroy is a Co-Owner of Midtown with Larry Silverstein and the two have recently purchased Perry Mill Tavern and Rhumbline, both of those venues are expected to reopen in Spring 2016.

Cafe Zelda History

In the 1940’s, McGee’s Pub took over operations and ran the establishment as a local speakeasy and tavern until 1982. Then the building was purchased by Murray Davis, the founder of Cruising World Magazine in the 1980’s. Davis named the establishment Cafe Zelda, after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife and her influence in creating the roaring 20’s lifestyle. In 1986, former owners Tom & Roxanne Callahan purchased the building and the business from Davis.

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