Picnic Gourmet + Cafe is now open at 26 – 28 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, the gourmet and cafe takes over the space previously occupied by Newport Wine Cellar + Le Petit Gourmet.

Picnic is owned and operated by John and Tracy Bach-Sorensen, Owners and Operators of Willy’s Burger Bar + Rotisserie on Lower Thames Street (formerly Asterik’s) for the last 20 years.

Although Willy’s Burger + Bar Rotisserie is publicly listed for sale, the couple still plans on operating it daily (except when it’s closed on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s).

Many may be familiar with Boulangerie on Spring Street (now Rosemary & Thyme) that the couple ran for around 12 years. The new Cafe at Picnic hopes to bring back many of the baked goods and sandwiches that people fell in love with over their former cafe.

Since the couple closed the Boulangerie on Spring Street, they’ve missed running a cafe (John in particular has missed baking)  and look forward to baking, serving great to-go items that are perfect for a “Picnic” or day out the water and some of their favorite cheeses, desserts, coffee and other treats.

The Cafe is now open and serving baked goods, sandwiches, salads, wi-fi and more from 7am – 6pm daily; the Gourmet is expected to open in a few weeks (probably after March 12th).

In the future Picnic Gourmet + Cafe hopes to stay open even later for those looking for a late night espresso, coffee, dessert or a delicious treat. Of course, they will be BYOB.

Visit Picnic Gourmet + Cafe on the Web and “like” them on Facebook.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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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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