Keeping up with what’s happening and new with Newport businesses can be tough, we decided to do something about it in order to help you (and us) keep track of all that’s happening in the City-By-The-Sea.

Introducing ‘Newport Business News and Buzz’, a weekly column where we keep you in the know of what’s happening with stores, restaurants, businesses and other news that you should know about.

If you have tips about businesses opening or closing, or doing something worth sharing, please e-mail us at with that information.

After two public hearings where neighbors spoke against the license, the Irish American Club on Lower Thames Street was given an entertainment license by Newport City Council last Wednesday. The license allows the private club to host no more than 3 musicians and no later than 9 p.m. at night.

Mission also received an entertainment license at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

Bike Newport has made the move from their location on Spring Street to their new home on Broadway, look for them at 62 Broadway (former home of Newport Medical Center). It is not publically known what Butch Murray has in store for Bike Newport’s former temporary home.

While Brad and Frank haven’t made their plans completely known for Foley’s, many have commented on how clean the property is since they took it over and how they appreciate them using it for parking while they decide what to do.

For those that have missed the lululemon Newport seasonal store in Washington Square, don’t get too upset. Looks like the seasonal store will open again on Black Friday and possibly a few days throughout the holiday season.

ICYMI – Newport Grand is heading to Tiverton – UPDATED: A Grand Goodbye – Casino Will Leave Newport, Tiverton Bound

Rumors continue to swirl around Washington Square that a popular restaurant in Newport will be taking over the former Yesterday’s. This week we noticed that the windows have been covered and their is a building permit now in the window.

Sea Side Sweets & T’s has closed up on the front row of Brick Market Place. The space at 127 Swineburne Row may not fill up as quick as you would think, word has it that the landlord doesn’t want anyone in there that serves food or drink.

Destination Chocolate has recently departed 10 Bowen’s Wharf, another tenant will be opening a seasonal store until a new tenant takes over in early 2017. Stay tuned for updates on this one.

Newport Waterfront Events has begun trucking in the Newport Skating Center, look for set up of the popular ice rink to begin at the former Newport Yachting Center soon.

Construction has begun to build a second floor deck on the west side of Midtown Oyster Bar.

LoLo Newport has departed 468 Thames Street.

A sign with “Business For Sale” has recently been place outside of the Subway on Lower Thames Street.

While the outdoor patio at Perry Mill looks beautiful and complete, don’t look for the Surf Club and that patio to open until spring.

Mokka Coffeehouse is taking this week off for some much needed rest, they will reopen on Saturday, November 19th.

Some of Gray Matter Marketing’s popular events have been nominated by Competitor Running for various awards and mentions, consider voting for the following –  Ocean Road 10k (Best 5k/10k, Best Race T-Shirt), Newport Marathon (Best Marathon and Half-Marathon), Newport 10 Miler (Best Destination Race, Best Women’s Running Event) and Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run (Best Race for Kids).

Looks like construction/rehab may start soon in The Shop on Lower Thames, delivery and building permit has arrived over the last week.

Restaurants and businesses currently for sale: Willy’s, Mudville Pub, Hope, Subway on Lower Thames and Bucci’s.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).