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.

This is ‘Newport Business News’, 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, e-mail us at

Newport County Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration hosted a joint press conference last week at Washington Square Park to kick-off the “Holidays by the Sea” Shop Small Saturday initiatives. In attendance were U.S Senator Jack Reed; U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; U.S. Congressman David Cicilline; Governor Gina Raimondo, Lt. Governor Dan McKee; Senate President M Teresa Paiva-Weed; Newport City Councilor Lynn Ceglie; Small Business Administration RI District Director Mark Hayward and Chamber Executive Director Erin L Donovan-Boyle.

A-1 Roofing: Newport based A1 Roofing donated over 25 turkeys to assist the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s Thanksgiving food drive on Monday, November 21st.  Read more – A1 Roofing Donates More Than Two Dozen Turkeys To Help Feed Needy Families

Newport Gateway Center: The Alliance for Livable Newport (ALN) will host a Community Forum and Information session on the upcoming improvements to the Newport Transportation and Visitors Center (Gateway Center).  The forum will be held on Monday, November 28 at 6:30 pm, in the lobby of the Transportation and Visitors Center on America’s Cup Avenue. Representatives of the team leading the effort will discuss the planned work, provide renderings of the upcoming project, and answer questions from the audience.  The construction and restoration work will include improvements to parts of the Transportation and Visitors Center damaged by Hurricane Sandy, as well as the installation of Green Infrastructure to assist in storm water runoff management. More Info – Community Forum to be Held on Planned Improvements to the Newport Transportation and Visitors Center

Newport Holiday Stroll: Dozens of local retail stores, restaurants and hotels are currently preparing for the inaugural Newport Holiday Stroll,  a two-weekend event aimed at promoting Newport as New England’s Premier Holiday Shopping Destination. Read more – More Than 50 Local Businesses Will Participate in Inaugural Newport Holiday Stroll

Newport Hospital: Newport Hospital announced that Dr. Randall Ingham, a hematologist/oncologist, has joined the Newport Hospital medical staff as part of Lifespan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island. Dr. Ralph Earp has joined Newport Hospital as a primary-care provider with Lifespan Physician Group. He most recently practiced internal medicine with Aquidneck Medical Group. Dr. David Gorelick has been hired by Newport Hospital as a primary-care provider with Lifespan Physician Group. He was most recently an internal medicine physician with Aquidneck Medical Group. Dr. Kristin Fielding has joined Lifespan Physician Group as a primary-care provider at Newport Hospital. She joins the hospital from Aquidneck Medical Group.

Newport Opera House: The Newport Opera House Theater will receive state historic preservation tax credits for a conversion to a nonprofit theater and performing arts center. It will receive $3.1 million in state historic tax credits, the R.I. Division of Taxation announced last Wednesday, on project completion. Read more – Newport Opera House Theater to become nonprofit theater, performing arts center

Princess Cruises: Princess Cruises has announced its largest ever fall deployment in Canada & New England. The 2018 Canada & New England cruise season offered by Princess Cruises showcases the fall foliage to iconic destinations along the east coast (including Newport) and offers the largest deployment ever with two of the cruise line’s newest ships – Regal Princess and Royal Princess. The 3,560-guest Regal Princess and Royal Princess, sailing for the first time together departing from New York and Quebec, offer 10 cruise departures on four unique itineraries, visiting 12 destinations in New England and Canada. The boats will visit Newport, several times during the 2017 season.

Roger King Fine Arts: Newport’s “oldest fine art gallery” will soon be departing their location down at 21 Bowen’s Wharf. Future plans for the 2nd floor location will be announced soon.

StoneAcre Pantry: Looks as if the owners of the popular Lower Thames Street restaurant has plans to take over the former Yesterday’s & The Place. While the owners have not responded to requests for comment, sources tell us that the deal is done.

Tallulah On Thames: Bad news for those hoping that the news of Tallulah on Thames closing was a bad dream. It appears that the restaurant is slowly being cleared out. Future plans for the property and those of the Tallulah team are still unknown at this time.

Liquor Licenses: We’re following up on a few liquor license swaps, purchases and transfers across the city, we’ll dig into it and share the information with you as soon as we can.

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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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

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.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.