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.

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Bridge To Fitness:  Bridge to Fitness is holding a toy and gift drive to benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center’s Santa’s Workshop! More on this – Bridge To Fitness Launches Toy and Gift Drive, Will Benefit MLK Center’s Santa’s Workshop

Brick Market Parking Lots: The parking lots around Brick Market Place are changing hands, details on the sale to come.

Broadway 66 – The deli on Broadway has closed, look for new ownership and concept soon.

Ciro’s Pomodoro Italian Restaurant & Bar: There a brand new restaurant looking to open in a unique location in Downtown Newport. Ciro’s Pomodoro Italian Restaurant & Bar will open at 10 Brown & Howard Wharf, according to a recent application in front of the City Of Newport Board Of license Commissioners. More on this – New Italian Restaurant and Bar Looks to Open Off of Lower Thames Street in Newport

Hyatt Regency Newport: After recently being sold, changes are going to happen pretty quick for the hotel on Goat Island. Sources tell us changes with name, logo, look and feel will begin to happen over the next few weeks.

Innovation: The Providence Journal reports that Newport is poised to compete with Providence for innovation dollars.

Mama Leone’s/Mudville Pub: Mudville Pub has traded their full liquor license to Mama Leone’s for Mama’s beer and wine license. Mama Leone’s will become Antonios Pizza. More on this – Mudville Pub and Mama Leone’s Look to Swap Liquor Licenses, Mama Leone’s to Become Antonio’s Pizza

Newport Waterfront Events: It’s been two years since Peregrine Group bought the Newport Yachting Center, and Newport Waterfront Events has finally found a new home. Look for them to host 20 – 30 events over the next 3 years in East Providence. More info on this – Newport Waterfront Events Finds New Long-Term Home, Will Host 20 – 30 Events Annually in East Providence

Paul Madden: Paul Madden, owner and founder of Paul Madden Associates LLC, a Newport-based company with expertise in yacht brokerage, marina development and, most recently, organizing yacht charters to Cuba is among 3 men that are building businesses in travel and education as relations between U.S., island nation gradually thaw. More info – R.I. entrepreneurs gain foothold in Cuba

RhodeWorks: The Providence Journal reports that Pell Center at Salve Regina University votes truck toll controversy story of the year.

Rib & Rhein: Rib & Rhein has added a cafe to the first floor of their William Street shop. More Info

Towerstream: Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ:TWER) (the “Company”), a leading Fixed-Wireless Fiber Alternative company, announces move to trade on OTCQB under the symbol “TWER” effective December 1, 2016.  This transition to the OTCQB market does not affect the Company’s business operations. The Company will continue to file periodic and certain other reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission under applicable federal securities laws. More Info

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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).