Changes are coming for one of the oldest continuously operating restaurants in Newport.

An application has been filed at Newport City Hall by La Forge Casino Restaurant to transfer ownership of its Class BV alcoholic beverage license to 1899, LLC.

1899, LLC is made up of Thames Capital Ventures, LLC (51% Nicholas Schorsch) and Aquidneck Holding, LLC (49% Nicholas Schorsch).

Schorsch owns the nearby Audrain Automobile Museum and the residence Hopedene, located at 43 Cliff Avenue.

The liquor license will be used by the new owners on the same premise. There have been rumors swirling around the City for a few weeks that the property had sold, many have said they heard it would be turned into an Irish pub.

The City Of Newport Board Of License Commissioners will review the application on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Newport City Hall.

Crowley’s Pub at La Forge Restaurant first opened 137 years ago (in 1880), making it one of the oldest restaurants still operating in the City.

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