After much-awaited anticipation, Rustica Kitchen opened for the first time at 404 Thames Street on Thursday morning at 8 am.

The folks behind the newest restaurant to open in Newport are Matt and Anna Tscheulin, chef and owners of Rosemary & Thyme Artisan Bakery/Cafe.

Rustica Kitchen will be serving up street-driven and chef-driven food: “I want to make the stuff that I (and other chefs) like to eat. I think people like to get a little messy,” Matt told What’sUpNewp back in February.“I’d like to take four or five really good ingredients that are combined in a way that you have enough food to satisfy people, but yet it’s unique. I want to take things (like a hotdog) and put my spin and creativity on it.”

Rustica is currently open daily from 8 am to 3 pm and is serving breakfast and lunch. Things that will eventually be available at Rustica Kitchen will include a phone-order only menu, grab-and-go street food snacks, use of BYOB, industry nights, brunch, dinner, and more. The Tscheulins anticipate that Rustica Kitchen will be open year-round.


During this “opening period” for Rustica, Rosemary & Thyme will be closed from April 10th – 24th so the staff and owners can focus on getting the new restaurant off the ground and running. When Rosemary & Thyme reopens it will be open from 7 am to 12 pm daily, continuing to serve up fresh, scratch-made artisanal baked goods, stuffed breakfast croissants, bagels, and other breakfast items.

For more information on the new restaurant and possible changes that could come for Rosemary & Thyme, see our original February 1st story – Owners of Rosemary & Thyme opening second restaurant in Newport

Rosemary & Thyme is located at 382 Spring Street in Newport. Rustica Kitchen is located at 404 Thames Street in Newport.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).