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.

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