One of the most common things Scales & Shells says that they have heard over the last 30 years is, “We wish Scales was open during the day.”

Well, they’ve heard you loud and clear, and the popular Lower Thames Street restaurant has announced that starting May 4th, Scales & Shells will be offering brunch on Saturdays & Sundays in 1/2 Shell, their Oyster Room, and outside along their Sidewalk Café.

Their brunch menu features the top-quality seafood Scales & Shells is known for, along with a fresh take on breakfast staples, like the Scales Breakfast Sandwich, with havarti, arugula, crispy prosciutto and fried egg on a brioche bun, and our signature Bloody Mary, rimmed with Newport Sea Salt’s Butcher’s Blend & topped with celery foam.

In celebration of the launch, Scales & Shells invited What’sUpNewp for Brunch Preview on Sunday. Have a look at what’s coming your way for brunch below;

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.