LoBro Taco, which is owned by Scratch Kitchen & Catering, announced on Wednesday that they have closed.

The restaurant , which opened in December, posted the following on Facebook;

“The dream is over, friends.

We are sad to announce that LoBro Taco is no more. We gave it our best, but we ran out of time and money before we gained the traction to continue. We would like to extend a huge thank you to our supporters who got behind us from the word go.

Not to despair, we will be offering a limited selection of your LoBro favorites at Scratch Kitchen & Catering (just a few doors down) where we look forward to serving you for many years to come. We will be revising the menu within the next week or so. Keep your eyes peeled, as we’ll be apprising y’all of the new rollout here and on scratchnewport.com.

Thank you all! It has been our privilege to serve you. See you at Scratch!


-Team Scratch”

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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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.

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