The rumors aren’t true, Newport Blues Cafe isn’t permanently closing, becoming a hotel, becoming a restaurant, being changed into a store, or anything else you recently heard.

After 13 years, Brian Foley, who owns the building, has decided to take over operations of the business from Kate and Jim Quinn, Foley will continue to run it as Newport Blues Cafe.

Bar Manager Courtney Sullivan and other staff plan to stick around and retain their jobs..

The Newport Blues Cafe will temporarily close at the end of March for several weeks for renovations and updates.

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).