Photo of Salvation Cafe. Via Salvation Cafe.

Due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) and following the Governor announcing that Rhode Islanders should not visit restaurants, malls, or get food delivery, many restaurants are making the difficult decision to close.

UPDATE: March 16th – Effective tomorrow (March 17th) thru March 30th, all dine-in food/beverage services at all restaurants, bars, cafes are to be shut down. Drive-thru and take-out can remain open. The Governor says that in two weeks that she’ll revisit the issue and decide whether that directive should continue or if she’ll need to ban take-out, too.

We’ll try to keep up who has closed here;

Lucia Italian Restaurant – Starting today (March 17th) we will be closed until March 30. 

Sardealla’s Italian Restaurant and Imbriglio’s Pizzaria: After struggling with this decision, we are going to temporarily close Sardella’s Restaurant and Imbriglio’s Pizzaria.

Pour Judgment has closed for a “few weeks”.

Flo’s Clam Shack: Well it was a great 2 weeks! Looking forward to seeing everyone in another 2 weeks. Stay healthy folks. Time for some social distancing.

Speakeasy: To all our valued customers, tonight starting at 5:30 pm, we will be open for take out only. You can choose from our entire menu; yes this even includes our infamous cheese plate…After tonight, we will be closing with the others. Stay healthy, we can’t wait to see you again!!

The Newport Restaurant Group closed all its restaurants in R.I. and MA at the end of dinner on March 15th. Castle Hill Hotel will remain open for guests but public dining is closed. Paul O’Reilly, CEO announced the closing to all employee owners via a video on the company’s in-house blog. The closing is indefinite in duration depending on government guidelines and the progress in containing the virus.

Parlor Bar & Kitchen will remain closed until further notice.

Yagi Noodles: In effort to assist with the wellbeing of our community we will be closing tomorrow (March 16th) until it is safe to re-open. Tonight we will be offering our full menu – take out only – until 10pm. To help minimize the amount of food loss we are offering 30% off your entire bill. Give us a call at 401-324–5669. For those that do not know, we will be staying at 580 Thames street and gaining a neighbor, Vieste! We are very excited to continue our adventure here in the fifth ward and excited to see what new things bring this summer here at Wellington Plaza! It has definitely been an interesting run for a pop up to say the least.. but our spirits are high and hopeful! We look forward to seeing everyone healthily get through this period and cannot wait for summer to begin!

Jo’s American Bistro is temporarily closed and will reopen March 23, pending the circumstances at hand.

The Reef closes on March 15th for two weeks.

Midtown Oyster Bar, Surf Club to close for two weeks

Zeldas will be closing for a week starting March 16th and they will re-evaluate the situation after a week.

Salvation Cafe – We will be closing tonight and playing it by ear daily & weekly to see when it makes sense for us to start up again and for you to come back and celebrate at Salvation

Caleb & Broad – Closing after dinner service on March 15th until further notice.

Peaceable Market will be closed this week March 14-22. We will update everyone when we know more information. Thank you and stay healthy!

O’brien’s Pub – Due to current health and safety situations regarding COVID-19, we will unfortunately be closing today (Sunday, March 15th) at 6pm, and we will remain closed for 2 weeks. We’ll keep you updated throughout this time if anything changes. Stay healthy and safe! #FollowMeToOBs

Fifth Element – “Come down and get your Element salad, Poutine, Margherita pizza, sticky toffee pudding or any of your favorite fifth dishes tonight. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic tonight will be our last night. We are addressing the situation almost hourly but it seems clear to us that our industry is now on a collision course with closures imminent. Rest assured this will not be easy on anyone. Be safe, wash your hands and we will see you on the other side of this. Lots of love from all of us at the Fifth Element”.

Newport County restaurants offering take-out & delivery

Jazz at Johnny’s | March 13th

Johnny’s has suspended music until after Easter.

Perro Salado cancels entertainment | March 12

Perro Salado tells us that they have canceled all live music effective immediately until April. They will reassess then. Meanwhile they are open normal business hours and will be open this Saturday 11am-8pm, “same menu all day with the fan favorites and some specials”.

Ryan Belmore is the 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.