Small plates and an unpretentious vibe shine at The Revival
By Grace Lentini
When a new restaurant pops up in the Bay, it’s safe to say it opened in Warren. This is true of The Revival Craft Kitchen and Bar, the newest restaurant off of Water Street. Just across the street from The Square Peg and a few blocks from Bywater, The Revival takes over the spot previously occupied by Stella Blues. The atmosphere now? “Unpretentious, inviting, warm and comfortable,” says owner Peter Lowdre. “We offer a lot of small plates so people can eat as they feel. Dine in, dine outside, dine at the bar. What works for you works for us.”
It’s only fitting that The Revival chose Warren to open up shop. After countless debates and a lot of soul searching, they decided on the name The Revival for three reasons. “The first was that the property, which had been neglected for some time, was in need of a revival,” Peter explains. “The second was that we felt the area is undergoing a revival of its own. Third, and most important, was that we all felt we needed to revive our careers.”
Peter and his business partners have made a commitment to support local, small businesses to the best of their ability. This is evident in their menu, where they emphasize farm-to-table and source products on a daily basis from places like Fed-Rick Veal, Baffoni’s Poultry, Mello’s Produce, Newport Specialty and Fisher Farms.
As far as must-try items, Peter raves about the Jumbo Lump Crab and Avocado Salad with jumbo lump crab, avocado, mango, cashews and pappadew pepper relish served with homemade blue corn tortilla chips. He also insists the pizza is another must-try, specifically the Hot Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe that sits on a garlic cream sauce with cherry peppers. The dough is cooked on the grill, covered with toppings and then finished in the oven.
Most of all, he’s committed to Warren. “From the onset, everyone we came in contact with have been nothing short of supportive and inviting,” he says. “People here are genuine and hardworking. We feel very connected to that.”
The Revival Craft Kitchen and Bar
50 Miller Street, Warren