By Elizabeth F. McNamara
No fooling: The Revival officially opens for business Monday, after a party for friends and family Sunday evening. The restaurant, at 219 Main St., features bistro fare with an emphasis on local ingredients. It is the second “Revival” – the original is located on the other side of Narragansett Bay, in Warren.
According to Peter Lowre, who owns both outposts along with chef Keegan Dunson, the two restaurants are very similar. One of the signature offerings at The Revival? More than 75 different types of bourbon. The menu offers everything from pizzas and burgers to osso bucco and Porterhouse lamb.
The space was retrofitted as a restaurant by the owners of Rocco’s, which closed after a brief run last year. For many years before that, it was home to The Chocolate Delicacy candy store (now in Warwick). The Revival will be open for dinner seven days a week. The phone number is (401) 336-3747.
Meanwhile, just up the street, Tavern on Main EG is looking to open in early May. The site was the longtime home of the Grille on Main, which closed last year. Like The Revival, the Tavern on Main is the second iteration of an original, this one in Wakefield. Owner Chris D’Agostino said renovations at the 50 Main Street site will wrap up in a few weeks. While a lot of work has been done, he said Grille fans won’t find the space too altered.