Newport Restaurant Week, March 25 – April 3, 2011

by David Dadekian

Newport Restaurant Week, March 25 - April 3

Newport Restaurant Week returns on Friday and it’s grown quite a bit more than it’s name covers. There are over 40 restaurants participating from not only Newport County, but also Bristol County. On top of the large region, the “week” is going for ten days, encompassing two full weekends for dining out at great prices. A three-course lunch is $16 and three-course dinners are $30. There are a lot of excellent restaurants on the list including one of the best in the area, Persimmon. eat drink RI contacted Persimmon for their take on the dining event:

“It’s a great opportunity to introduce folks to Persimmon, and it’s also a nice treat for regulars. We always try to push the envelope a bit in terms of the Restaurant Week menu (past the proverbial green salad) and really have fun with it! We like to look at it as a window to showcase what we do night in and night out: source the best possible ingredients and serve incredibly personal, technique driven food.”

In addition to the three-course prix fixe meals there are a number of events listed on the Newport Restaurant Week site, along with further comments from chefs and restaurateurs. Chef Rizwan Ahmed of Hourglass Brasserie in Bristol said, “This is a really great opportunity for us to showcase our menu and food.” From Tucker Harris, owner of Tucker’s Bistro in Newport, “It’s a great way to get people to come who haven’t been here before. Our chef, Richard Allaire, creates a really nice menu at a really nice price.”

For a complete list of restaurants, menus, events and accommodation packages, please see

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