A bit of Aruba may soon be headed to Warren, by way of India.
The Warren Town Council Tuesday night approved a liquor license for Aruba Steve’s, a restaurant that Providence resident Steve Correa plans to open in the old India restaurant on Main Street.
Mr. Correa signed a purchase agreement for the old building several months ago, but told the council that the deal was contingent on his obtaining a license.
Mr. Correa, who grew up in Aruba and owns a small Aruba Steve’s in Providence, told the council that he plans to have live entertainment, though both he and his attorney, Josh Celeste, said it would be “appropriate for the neighborhood.”
“Nothing more than a single person, an acoustic guitar, that kind of thing,” Mr. Celeste told the council.
He plans on serving Caribbean food, jerk recipes, seafood and traditional fare — Mr. Celeste referred to it as “bar and gril.” Mr. Correa said he will be open daily for lunch and dinner, and even after full dinner stopped being served, he would keep a limited menu until last call.
The old India has been closed for three years. It is owned by SRC Singh LLC in Barrington, and the most recent list price available was $849,000.
In other restaurant news, Parker Mills and 426 Fitness owner Mark Lombari got council permission Tuesday night to install a smoothie and juice bar in his health club. He told council members he already has the state papwerwork he needs, and just needed the council’s OK. Councilors approved his request 5-0.