New restaurants coming to Warren's Main Street

Former Aruba Steve's, Subway planned for new eateries

By Ted Hayes
Posted 6/18/19

The former Aruba Steve’s may be long gone, but the restaurant at 520 Main St. that closed three and a half years ago may soon be replaced by another. Such is the case for the former Subway …

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New restaurants coming to Warren's Main Street

Former Aruba Steve's, Subway planned for new eateries

Posted

The former Aruba Steve’s may be long gone, but the restaurant at 520 Main St. that closed three and a half years ago may soon be replaced by another. Such is the case for the former Subway sandwich shop across the street, which has been vacant for most of the year.

A realtor for Steve Correa, who opened Aruba Steve’s in early 2015 only to close it later that year, is poised to open a new eatery in the space, realtor Jamison Souza, of Keller Williams, said Monday. Details are still being worked out, but the restaurant could be open in several months, he said. Mr. Correa could not be reached to comment further on the type of restaurant planned for the space.

The large building at the corner of Main and Croade streets, which formerly housed the India restaurant, is still listed for sale at $850,000.

Rhody Roots
Rhody Roots, run out of 509-511 Main St., by husband and wife team Luis Cruz and Cassie Brimmer, will offer farm to table menu items, gluten-free and vegan options, and occasional “pop up” sushi nights. It’s the first brick and mortar restaurant for the couple, who currently operate a similarly-themed food truck out of Tiverton.

“We would like to join the town” and its thriving food culture, Mr. Cruz told the Warren Town Council last week before members unanimously approved his request for a victualing license.

“The food industry in Rhode Island is amazing,” the John son and Wales graduate said. “And it’s always been my dream to open a restaurant.”
Though there will be a wide variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, Mr. Cruz said Friday that the menu will also include chicken, pork, beef, fish and other options. It’s a hold-over from when the couple opened their Rhody Roots food truck, he said:

“When we started the food truck, we thought of having gluten-free and vegan options because there weren’t many trucks other there who had those options.”

Mr. Cruz said he loves his career as a chef and small business owner, and spoke proudly of his past experience, including cooking for a charity fund-raiser in Newport two years ago attended by Barack Obama.
Tickets to that event were $36,000 per person, but he said his prices will be more reasonable at the restaurant:

“Oh yeah,” he said. “This is going to be a friendly family atmosphere. It will be reasonable.”

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