Recently renovated and under new ownership, Del’s Depot not only carries on the tradition of one of Rhode Island’s most beloved summertime beverages but also pays homage to its Warren location’s roots. The former train depot is now a popular stop on the well-traversed East Bay Bike Path and mere steps from the town’s many eateries.
“We are four friends, family really, who stumbled upon the opportunity to be a part of this timeless and beloved RI frozen treat,” says
co-owner Aliya Johnson. With backgrounds in interior design, the group purchased the Del’s spot from former long-time owner Marsha Matteson and gave the space a facelift, inside and out. New touches like patterned wallpaper complement classic details – like the stacks of green-and-yellow cups – sure to solicit joy. “It was important for us to respect the age of the building and bring back some life to a once dreary building.”
Along with lemon, expect a full line of Del’s flavors, including watermelon, blood orange, peach mango, and blueberry, plus bottled beverages including juices and sparkling drinks. For dedicated Del’s fans, the shelves are stocked with must-have merch. Johnson also looks forward to hosting events, such as paint nights, crafting sessions for kids, live music shows, and collabs with other business owners.
“Our hope and vision are very much the same as any project we have worked on in the past – whether it was together or separately – to create a safe place for all walks of life to gather, to be a positive impact within the community, and to support other local artists, musicians, and businesses,” shares Johnson. 65 Child Street, Warren, @dels.depot
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