Rhody Gem: Middletown Owners of Mission Burger Restaurant Open a Kitchen Shop Next Door

November 2023

What it is:

A family-run shop curating goods for both chefs and hosts.


Where to find it:

Along Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, next door to Mission. If you see Flo’s Clam Shack, you’ve gone too far.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Utility was created by Anna and Tyler Burnley and Chad Hoffer, the creative minds behind Mission and Thames Street Kitchen (TSK). Its aim is to be “the perfect marriage between back of house and front of house,” says Anna. A bright space filled with clean lines and colorful gadgets, it’s like walking into the Museum of Modern Art for cooking enthusiasts: kitchen tools, cookware, and knives meet pantry items, host gifts, and homewares. The store aims to be an “anti-Amazon filter,” with the owners spending over a year vetting and sourcing wares from only independent brands. This holiday season, stop by the store for some must-have gifts for chefs and hosts, like a cookbook dedicated to pies from every state, and their knife-sharpening service so you can cut your turkey dinner (or other fancy meats) with ease. 



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