Your February Food News

Gurney's themed igloos, Lil' Bear Sports Pub gets a menu revamp, Palmer River Grille to open in Warren


Inside Gurney's magical winter igloos

Goat Island’s summer hotspot Gurney’s Newport keeps things cool year-round with intriguing winter amenities, including a picturesque skating rink and iridescent igloos which overlook the Narragansett Bay (open until February 29). Cozy up in one of the themed spherical sanctuaries – decked out as a winter wonderland, tropical oasis, or fortune-teller – where you can order light bites, charcuterie, and raw bar items, plus sip on a $22 signature cocktail to match. Try The Strawberry Jungle Bird (light and dark rum, Campari, strawberries, pineapple,lime) if you’re sitting in the summer-themed escape. Or, push the boundaries and sample The Oracle (pea tendril gin, green chartreuse, luxardo, lime, lavender, bubble smoke) inside the astrological-themed igloo, complete with crystal ball, quartz, candles, and tarot cards. A $25 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters will save you a seat that includes access to a special menu from on resort restaurant Scarpetta. Bookings are available by emailing

-Gina Mastrostefano

-Gina Mastrostefano

After nearly four decades of being in business, Lil’ Bear Sports Pub in Tiverton was left in the paws of the original owner “Huck’s” family, including daughter Cheryl and granddaughter Audrey. Some things never change – like the hometown feel, use of local ingredients, and 80-year-old Huck who can still be found each morning putting his fair share of work into the pub. However, the family business recently welcomed an exciting update to the menu.

Lil’ Bear is preparing fan favorites with a new style, elevating their classic gastropub fare. French fries have been upgraded to poutine with gravy and cheese curds. A turkey sandwich is now a turkey cheddar apple melt with bourbon dijon sauce. Other intriguing menu items include a Chickpea Quesadilla, Chourico Mac & Cheese, and Tex Mex Blackened Shrimp Bowl. -Gina Mastrostefano

Country Inn was a staple of Warren. But when it closed abruptly in November of 2018, Warrenites were left dumbfounded and wondering what would take its place.

Enter Palmer River Grille. It’s the newest restaurant from the Gorman family, which has been running Sakonnet River Grille since 1998 and Four Corners Grille in Tiverton since 2015. While the Country Inn was known for its Italian-leaning menu, with dishes like veal parmesan and chicken sorrentina, Palmer River Grille will be serving burgers, wraps, sandwiches, salads, and more, plus cocktails, mixed drinks, beer, and wine. The Gormans will also focus on serving Rhode Island seafood favorites.

The Gormans describe their new restaurant as “a picturesque place to order lunch or dinner while enjoying the beauty of our town and the Palmer River.” The Palmer River Grille will open early this year.  -Chuck Staton


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