New Rivers

New Rivers in Providence, RI

Buy Local RI partner • USDA Certified Organic • fair-trade • sustainable seafood

9 Steeple St
Providence, RI 02903

1 miles from Providence, RI 02903

(401) 751-0350


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A bit about New Rivers
New Rivers was founded in the spring of 1990 by Bruce and his late wife Pat Tillinghast in the original 1793 warehouse built for iron merchants Congdon and Carpenter. Named after the river rerouting project that jumpstarted Providence's renaissance, New Rivers has been and continues to be a forerunner in locally sourced and thoughtfully prepared food as well as its much lauded friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive service.

Bruce, a Rhody native, studied graphic design at RISD, worked as a waiter captain in Tahoe, and taught art in the Providence public schools before enrolling with Pat, at Madeleine Kamman's famed Newton, MA culinary program. It was there that Bruce and Pat learned the essentials to opening and running a successful restaurant, honed their cooking skills, and developed their palettes.

Fast forward to today where New Rivers, fresh off a major expansion and facelift, continues to delight customers with its straight forward cuisine, thoughtfully curated wine and beer list, and charming ambience. The expansion provided not only new and expanded seating, a handsome new bar, and a private dining space on the second floor, but also an opportunity for Bruce and Beau to celebrate another love: historical preservation. In the new space diners will see a new bar crafted in part from timber reclaimed from the building, crafted into new details that celebrate the building's long and rich history. Original wide plank wood floors were uncovered, refurbished, and provide guests a glimpse into the past when iron fabricating machines bustled during Providence's golden age of the industrial revolution. The facade of the building has also been painstakingly designed to mimic the original storefronts of almost a century ago. It is these details that make New Rivers quintessentially Providence.

—Bruce Tillinghast, Owner

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