It’s true; Brick Alley Pub is closed…for a whole week. I know; for a lot of people, a week without BAP’s burgers, stellar salad bar and super service is hard to fathom. Never fear, the iconic Thames Street eatery will be back in service, post-face lift, by this weekend (Feb. 12th). In the meantime, it’s time to get your cedar-plank salmon, bamboo basket, and pad Thai on before Salvation Café goes on a 6-week hiatus for renovations. In years past, the eclectic Broadway hot spot has closed for mid-winter spruce up for a short respite—never quite this long. I stopped by Friday night (when it was jumping!) and got the skinny–it seems some minor construction is in the works in addition to some design changes, so I can’t wait to see what Salvation brings. Right now the Café is serving a special Snow Days Menu featuring Marseilles Bouillabaisse, a spicy tomato lobster broth with mussels, shrimp, salmon and garlic croutons, plus a handful of specialty cocktails (has anyone tried their Nor’Easter: Old Crow Bourbon with ginger beer, lime juice and maple syrup??) CLICK HERE for a preview on their special 4-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu before their close the doors through the end of March, and don’t forget your jug of Salvation’s signature sangria.
Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street, Newport, 849-6334, brickalley.com
Salvation Cafe, 40 Broadway Newport, 847-2620, salvationcafe.com