The newest build-your-own food biz in town is all about high-quality, fresh ingredients, and they’re excited for you to try their signature spicy Bomb Sauce on anything and everything. Bomb Burritos & Bowls opened their doors last month in Westerly, and owner Chad Bauerle ranks workplace satisfaction among the top of their goals. “We have high expectations of everyone we employ, and believe that they deserve to be treated well,” says Bauerle. “From our benefits package, to the day-to-day culture that we try to instill, all of our decisions are made with the happiness and well-being of our staff at the forefront.”
Load a 14-inch tortilla or bowl with fresh veggies and protein (think fall-apart shredded beef and even vegan chorizo), topped with sauces anSd extras. “We offer plenty of bright, fresh ingredients you may not be able to find at similar concepts in the area: fresh cucumbers, house-pickled fresno chilis, and our personal favorite, Roasty Boiz,” says Bauerle, describing garlic cloves roasted in kosher salt and avocado oil. “Needless to say, we are having a blast in the kitchen!”
The Narragansett Cafe – a Jamestown staple that has long drawn crowds (pre-COVID, of course) with live music and dancing, pool tables, classic cocktails, and a menu of American comfort food – went up for sale this past winter by John Recca, owner since 2007, but the restaurant dates back 20 years prior. Now, new owners Cecelia Verta and Joe Colon are taking the helm to carry on the ‘Ganny’s decades-old legacy.
“Our plan is to keep the Narragansett Cafe essentially the same,” says Verta, and while live bands are on hold for the time being due to COVID restrictions, music and trivia will return when the time is right. Once that happens, Verta explains, “We will be taking the opportunity to use the outdoor space again and with the tents that the Chamber arranged for, it should be a comfortable venue.” In the meantime, indoor dining is an option. Watch for a few new specials in addition to the menu locals know and love.
From beneath their tents and with heaters blazing, the South County Winter Farmers Market set up shop on The Lazy K Ranch this past season to fill a need in the community. “Due to COVID, no other farmers markets in South County took place,” explains ranch owner Alan Kinsley, “so we started this farmers market to help keep us and 10 other small local farms and businesses open through this past winter.” Vendors like Delicious Deli from Cranston, Lovewell Farms from Richmond, North Kingstown-based Mariska’s Confections, South County Herbals, and other food businesses flocked the market, along with a booth featuring locally sourced produce, meats, and cheeses.
Now Kinsley looks forward to carrying it on through the spring. Beginning this month, the Saturday market will move to Fridays from 3:30-7:30pm, with several new vendors joining their ranks. The summer season also brings food trucks, live music, and more opportunities than ever to eat local.