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NEWPORT CITY â€“ There soon will be a new restaurant and pub downtown.
Laurie Staples, owner of Staples Family LLC, will open The Crews Nest next month. It will be located at the former Griffâ€™s Pub.Â
The restaurant and pub will have a seating capacity of 52 to 56. It will serve lunch and early bird dinners and have a pub atmosphere in the evenings.
Staples predicts the pub will have a wide customer base including the 20- and 30-year-olds who want to enjoy a drink and some entertainment, such as sports on large screen TVs and possibly music.Â
â€śWhat I picture is being able to do a crossover of both,â€ť said Staples. â€śYouâ€™re going to have your lunch and early evening supper crowd. Then youâ€™ll have a little bit of turnover where people can come, enjoy themselves and drink responsibly.â€ť
There will be a pool table and dart lanes, but the pub will not have live music out of respect for the residents of the neighboring senior housing.
â€śWe would like to be as family oriented as we can,â€ť said Staples. She said other family members own Roasterâ€™s CafĂ© and Deli in Derby.
â€śWe will actually be serving some of their desserts by signature on our menu.â€ť
Staples husband, Ryan, will manage The Crews Nest.
â€śWe think we will do well,â€ť said Staples, who noted that few placesÂ have the type of atmosphere the business will offer.
Staples envisions the pub will be a â€śCheersâ€ť type establishment, â€śWhere you can come in andÂ meet people know you.â€ť
As a security measure, Staples will install a camera focused on the municipal parking lot. The pub will also have a door attendant to check identification on busy evenings. Staples is working with an individual who might be a designated driver. Staples will do in-house training on necessary topics including sexual harassment, alcohol regulations and Department of Labor laws.