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Food truck nights may be coming to South Kingstown

July 10, 2013

The idea of bringing the popular Narragansett food truck nights to South Kingstown was discussed during Monday’s town council meeting.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The popular food truck nights held twice weekly in Narragansett could soon be coming to South Kingstown.
South Kingstown Town Council Vice President Carol Hagan McEntee requested at the council meeting Monday that Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred look into the feasibility of holding weekly spring and summer food truck nights at the South Kingstown Town Beach and/or Marina Park.

“I have noticed and participated in the food truck nights at the Narragansett Pier,” McEntee said. “It seems to have a good following and is an enjoyable night by everyone who attends.”
McEntee said she spoke with several food truck owners about the possibility of attending food truck nights in South Kingstown. She said those she spoke with were interested in the idea and would certainly attend.
McEntee also suggested having the trucks park outside an Ocean State Waves game at Old Mountain Field, but that is a separate issue of discussion.
Other councilors agreed that food truck nights in South Kingstown would be great for the town.
“I think this is an incredibly valuable asset to the town,” Councilor Jim O’Neill said of Marina Park. “The entertainment, the farmer’s market, there’s a combination here that I think can work beautifully.”
O’Neill said he hoped to hear back from Alfred soon about the possibility of beginning truck nights so the trucks would have an opportunity to come to the town before the end of the summer.
Councilor Meg Healy said many of the truck owners also own or are involved in businesses in South Kingstown so having the truck nights would be another way to support local businesses.
All in agreement, the councilors referred the suggestion to Alfred to determine whether the food truck nights can be held in South Kingstown. The discussion will be resumed at a future council meeting.
In other council business, the council granted four licenses to new businesses in South Kingstown.
The council granted a holiday sales license to Thrifty Sister, 1183 Kingstown Road, a women’s consignment shop located in the unit previously occupied by DiVozzi Italian Bakery.
The shop’s owner, Therese Martin, appeared before the council and said her shop was previously located in Charlestown for three years but she closed that location to open the Peace Dale store.
Martin said she moved all her inventory, including clothing, jewelry, retro and vintage home goods to Peace Dale and is currently open for business Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The council also granted a holiday sales license to Abby’s Attic, a new boutique owned by Abigail Jefferson. Jefferson said the store is located at 254 Robinson St., Unit 103, next to Smooth Booty Café in Wakefield. Jefferson said she plans to sell clothing, shoes, both new and old jewelry and vintage artifacts. Abby’s Attic is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the summer and from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the winter.
The council approved a resolution granting a holiday sales license to Rhode Island Glass Shop, located at 402 Main St. The shop is the rear of two units, previously the fish market and later Woodhouse Fire ‘n’ Coal Pizza. The front unit will be Sa-Tang Restaurant, which will serve Thai food.
Christopher Gay, who owns the glass shop, said he also owns two Kingston Pizza locations in Richmond and Middletown. Gay said the shop, which carries local art, wall art and hand blown glass, will be opening in a couple days and the hours of operation will be seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The front unit, 402A Main St., will be Sa-Tang Restaurant, as previously mentioned. The restaurant has been recently renovated and will be run by Nina Conklin, who has 10 years of experience in similar restaurants, and her husband. The restaurant recently received approval from the Department of Health and the fire department and will soon be open for business Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In other council business, Council President Ella Whaley noted that the Coastal Resources Management Council hearing on experimental coastal erosion control measures, which was postponed last month, will likely be resumed July 17 at 6 p.m.

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