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Proposed Downtown Warren Bar, Grill Clears Another Hurdle

Aruba Steve's owner gets liquor, entertainment licenses from Warren Town Council even with sale of former India restaurant building still to be finalized.

Proposed site of Caribbean restaurant in Warren. Credit: W.Rupp
Proposed site of Caribbean restaurant in Warren. Credit: W.Rupp

Another hurdle was cleared Tuesday night, Dec. 10, by the proposed restaurateur who wants to bring Caribbean food, cocktails and music to downtown Warren.

The Town Council approved unanimously the issuing of liquor and entertainment licenses to Steve Correa, who want to open a second Aruba Steve’s Island Bar and Grill at 520 Main St. next to Town Hall. 

The site is the former India restaurant. Correa operates a bar and grill by the same name on Dorrance Street in downtown Providence.

The Town Council previously gave Correa a victualing license on Nov. 12. Everything is contingent, of course, said his attorney, on the closing of the sale of the property, which has been vacant for several years. 

Correa told the council that he plans to serve bar and grill-type food for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Entertainment will be "appropriate for the neighborhood," said his attorney. "Acoustic primarily."

Correa also has operated several restaurants on Aruba, including Smokey Joe’s. His website describes his Providence restaurant as providing “a real taste for the tropics.”

"It never rains in Aruba and it never rains at Aruba Steve's," says Correa on his website. "At Aruba Steve's, we feature Caribbean cocktails as well as the best Mojitos in Providence. Our finger-food specialties include Fish Tacos, Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken Pizza, Jamaican Jerk Chicken Skewers and the heaping 'Nat cho av'rage Nachos'."

Aruba Steve's has live music three times a week, Trivia night on Mondays and Acoustic Karaoke on Tuesdays, according to the website.  

Mike M December 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I think this is a great idea! Great job by the town by giving him what he needs to open it, so quickly!! This great property has been empty way to long! I am so happy someone is investing in it finally! This place has a ton of potential and I love the nice outdoor area right in downtown Warren!

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