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Ivy Tavern open? - Providence

Jenkins May 9, 2012 06:05 AM

The Ivy closed for "renovations" a couple weeks ago but whenever I went by there did not appear to be anything being done to it. I called yesterday and their number was disconnected. Does anyone know what is up?

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    Jennifer Luxmoore May 13, 2012 09:03 AM

    Someone told me that the owner "was given an offer he couldn't refuse" so he sold the place. Not sure to who, or why, or what they're planning on doing to it. Hopefully not much, but it was always a busy place, I'm confused why it's been shut for so long.

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    1. re: Jennifer Luxmoore
      Jenkins May 15, 2012 05:53 AM

      Interesting. I also heard a rumor it was sold and the new owner was apparently keeping it the same but might be having problems transferring the liquor license. Considering the amount of money lost each week it is closed that sounds kinda crazy.

      1. re: Jenkins
        Jenkins Jun 4, 2012 12:08 PM

        Saw on the RI Health Inspections website that Dongwoon Lee bought the Ivy in mid April but failed a re-open inspection on May 1.

        1. re: Jenkins
          Garris Jun 4, 2012 02:51 PM

          Thanks for making me aware of that website. For those interested, it's at: http://food.ri.digitalhealthdepartmen...

          I wish all department would move to the letter like grade system (A, B, C, etc) displayed in NYC restaurants.

          1. re: Garris
            Jennifer Luxmoore Jun 6, 2012 01:42 PM

            Sounds like a lot of small things, that should have been caught if the new owner walked thru and did a full cleaning. No soap by the handsink? Debris on the meat slicer... etc.

            1. re: Jennifer Luxmoore
              Jenkins Jun 11, 2012 09:20 AM

              Good news - Ivy is open once again. Went Friday and it was packed. Everything was as good as ever.

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