Fresh Newport eatery has Jamestown connection
Everyday Gourmet is owned and managed by Peter Liberati and Jared Furtado. The two young men grew up in Jamestown and were high school buddies. They graduated from North Kingstown High School in 2001.
Peter went off to college, earning his degree from Temple University. But he really wanted to be a chef so he decided to continue his education at Johnson & Wales. He studied as a chef in Italy and worked as a chef in Colorado and Providence.
Jared chose the business world after high school and established an executive recruiting company in partnership with his brother.
Peter and Jared teamed up to launch Everyday Gourmet this past October when Jared found the building for rent at the lower end of Thames Street in Newport.
The duo said the young restaurant had a good winter, a time when most area restaurants struggle - especially a new venture. "We've focused on the neighborhood and the local crowd," Jared said. "The business has steadily increased and the catering jobs have helped."
Both Peter and Jared live in the neighborhood themselves. Peter created the restaurant's menu.
Running a restaurant has been a learning experience as the two have had to deal with all the aspects of business from staffing to cu stomer service. "You do what needs to be done," Jared said. "I've washed dishes when needed."
As the business expanded they recruited Bryan Dolan to serve as head chef.
The young restauranteurs landed a major catering job during the winter serving breakfast and lunch to the cast and crew of the movie "The Clique," which was filming in Rhode Island.
Everyday Gourmet can be found at 677 Thames St. In fact, it is the last restaurant on lower Thames. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week.
Seating is limited, so if you are planning on dinner it's best to call ahead. The telephone number is 619-1580.
While interviewing the young entrepreneurs, I was served Seared Sea Scallops presented on a mushroom risotto, sauteed spinach and red pepper couli. It was excellent.
My wife and I returned on Sunday morning for breakfast. I had a Greek Omelet and she ordered Portobello mushroom stuffed with eggs, spinach and goat cheese.
I highly recommend giving Everyday Gourmet a try when you are in Newport.
- Jeff McDonough