Nothing is finalized, but sale of Trattoria is in closing stages
While nothing is official, sources say that the wheels are in motion for the sale of Trattoria Simpatico from longtime owner Phyllis Bedard to Newport resident Ben Brayton. If everything goes as expected, the papers should be signed Nov. 1.
Attorney John Murphy of Morneau & Murphy confirmed that Brayton and Bedard are beyond negotiations and are only waiting on formalities. “Our client, Ben Brayton of Newport, looks forward to soon closing his purchase of the venerable and much loved Jamestown restaurant,” Murphy said.
According to the attorney, both the real property and business assets would be included in the deal.
While it’s been gossiped around town for the last month or so that the Trat was in the process of being sold, details on the sale weren’t made available. A regular of Trattoria told the Press that he stopped by the restaurant last week for a drink and noticed that it had the feel and look of a place that doesn’t plan to be open for much longer.
“People that are usually at my side of the bar were on the other side of the bar and working, and I didn’t notice any of the regular employees,” he said. “And I saw hot dogs being served.”
Hot dogs are a far cry from the pan-seared duck and George’s Bank scallops typically served at the fine-dine establishment, he said.
If the sale is finalized, Brayton has plans to close the restaurant to make renovations. He plans to upgrade the facilities to make the older building more efficient.