Woonsocket Call

You’re gonna love ‘Mama’s Meat­loaf’ ...and more

New down­town eatery, The Red Brick Grill, to of­fer plenty of com­fort foods on the menu

- By RUSS OLIVO ro­livo@woonsock­et­call.com Food · Recreation · Restaurants · Dining Out · Meat Loaf · Iceland · Austria · Kobe Bryant · Belgium · Louisiana · Belarus · Kansas City · Narragansett Brewing Company

WOONSOCKET — If you grew up French-Cana­dian, they’re the dishes your mom made for din­ner, but now Eva Lanoue is hop­ing you’ll try them at her new down­town restau­rant.

The Red Brick Grill, 83 Main St. – home of the old Vino’s Bistro – is set to open its doors for the first time on June 23, says Lanoue, a pas­sion­ate home cook who learned the old-fash­ioned way: from fam­ily mem­bers.

“My hus­band’s late grand­mother taught me how to cook every­thing be­fore she passed away and she gave me all her recipes,” she says. And so shep­herd’s pie, home­made meat pies and “Mama’s Meat­loaf” will be among the items to be found on the menu of The Red Brick Grill – a spot that aims to serve din­ner for two for around $20 – maybe $25 with drinks, says Lanoue. The plan is to dish up tra­di­tional com­fort food at rea­son­able prices, with live mu­si­cal per­for­mances fea­tur­ing lo­cal tal­ent on the week­ends. A Nar­ra­gansett na­tive who pre­vi­ously lived in Louisiana be­fore mov­ing to the city about seven years ago, Lanoue has never run a restau­rant be­fore – far from it. Her most re­cent job was sell­ing Kirby vac­uum clean­ers doorto-door, which is how she met her hus­band, Michael Lanoue – still a Kirby man. Not so long ago, her hus­band asked her what she’d re­ally like to do for a liv­ing and she told him: open a restau­rant. He told her to go for it, and the two be­gan look­ing for a lo­ca­tion. “I love to cook,” she says. “I was al­ways around cook­ing. And when I cook, I don’t just cook for one or two peo­ple. It’s al­ways for a mass.” Though she’s a rel­a­tive new­comer to the city, Lanoue is charmed by Main Street’s quaint, his­tor­i­cal feel and she’s pleased to be­come a stake­holder in what she views as a highly un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated cor­ner of Lit­tle Rhody. If The Red Brick Grill can draw in a few outof-town­ers to see what she sees – and en­joy a home­cooked meal at the same time – well, that would suit her just fine. “It’s an awe­some city,” she says. “And I love it.” For the last sev­eral weeks, re­mod­el­ing con­trac­tors have been at work in­side 83 Main St., chang­ing the look of the old Vino’s from top to bot­tom. They’ve in­stalled a kitchen, floors and built a new bar for The Red Brick Grill, whose ap­pli­ca­tion for a full-priv­i­lege liquor li­cense is pend­ing. “We’ve re­painted, put in new floors, new sid­ing – it looks a lot dif­fer­ent than it did when we got in there,” says Lanoue. She’s still putting a few fin­ish­ing touches on the in­te­rior to give the restau­rant a look wor­thy of its motto, “We may not be re­lated, but you’re fam­ily to us.” In ad­di­tion to the old French-Cana­dian fa­vorites, the menu will fea­ture an as­sort­ment of ap­pe­tiz­ers, in­clud­ing “Fire­cracker Chicken Meat­balls” (an orig­i­nal Lanoue recipe, $7.85) and fried pick­les ($8.50); soups and sal­ads; sand­wiches and burg­ers; a “dy­na­mite plate;” fish and chips ($10.95); and var­i­ous din­ner en­trees – among them, baked lasagna ($8.95), smoth­ered pork chops ($9.95) and baked mac­a­roni and cheese ($7.85). The Red Brick Grill en­ters the food fray with sev­eral other well-es­tab­lished com­peti- tors – among them River Falls Restau­rant, Main Street Cafe and Ocean Cafe Restau­rant – and those are just the ones within walk­ing dis­tance. But Lanoue is un­daunted by the com­pe­ti­tion. She thinks The Red Brick Grill will be fill­ing a niche in the restau­rant scene that has been over­looked by oth­ers. “This is some­thing dif­fer­ent,” she says. “There’s not too much of what I’m do­ing in the city.”

 ?? Russ Olivo photo ?? Eva Lanoue, pro­pri­etor of the soon-to-open restau­rant, The Red Brick Grill, stands be­hind the bar of the re­cently-re­mod­eled site at 83 Main St. The restau­rant has an­nounced a June 23 grand open­ing.
Russ Olivo photo Eva Lanoue, pro­pri­etor of the soon-to-open restau­rant, The Red Brick Grill, stands be­hind the bar of the re­cently-re­mod­eled site at 83 Main St. The restau­rant has an­nounced a June 23 grand open­ing.

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