PAWTUCKET — An old dining landmark has been given a new twist as the Le Foyer Club debuts its new Fountain Street Grille.
The first floor bar and dining area of the venerable banquet facility have been given a complete makeover, and the results are a modern, comfortable place to enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks. Sleek new booths, an attractive mural, stylish lighting fixtures and other contemporary décor make the Fountain Street Grille an ideal setting for everything from a casual lunch or dinner to late night cocktails and appetizers.
The Emery family purchased the Le Foyer Club, located at 151 Fountain St., in 1994 and siblings Dave Emery, Rob Emery and Donna Rowey operate the facility, along with their parents, Florence and Richard. The family is also involved with Le Foyer's banquets and special events along with Emery's Catering.
On Wednesday afternoon, an official grand opening will be held for the new Fountain Street Grille. There will be a ribbon-cutting, raffles, and live entertainment by Roger Ceresi, plus dinner and drink specials to mark the occasion. There will also be entertainment throughout the weekend from 8 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.
While known for decades as a banquet facility and a place to enjoy fish and chips and other seafood items on Fridays, Dave Emery said the family decided to expand its restaurant into a 6-day-a-week operation. “We felt a need for a restaurant in this area of the city. A clean and comfortable place to come out for dinner or drinks with friends,” he said. “And we'll be having entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.”
Dave and his sister, Donna, said they plan to feature an American-style menu that offers “comfort foods” such as chicken marsala, chicken Francais, steaks and seafood. They've hired a new chef, Joe Parrillo, to be in charge of the kitchen while Kathy Pearson, a familiar face at Le Foyer for 19 years, provides a welcoming presence as the bar and banquet manager.
The Emery family wants to stress that the fish and chips, chowder and clamcakes and fried clams that are so popular with their regular Friday customers will still be available. “We also have developed some new signature cocktails,” Donna said. “It will be a nice place for people to come and have drinks, relax and listen to some music.”
Besides the new restaurant, the Le Foyer is still available for banquets up to 250 people, and has smaller dining rooms, also recently renovated, that are ideal for anniversary parties, bridal and baby showers, business meetings, birthday parties and other special events.
For more information, visit www.lefoyerri.com .