About new rivers

New Rivers was founded in 1990 and is housed in the former Congdon and Carpenter Mill along the river on the edge of downtown Providence. Named after the river rerouting project that jumpstarted Providence’s renaissance, New Rivers has been and continues to be a forerunner in locally sourced and thoughtfully prepared food as well as its much lauded friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive service.  Owners Beau and Elizabeth Vestal met while working together at the restaurant.  After 12 years (him) and 3 years (her) of leading the kitchen, the couple purchased the restaurant in 2012.  Beau remains at the stoves, continuing to delight customers with his creative bistro fare. Elizabeth has moved out front and assumed the role of the restaurant’s general manager and gracious host.

New Rivers continues to delight customers with its straight forward cuisine, thoughtfully curated wine and beer list, and charming ambience.  It has been several years now since the restaurant underwent an expansion and facelift. This expansion provided not only more seating, a handsome new bar, and  a private dining space on the second floor, but also an opportunity to celebrate another love: historical preservation.  In the new space diners will see a bar crafted in part from timber reclaimed from the building, crafted into new details that celebrate the building’s long and rich history.  Original wide plank wood floors were uncovered, refurbished, and provide guests a glimpse into the past when iron fabricating machines bustled during Providence’s golden age of the industrial revolution. The facade of the building has also been painstakingly designed to mimic the original storefronts of almost a century ago. It is these details that make New Rivers quintessentially Providence.