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Marra Family Plans To Reopen Post Office Café

Michael Marra says renovations are taking place and it could open in early 2012.


Michael Marra appeared before the Town Council Monday night to persuade the panel to renew liquor and victualing licenses for both the and the closed . Marra - brother of Steve Marra - said that the Post Office Café, which as been closed since January, was being renovated and the plan was to reopen it in early 2012.

The Council voted 5-0 to renew both licenses.

The Post Office Café closed one month after the . At the time, a spokesman for the receiver said the restaurant would reopen in April.

That didn’t happen. Then, in August, .

Receivership details are still being worked through and there is now the added complication of probate regarding Steve Marra’s estate. Marra left his assets to his parents, Michael and Edith Marra. It was the two Michaels – father and son – who bought the Marra Restaurant Group earlier this year when the receiver put it up for sale. Steve Marra stayed on to manage the restaurants until his death on Aug. 31.

“The Grille is going to stay as is,” said Michael Marra. “The family will continue to operate it and keep it as it is.”

He said the other restaurants – six total –will also remain as is for now.

“The Post Office Café will open probably in the first quarter of 2012. We’re renovating the inside with a minority partner,” Marra said. “I don’t think they’ve actually settled on a name yet. But it won’t be in competition with the Grille,” he said. “Maybe gourmet burgers and things like that - light fare. There won’t be full entrees or meals like the grille has. And there’ll probably be some entertainment there too.”

Kristin Wheeler November 29, 2011 at 01:19 PM
It might be cool to see it as a 50's style cafe with gourmet burgers and gourmet milkshakes. Kind of like the old post office restaurant in the American History museum in DC. Especially since Jiggers is no longer open.
Timmy November 29, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Perfect spot for a brewery/brewpub.
Peter November 29, 2011 at 04:13 PM
How about a Family stye restaurant with fresh Seafood and American dishes we all enjoy ...Keep the menu simple and Fresh ..Bring in Family's around a table .We know where to go for adult fine dining ..and we have great pizza and burger places sort of like Carmine's that serves family style. Generous portions are made for sharing and can feed 4-6 people.Carmines is in NYC .. try it
steve cinquegrana November 29, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Great news! I always thought a comedy nightclub would work well at that location.....Just a thought.
Mutato November 29, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Since it's loud and brash with a touch of vintage cool, it should NOT be some expensive style restaurant they used to try to be. It needs to be down-to-earth.
Eric Carpenter November 29, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Now we're talkin'. Even better, one that serves barbecue. Anything...ANYTHING...but another Italian restaurant.
KK December 01, 2011 at 10:43 PM
I agree, anything but Italian. RI and EG have enough of those. Can't believe so many people voted for Italian. RI needs something new.
Arthur Mark December 11, 2011 at 09:08 PM
You have the opportunity to create a new and original place. Is there a Spanish/ Portuguese gourmet restaurant in the East greenwich area? Another hamburger joint? I hope the Marra family will continue their gluten-free menu. Sign: AM (Please do not use name)
Me February 01, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Another Italian Restaurant? You're kidding me - right? I've lived all over and I've never lived in a place as small minded and Provincial as Rhode Island. Even Idaho is more cosmopolitan than Rhode Island ever could be!
Julie September 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
So go to Idaho then. Rhode Islanders like it here. And we have some of the best restaurants on the East coast right here in little Rhody.
Julie September 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Great idea!!
Me February 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Wow, took that long to get a response. Pretty sad when East Greenwich can't even support two Indian Restaurants, let alone one...... Rhode Island does have some of the best Italian Restaurants on the East Coast (along with Baltimore, Philly, DC etc) but that's it- nothing else. Again small mindedness strikes again

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