Buzz on Business: New Owner for Jigger’s, Goodbye Revival, Farm-to-Table Cookbook 

by | Oct 5, 2023

Above: Jigger’s Diner.

Christos Spyridis is taking over as the new owner of Jigger’s Diner, but don’t fret too much. He says he has no plans to change the iconic Main Street eatery. 

“I wouldn’t touch it, to be honest,” Spyridis said. “It’s gorgeous, it’s nostalgic, it’s beautiful.” 

He should know – he’s made owning diners kind of his jam.

“Apparently, that’s all I know how to do,” he joked.

In Greece, where he is from, he worked for Starbucks and he continued to work for the global coffee chain after relocating to the U.S. but he made a shift to restaurant owner when he bought a diner in North Providence. After a few years, he bought another diner (Athena’s) in Cranston. He will be closing on the Jigger’s property soon. The Town Council approved his victualling license subject to sign off from the state Department of Health, which has been backlogged.

He takes over ownership from longtime owner and chef Karie Myers, who won’t be out of the restaurant business – she is retaining ownership of Jigger’s South on Route 1 in North Kingstown. Spyridis said he may tinker with the menu in a couple of years but said he was hesitant to mess with success. And he added that he found the history of the diner “mind blowing.”

The change in ownership should be official sometime this month.


Meanwhile, The Revival, the charming restaurant tucked in between La Masseria and a hair salon on Main Street, is closing its doors for good any day now. EG News was unable to reach owner Peter Lowre but workers confirmed the news. The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar opened in March 2019. Lowre also owns The Revival in Warren and that restaurant will remain open. 


In other foodie news, EG native Kim Ragosta, who now makes her home in West Greenwich with her husband and five children, is out with a cookbook: A Time to Gather. The book contains more than 500 recipes designed to help you incorporate local and seasonal farm-fresh foods in your meals. 

Ragosta has always loved to cook and started creating recipes many years ago. Her partnership with local farms brought her recipe creations to a new level – she would get farm-fresh ingredients in exchange for coming up with yummy recipes that used those ingredients – recipes she then shared on Instagram @littlehouseintheforest

A Time to Gather brings all those recipes (and more) together in one place, accompanied by vivid photographs. You can find out more about the book and Ragosta herself at her website HERE.

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Camille Speca
Camille Speca
October 6, 2023 9:15 am

Say it ain’t so, Revival!!!! It’s nearly everyone’s favorite Main Street restaurant. Sad to see it go.

October 6, 2023 1:15 pm
Reply to  Camille Speca

Absolutely the favorite of everyone. Best food always. Never have to send it back or complain. I have been so sad when I heard about it. Also Peter Cates got his customers. Always comes to talk to you at your table. I go to the other restaurants also for years and never met the owners once. The waitresses and bartenders also pass by and say hi. Nothing as good on Main St. We are all losing a gem.

Dale Van de Vrede
Dale Van de Vrede
October 6, 2023 10:41 am

So bummed about losing Revival…

October 6, 2023 2:38 pm

Revival will be missed!!!! Our favorite!!

Linda A. Bloom
Linda A. Bloom
October 7, 2023 10:12 am

So sad, one of the better retaurants on Main Street. Drinks, food, and service always A+

October 7, 2023 10:44 am

Everything makes Revival special, especially the people. I will miss it.

Julia of EG
Age 8

Barbara Finn
Barbara Finn
October 7, 2023 11:21 am

We are so sad to hear Revival is closing. The food is creative and delicious. Great menu, experienced staff. This is a big loss to the EG food scene.

October 7, 2023 6:27 pm

Nooo Revival! The best restaurant on Main St. Say it ain’t so!

Kate Smith
Kate Smith
October 8, 2023 12:28 pm

Our absolute favorite place. We go up from South County, and are always impressed. We will definitely get to the place is Warren. Good luck.

Amy M
Amy M
October 8, 2023 9:27 pm

What needs to happen to keep Revival open? Just got takeout from there Friday and was amazing -as usual.

Lisa P.
Lisa P.
October 12, 2023 9:52 am

I agree with all of the comments above! This is one of our favorite places thanks to the creative and always tasty offerings that weren’t the same ol’ Italian, seafood or generic American options + excellent drinks and friendly waitstaff. Revival will be much missed.


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