Huck’s Filling Station Looks to Extend Main St. Dining Scene Into Warwick

by | Apr 8, 2019

By Elizabeth F. McNamara

The northeast corner of Division and Post Road has been dormant a long time now, but the former Esso Service Center is soon to return to life as Huck’s Filling Station, a new restaurant by the creators of Milk Money in Providence.

While Huck’s will sit in Warwick (4654 Post Road), its location on the Warwick-EG line (across the street from the Varnum Armory) makes it an extension of East Greenwich’s booming restaurant row.

The site definitely certainly didn’t come billed as an obvious location for a hip new eatery, but manager Jared Melei said he and his partners (Jeff Quinlan, Edward Brady, and Justin Erickson) liked the classic gas station vibe. More importantly, he said, there was room for a lot of outdoor seating, something that only a couple of Main Street restaurants are able to offer.

The plan is to have 40 to 50 seats outdoors, amid three fire pits that will run parallel to Division Street. The restaurant itself is being constructed on top of the existing foundation, and will have 30 to 40 seats indoors.

Melei said the menu will pay homage to New England classics but with influences from around the globe. Of course, since it’s Rhode Island, there will be something Italian on the menu, as well as steak, seafood and an extensive raw bar that will showcase East and West Coast oysters.

The executive chef is Andrea Leonardo, who also oversees the Milk Money kitchen.

They hope to open Huck’s in early June. Warwick granted the restaurant a liquor license a couple of weeks ago so now it’s down to the construction.

Melei said he’s been happy with all the enthusiasm spilling over the EG-Warwick line.

“We love the feedback that we’re getting from the East Greenwich community.”



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13 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Isdale

    Looking forward to this but where is the parking for this restaurant?

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      From Jared: “We have 7 designated spots on site. Beyond that we believe there to be solutions in the area which have helped the local businesses find success, be it street parking or in nearby lots.”

      Reply
  2. Cele Mark

    We love Milk Money and so glad to see the new restaurant opening.

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    • Ed

      Thank you for the support! We’re excited to come to town.

      Reply
  3. Judy

    This looks nice, but is there sufficient parking?

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Good question. I will find out.

      Reply
    • Ed

      We do have a handful of designated spots on site and are hoping our guests can utilize nearby street parking or the available lots along Main St.

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    • Ed

      We will have a handful of spots on-site and are hoping our guests take advantage of the street parking and narby lots along Main St. But we will also explore other options if parking becomes problematic. Thanks for asking!

      Reply
  4. Eric

    Looks like a nice restaurant and concept!! Great opportunity for the town and looking forward to seeing it open. As for parking, it’s not an issue. There are plenty of legal parking spots in front of my house at the bottom of Division Street, across from Pals Restaurant that are hardly ever used.

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    • Ed

      Thank you, Eric. For the kind words and letting our potential guests know of available parking.

      Reply
  5. Dev

    The parking comments are beyond silly. Can you imagine someone asking that in NYC? There are a bunch of municipal lots and PLENTY of street parking! You have legs people- use them!

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    • Ed

      Thanks, Dev. We’ve navigated Main St pretty well since construction began and it’s never all that difficult to find a spot and walk the strip.

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  6. Donna

    Very exciting and looking forward to it!

    Reply

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