Norman’s Is Back Open on Main Street

by | Nov 19, 2014

 

Nearly 10 months after it closed down, Norman’s Tap and Restaurant, 159 Main St., reopened last week, with an official East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting Wednesday to boot.

Everything looks a little sharper and a little fresher inside the 42-year-old establishment – extensive repairs and renovations were made during the restaurant’s closure.

And the menu offerings have been updated too – to a point. Breakfast is still breakfast at Norman’s, with Norma Harris at the griddle. The lunch menu, however, has expanded to include more “pub fare,” as Sharon Hazard described it – including quesadillas, calamari, grilled veggies.

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Owner Norman Harris, Norma and Sharon’s dad, was clearly moved by the ribbon-cutting festivities Wednesday. In addition to Chamber representatives Steve Lombardi and Glenn Fontaine, several neighboring Main Street merchants turned out to help celebrate the restaurant’s return.

“81 years old and I started years ago, me and the wife,” Harris said. He actually started down the street, as the chef at Jiggers, but when the opportunity to buy the building at 159 Main St. came up, Norman’s Tap and Restaurant was born.

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Michael Fain (newly elected to the School Committee) and Norman Harris. Fain came to the ribbon-cutting to show his support for Harris family. Fain’s father, former longtime owner of Harbourside Lobstermania – and Harris were colleagues for decades, Fain said.


Norman’s closed last February after the town refused to renew its victualing and liquor licenses because Harris owed more than $30,000 in back sewer fees and interest.

“It’s a dream come true. This is what we do, our family,” said Hazard. With all the work that was done, along with the updated menu and bar offerings (including five beers on tap and a greater range of liquor choices), Hazard mused some good may have come out of all the past year’s difficulties.

“Maybe it was for the best,” she said.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Lesa J Booth

    I loved the place! last time I was there, I spent the night at the East Greenwich Hotel with a friend and reminiscing of the old days which my grandfather often spent his time there when he was alive. Grampa Leo Dente was Norman’s neighbor back in the day when they lived on Kings Street. Well anyways . I got up early and shuffled across the street for coffee and breakfast. I had had a pleasent chat with the cook Nora and then took a stroll around thinking of my family who were all long gone. Well sadly it’s closed again… RIP Normans Restaurant. RIP to my mother’s family.. I miss you

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