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Almondy Inn Owners Oppose Smokehouse Cafe Entertainment License Request

Telling City Council members they're turning Newport into "Party Central," the owners of the Almondy Inn are opposed to a request by a nearby restaurant to expand its entertainment license.

Telling City Council members they're turning Newport into "Party Central," the owners of the Almondy Inn are opposed to a request by a nearby restaurant to expand its entertainment license.

In a letter to the City Council, Herber and Evelyne Valkenberg of the inn said they are against the request by Smokehouse Cafe to expand its license to provide daily entertainment (the current license permits weekends only) and add a band.

"These downtown clubs, bars and restaurants will continue to haunt and harass our historic neighborhood till they'll wear us down?" the asked in the letter. "First the Newport Blues Club, the Newport Yachting Center, then Vanderbilt Grace, now Smokehouse Cafe. Relentless Indeed."

The Valkenbergs said the loud music and commotion associated with revelers attending such venues have cost them business and keep guests up at night. The vast number of establishments offering entertainment have created a clubby atmosphere and many guests are turned off by the experience.

"My business suffers from these noise disturbances continually, resulting in a loss of business," they said. "They did not expect [this] from this tourist destination. It's a shame if you continue to allow this city to change its character and appeal."

Check out the Smokehouse Cafe's request here: http://clerkshq.com/content/Attachments/newport-ri/140625_35.pdf?clientSite=newport-ri

The City Council is expected to vote on the request tonight.

Mike Jackson June 25, 2014 at 01:49 PM
The Almondy Inn is behind the Pelham on Pelham Street....I don't think your problem is with music coming from the Smoke House.
CJL June 25, 2014 at 02:36 PM
It seems that you purchased your home in 2002 when The Pelham, The Newport Blues Café and The Yachting Center already had a well established night life. The Blues Café has had its doors open and hosting concerts since 1995, The Yachting Center has been having their concert series since early 2000 and The Pelham, well that has been popular for far longer than the Blues or The Yachting Center. Maybe next time you purchase property in a vibrant, tourist town you consider the night life scene first. I think the Smoke House is the least of your worries!
It is what it is June 26, 2014 at 09:44 PM
This town IS a party town! Come on, what are you thinking ?????? BAR AFTER BAR AFTER BAR AFTER BAR and so many with live bands during the summer...... Foolish complaining....In the early 90s I lived 3 houses up from what is now The Almondy Inn, when it was a private residence . IT WAS NUTS on that street all night, every weekend, I LOVED IT. Maybe they should have opened a B&B in Vermont... FOOLISH COMPLAINTS...

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