Everyman preparing to open at ALCO

Everyman, the new bar and bistro by former Custom House Tavern proprietor Leah Reynolds -- whose coming was first reported here -- is getting ready to open:

Dear Friends,

I am excited to let you know that my new place, EVERYMAN, is just about ready to open!  If all the stars align, and all the red tape unwinds, EVERYMAN should be up and running by the end of June. Of course, you'll be receiving a follow-up e-mail with the exact date and all the details on the opening festivities as soon as I've got it all nailed down!

EVERYMAN will have the same warm and friendly atmosphere that the tiny Custom House Tavern enjoyed, but expanded into a much larger space, located in Building 52 of ALCO, the American Locomotive Works project being redeveloped by Streuver Brothers on the west side of the city. (  Tucked between Valley and Kinsley Streets, and bordered by the lovely Woonasquatucket River, the complex is entered at 555 Valley Street. Not only do we have a full kitchen for a more extensive and interesting menu, a bigger stage area for musicians and entertainers, and more seats both at tables and at our beautiful new bar, but EVERYMAN also has that most elusive of Providence amenities: parking, and plenty of it, right outside our front door!  Here's just a taste of what you have to look forward to...

ART: EVERYMAN will be featuring the work of local artists, rotating on a quarterly basis.  Thomas Adams will be our firstexhibitor, and his opening will be on the Sunday following our opening weekend (details to follow).  He's also helping us with our website,, which should also be up and running any day now!  We look forward to participating in "Gallery Night Providence" in order to give our artists more exposure and to allow more folks to discover EVERYMAN!

MUSIC: Some of these musicians and entertainers may be familiar to you from the old CHT, and some will be new to you at EVERYMAN.  We're planning two Open Mike nights, Mondays with John and Wednesdays with Joe Auger. DJ Black Floyd will be bringing you music from the 50's and beyond including jazz, blues and more on Friday evenings.  And Saturday nights feature live music with Ken Carpenter, Mark Armstrong, and friends, for a Jazz-y evening out. Tuesday and Thursday are our quiet nights for now, available for the occasional wine or beer dinner on Tuesdays, or "Gallery Night Providence" events on  Thursdays.  We're still looking for the right music for Sunday nights, and we're always open to suggestions, so please let us know if you have any thoughts! 

Thursday nights won't be so quiet during the Summer though, thanks to ALCO's inaugural Summer Concert Series, "Thursday Nights at ALCO", taking place right outside our front door on the ALCO Green.  The nine week series of concerts, sponsored by the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, will run from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday nights. The series kicks off June 26th with a sizzling evening of Latin jazz with trumpet player, vocalist and bandleader Carlos de Leon and his orchestra. The following weeks feature Zerui Dapina on July 3rd, Koliba Afropop on July 10th, Rubblebucket Orchestra on July 17th, Deer Tick on July 24th, Pendragon on July 31st, Balla Tounkara on August 7th, and Santa Mamba on August 14th.  The series closes with Watermelon Slim on August 21st. Drop by ALCO for one of these free outdoor Summer concerts, and enjoy a meal or a drink at EVERYMAN before or after the show.

FOOD: Chef Russell and I are just putting the final touches on the EVERYMAN menu, and will be sending all of you a copy very soon as well as posting it on our new website.  We've included lots of local goodies made right here in RI, and a few old CHT menu items, plus we've recreated some old favorites that you may recall from some great local places that are now long gone, as well as creating a few special new recipes that are all our own. The kitchen will open at 11:30 am on weekdays and at 5:00 pm on weekends, and will close at 9:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and at 10:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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