The Red Door Opens

What a wonderful sight. Local drinkers and eaters were devastated when Thee Red Fez closed back in 2019. Apparently, brothers Chris and Phil Martelly felt the same way, so they bought the place. And while much work has been done to freshen things up, the new owners wanted to preserve the general look and feel of the place. Phil spoke with RI Monthly:

“After sandblasting the second floor, the original wood and brick was revealed which was also very exciting and inspiring.” They kept the original red brick, and also honored the upstairs – formerly called the White Rabbit – by preserving the original bar and the black, mirrored back bar. They kept a wood-cabin-like feel and added a cool infinity mirror.

. . . “It has been in the back of my mind since the beginning to try and honor the vibe of the Fez and create a place that is welcoming to everyone,” he says.

For now, the restaurant is open Thursday thru Sunday only.

The very tempting, eclectic menu includes: Saugy dogs on butter toasted roll; confit chicken legs; English style meat pie; pakora; Tiki beef; and borscht.

Great website by the way — cool artwork and design. (The homepage looks like a Saul Bass movie poster for a nonexistent Hitchcock movie.) Scroll down to where four of the dishes are illustrated so you can see exactly what you might order. Check out the FB page for their NYE plans.

Opens next 5pm to 1am, Thursday, December 30, The Red Door, 49 Peck Street, (directions)


Spiffed up exterior porch and staircase connect to second floor bar.

No new sign up yet. Thee Fez went through a couple of versions.

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