The Elm’s building is named for the trees which once lined all of Main Street, East Greenwich. According to local folklore the building has been a tavern from it’s beginnings, c.1880.
It is historically recorded as being a 2 ½ story tavern with a hotel on the upper floor. The rooms still remain and are now commercial offices. In those days East Greenwich was a productive farm town and a booming fishing center.
The tavern is remembered as a men’s only establishment. The rumor is that there is a slave escape tunnel somewhere in the building leading to the waterfront. The tunnel has not yet been found. Curiously, the broken headstone of Ella Bateman was found in our basement. She died at the age of 17 years, two months and two days. One of our burgers is named after Ella.
The original tavern spanned from the front porch to the north side of the bar where the steal beam is now. In the 1980’s it was joined with the dwelling to it’s south which is now the private room, bathrooms and handicapped entrance. The bar itself was once the alley between the two buildings.
The inspiration for the space is a revival of a once bustling, and long dormant, corner of town. The first priority was to honor history while at the same time creating a space that serves as a 21st century center for meeting, conversing and relaxing. A space that is a positive presence on Main Street and in the local community.
We paired glossy black chandeliers with barn wood floors, and crystal lighting with a beat-up shed door to bring two extremes together and create a feeling of calm. We added soothing pale green and bold metallic paints along with natural birch logs to continue the feel. The barn doors on the private room and original art are the finishing touches.
The open kitchen and black on black tables and chairs give a bistro feel. Our menu elevates the experience with fresh, local ingredients and attention to detail. The bar is our pride and joy; onyx stone lit from beneath for warmth. House-made shrubs and infusions make our drink list as creative and unique as the room.
Our wrap around porch harkens back to a time when neighbors conversed from front porch to front porch; where the pastime was to sit and watch the goings on in a small New England town. The patio is designed as a garden space in the middle of town; a fire-pit and rockers in winter, an outdoor bar and dining under the stars in summer.