The Olympia Tea Room in Watch Hill is celebrating its centennial season. The Tramis brothers opened their business in 1916, operating it until 1979. Then, in 1980 Jack and Marcia Felber acquired the restaurant. It is one of the oldest continually operating businesses in Westerly, and has hosted some of the biggest names of the last two centuries, including Albert Einstein, Clark Gable, Taylor Swift and Conan O’Brian, to name a few.
When the Tea Room was acquired in 1980 it had a small menu of sandwiches, sundaes and fountain sodas. With the help of Chef Kyle Lydick, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, and the owner’s daughter Georgia Felber Jones, one of RI’s only female Certified Court of Masters Sommeliers, the Tea Room started acting its age. Georgia curates wine and creative cocktail lists that pair perfectly with Chef Kyle’s menus, which highlight locally sourced seafood. His delicious dishes offer a Mediterranean twist on a classic New England style.
Seating for around a hundred guests, European-style seating outdoors, cozy mahogany booths and an antique marble bar are sure to transport you the moment you step inside this local institution. It is our opinion that this Bay Street icon is ready for its next 100 years. 74 Bay Street, Westerly. 348-8211, www.OlympiaTeaRoom.com