Name: Chapel Grille
Location: Cranston, Rhode Island
Tell us a little bit about the history of the restaurant and wedding venue: The chapel–now the Chapel Grille–is part of American history. Sitting among the grounds of the former training school for boys, the property dates back to 1638 when it was deeded to the Westcott Family from Roger Williams and later sold to the state of Rhode Island in 1869. (If you visit the Cathedral Bar, you will see portraits of Priscilla and Stuckely Westcott III and, yes, they are looking at you!) Carpionato Group has since purchased the property and transformed it into an unparalleled lifestyle center. The chapel was built in 1891 to administer the necessary spiritual and physical healing needed by the wayward youth. Originally designed by the Rhode Island based architectural firm of Stone, Carpenter and Wilson, it is one of the more handsome buildings on the property. With the direction and oversight of The Cranston Historic District Commission and The Rhode Island Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission, Carpionato Group has preserved as much of the historic buildings as possible. The end result has created a breathtaking venue at every turn from the inside out.
About the venue: Chapel Grille is an easy-to-find oasis of culinary excellence, conveniently located off the major highways and offering complimentary valet parking. It’s interior is expansive, welcoming and comfortable. We specialize in boutique weddings of 100 or less. The Wine Salon is Chapel Grille’s largest Private Dining Room and can accommodate up to 100 guests. With access to a Private Garden Terrace, sunlight floods in through the bank of arched-top French doors. The private garden terrace is a great outdoor space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prior to dinner, bistro lights and panoramic views, which offer an enchanting ambiance. This beautifully appointed space is handicap accessible and comes ready with Wi-Fi access, (2) 60” Plasma Televisions, and an iPod docking station. Chapel Grille can further accommodate your event with a dance floor, custom color linens, and white leather lounge furniture.
What is your busy season? September through December and May through June tend to be our busiest months.
What sort of events is it available for? Chapel Grille offers four different rooms for private events and each space provides a backdrop like no other. In addition to boutique weddings, we specialize in bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners, social celebrations and corporate events. We offer menus customizable to suit your budget including plated dinner and lunch menus, buffets and cocktail reception options.
Is there a favorite event that you’ve hosted there? A surprise wedding! All of the guests thought they were coming to an anniversary celebration for the couple. At the entrance of the room they had a camera and a sign saying “surprise we are getting married” and a camera that captured everyone’s reaction. The room was also beautifully decorated with candlelight. The bride had brought in over 150 votive candles to illuminate the room.
What makes it stand out as a venue? The ambiance of the restaurant is enchanting and magical. Pair that with the incredible food and service and Chapel Grille makes a great destination for weddings and events. Our manicured grounds offer a beautiful backdrop for photographs. Our pricing is very reasonable and we are always open to customizing menus to fit a client’s budget.
Do you have any recommendations or advice for brides considering this as a venue? Chapel Grille is a one-of-kind venue. If you are looking to host an event that guests will be talking about for years to come, look no further.
What is the business motto that the Chapel Grille functions under? Chapel Grille strives to offer our guests an ambiance and atmosphere that’s second to none, inspire the spirits of our guests through confident and educated service and provide well-crafted cuisine while respecting and nurturing our world. It’s the namesake of the property!