Local 121 restaurant to close in March

Local 121 restaurant to close in March

Friday, February 17, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local 121 to cease business on March 11th
Contact: Nancy Miller, Local 121, nmiller@local121.com / David Dvorchak, AS220 Communications Director, david@as220.org

It is with sadness, coupled with hope and excitement for the future, that we announce that AS220’s faithful and long-time tenant, Local 121, has decided to close its doors after invigorating the Rhode Island restaurant scene with its locally-minded farm-to-table cuisine for ten years. Owned and operated by Josh and Nancy Miller, Local 121 was the anchor tenant in AS220’s Dreyfus building at 121 Washington Street in downtown Providence, purchased and restored by the non-profit between 2005 and 2007.

With a mission to present “a menu that changes frequently and pays homage to the flavorful seasonal ingredients of Rhode Island”, Local 121 also championed forward-thinking food-related causes such as feeding the needy, saying no to bottled water, saving honeybees, and celebrating Earth Day, through frequent benefits, talks, and film screenings. In 2010, the restaurant was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Culinary Cup award, given by the Culinary Institute of America, the National Restaurant Association, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in recognition of their work “advocating for sustainable economic efforts in Providence by using locally produced food and beverages.”

Josh and Nancy Miller have issued the following statement:

“As owners of Local 121, we have decided after ten years to close our restaurant. Our last day of business will be on Saturday, March 11th, 2017.

Our lease with AS220 expires in April, and pursuing another ten year option would have us as restaurant owners and operators into our 70s. We are not interested in doing that through this stage of our lives. We are committed to marketing this beautiful restaurant for sale as a turnkey operation, with the full cooperation and participation of AS220.

We want to thank our staff and many patrons. We especially want to thank the many local farmers, fisherman, and other local purveyors for helping us to pioneer the farm-to-table concept in Rhode Island.”

We at AS220 would like to express our gratitude, and best wishes in the future, to the Millers and the staff of Local 121.
Inquiries regarding the rental of the soon-to-be former Local 121 space can be sent to:

Peter Scotti (Scotti & Associates): 401-421-8888 or managing.director@as220.org