The Country Inn closes abruptly

THE COUNTRY INN in Warren has closed. / COURTESY WJAR-TV NBC 10
THE COUNTRY INN in Warren has closed. / COURTESY WJAR-TV NBC 10

WARREN – Another old school Rhode Island restaurant has shut its doors. The Country Inn on Route 136 in Warren closed permanently as of Monday morning, and in what has become somewhat of a pattern, the closing was sudden and without warning. Employees and customers were taken by surprise as the eatery was open Sunday night and had hundreds of reservations for the Thanksgiving weekend, according to media reports.

Employees arriving for work Monday were informed of the closing by management on site, who then ordered the workers off the premises. A PBN call to the executive offices of Country Inn’s parent company, The Jan Companies, was referred to an unidentified company vice president. The company did not respond for comment.

The Country Inn, well known for large portions of New England comfort food in a family atmosphere, has been one of the state’s iconic dining landmarks for decades. A second location was opened in the 1990s but remained open only a few years.

Jan Companies owns and has operated numerous restaurant franchises in the state, the best-known being Burger King. The company has closed several of those locations of the fast-food restaurant in the past two years. In addition, Jan opened and closed Krispy Kreme locations as well as the former East Side Mario’s. The company also operates Rhode Island mainstay Newport Creamery.

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Bruce Newbury is a PBN contributing writer.