DERBY â€“ A new restaurant is planned for Derby. The owners of two Newport restaurants are joining forces to open Jrâ€™s Wood Grill in the Price Chopper shopping center.
Scott Shipley owns Habaneroâ€™s Mexican Grille on Main Street in Newport and is joining with Richard DeLarenzo of Juniorâ€™s on Main Street. Juniorâ€™s will close, but Habaneroâ€™s future is uncertain. Shipley may have the restaurant managed by someone else or sell it.
Jrâ€™s Wood Grillâ€™s other owners are Lisa Shipley and Jonathan Webb.
Scott Shipley and DeLarenzo announced their plans to the Derby Select Board as they are hoping for the boardâ€™s blessing, Shipley said. He also noted that even though the restaurant will have a bar, it is planned as a family style restaurant.
Plans include using local products as much as possible. A variety of foods including Mexican, Italian, and American will be served. The new partners said they plan on offering affordable selections and a welcoming atmosphere for friends and families.
The owners have signed a lease agreement but are waiting on the select board's decision for water and sewer allocation. The owners will also need a local zoning permit, a sign permit and, when they are ready to move in, a Certificate of Occupancy.