A new resident has taken up the One Bay Avenue building in Warwick. Cozy Caterers, an event catering service, had its venue’s red-ribbon cutting on Tuesday.
Visited by Mayor Joseph J. Solomon, whose cousin Michael A. Solomon is president of the business, Cozy Caterers has taken over a building with a rich past. Previously a hotel, the building survived the hurricane of ’38 while many buildings around it were destroyed. It then became a series of restaurants, including a seafood restaurant and most recently Christopher’s Landing, before coming into the care of Cozy Caterers
The place has been transferred from a walk in and eat place to a reserved venue for weddings and other events. Cozy Caterers also previously offered out-of-store caterings, but is now physically open, with bookings for private events available at location. The venue can be rented for $450 for an event of any size. The business started on 15 Montrose Street in Providence before moving to 400 Warwick Avenue four years.
They took over the Bay Avenue building at the beginning of March, which now looks “bright” “soothing” and “totally transformed,” according to Mayor Solomon. The cocktail area can fit 300 people, outside and inside, and 125 people comfortably in the inside dining area, when cleared for dancing. When interviewed, Mark Brown, the Director of Catering and Events said that they had 42 weddings booked so far this year and usually do around the same amount every year.
When asked about the greatest challenge in catering to all these weddings, he replied, “No wedding is the same.” He says that he always sits down with couples to get a general idea of what they’d like, and then he creates that. He described how one couple wanted an all you can eat pizza buffet, where they brought in a pizza chef and pizza ovens while they did the hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and other rentals, while another couple wanted a food truck wedding.
Cozy Caterers has also done military weddings, with Brown claiming they could get the catering planning done in a week. Cozy Caterers is also expanding into selling box lunches for boaters on the dock behind the venue. Boaters can order from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and ride up to the dock to pick it up from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Cozy Caterers will be selling a choice between a daily special or gourmet lunches including turkey reubens, grinders, and homemade chips with pasta, among other things. Boaters can also purchase hot good by the half pan, which can come re-heatable or delivered hot.
“It all depends on what they want,” says Brown. “We can do it.”