Workers using heavy wrecking machines reduced the former landmark restaurant on Atwood Avenue to a pile of rubble on Tuesday.
Moving one step closer to the construction of a new Stop & Shop gas station on Atwood Avenue, workers from Dixon Inc. of Northborough, MA, completed the demolition of the former Newport Creamery restaurant on Tuesday. The removal of the building is part of a $1.5 million project by Carpionato Associates of Johnston, and follows the June 30 closing of the restaurant. Attached to this article is a 1-minute video of the demolition set to a hard rock soundtrack. WARNING: Video includes loud music.
The Johnston Planning Board gave its approval for the gas station plan almost a year ago.
A longtime fixture in Johnston, the Newport Creamery located at 1410 Atwood Ave. closed its doors last week, and in its place will soon be a new Stop & Shop gas station. Kelly Coates, Senior Vice President at Carpionato Properties, said during a phone interview that demolition and parking lot work should start at the site "within the next two weeks, and the whole project will be done for some time in last summer or early fall." On Tuesday morning, the former restaurant sat vacant, with a sign on the doors notifying customers that it would closed as of June 30. All of the signage at the front of the property had been removed. Coates said the developer has been going through "the final, last round of putting the funding together and getting …