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Come to Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar to experience a Providence classic that boasts time-honored recipes for ocean-fresh seafood. You remember...for your graduation, it was our Lobster Pie. For your first anniversary, it was Oysters Hemenway's. Every year for your birthday, you celebrate with our Alaskan King Crab Legs.
An adventure-loving fellow with a passion for fishing and a knack for hospitality inspired his grandson to found Hemenway’s. Over 20 years later, his spirit and enthusiasm still motivate our dedicated team.
“Charles Martin Hemenway (1886-1964) was an avid sportsman and fisherman. He was a pioneer in entrepreneurial spirit yet possessed only a seventh grade education. Destined for success, he became President of the Moxie Beverage Company, the New Haven Railroad, and the Varsity-Royale Record Company. He introduced soft-serve ice cream to New York World's Fair in 1939 and owned the Flying Lobster Restaurant on 52nd Street in New York, where he flew in fresh lobsters daily from Nova Scotia. His passion for fishing took him throughout North America, but his favorite trip was to the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada, during salmon season. This restaurant is dedicated to my late grandfather, Charles M. Hemenway, who will always remain an inspiration.” -Edward P. Grace III, Founder
TOBEY SANBORN - [ click to read more ]
Tobey Sanborn, Senior General Manager
Tobey Sanborn has always had a passion for both the restaurant industry and seafood. In 1993, he moved to Providence to pursue a degree at Johnson & Wales University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration. He fell in love with the city and never looked back.
Tobey began his career in the hospitality industry at the Back Bay Restaurant Group He remained a resident of Providence while managing one of their restaurants in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. In 1999, Tobey was promoted opening General Manager of Joe’s American Bar & Grill in Providence. Later, he moved on to Manager of the Capital Grille, also in Providence. Now, as the Senior General Manager of Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, Tobey oversees one of the city's busiest restaurants.
Tobey sits on the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation and is active with many area non-profits, including the Ronald McDonald House, which helps to improve the lives of hospitalized children and their families.
CHEF LEE SONSKY- [ click to read more ]
Chef Lee Sonsky
Fortunately for guests, Chef Lee made the decision while in school to change from pre-med to culinary. After getting his start in a small Italian restaurant in Long Island, then venturing to the prestigious Breakers in Palm Beach, FL for 12 years, Chef Sonsky has joined the Newport Restaurant Group family in the kitchen at Hemenway’s. It is here, that chef pulls from his natural love of food for inspiration, creating dishes that ignite the feelings evoked when enjoying wholesome and comforting food. More importantly, Chef makes it a point to form and build strong relationships with local vendors, to not only support local business, but to receive the freshest ingredients in Rhode Island.