Brickhouse ‘2.0’ coming to city in February

Brickhouse ‘2.0’ coming to city in February

Bobby Vigeant is the general manager of the new Brickhouse Bar and Grill scheduled to open in February at 2120 Diamond Hill Road. (Breeze photo by Sandy Seoane)
Cranston investor has vision for Diamond Hill Road property

WOONSOCKET – Coming soon to Diamond Hill: a version of a well-known – and liked – city hangout, updated for 2017.

Brickhouse Bar and Grill is scheduled to open this February, a new place for locals to “eat, drink, and dance,” according to General Manager Bobby Vigeant.

Born and raised in Providence, Vigeant said the venture will mark his first foray in the restaurant industry, coming from a background in both real estate, and health and fitness.

The property was last home to Plaza Mexico, a restaurant first opened in 2011 that moved to Bellingham, Mass., last year.

But it was the building’s previous life as a popular local bar and pool hall that drew Vigeant’s attention.

“I had a different concept when I first came in, but the Brickhouse was so well remembered and so well known,” he said. “There’s so many good memories of the place. Plus, the building is made of brick.”

So came the concept for the new Brickhouse, an updated version of the club that closed in 2010 that will feature pool tables, but will also boast a top-notch chef, beer pong tables, dart boards, private booths for small parties, space for wedding receptions and more.

Vigeant says he has a full schedule of events and entertainment planned to keep the 300-person capacity Diamond Hill Road business busy 7 days a week, including live nationally-known acts, DJs and game tournaments.

To take advantage of frontage the property has on the busy road, the investor plans to build an open-air patio with an outdoor fireplace, a permanent stone bar and stamped concrete flooring. Two of the five large, unique windows on the front of the building will be removed to make way for the new features, which will increase the building’s already significant capacity.

Vigeant has hired a chef with previous experience at Capriccios in Providence and Twin Oaks in Cranston to create bar, event and catering menus.

“He’s able to guarantee an interesting and eclectic menu,” he said.

He’s also hired the head of a local beer pong league as his assistant manager, and the group has agreed to anchor their tournaments there. The building will accommodate a game room with five pool tables, plus beer pong tables and dart boards, and on Mondays and Tuesdays, he plans to host a 150-member pool league.

A portable stage and DJ booth have already been built to allow the space to serve multiple functions, including corporate events and small weddings. He plans to host live music every Sunday night, and local DJs on Saturdays. Pub action in the bar area, meanwhile, will focus on food and sports.

The new Brickhouse will also carry it’s own wine, a red and white version carrying the label “Brickhouse Vineyards.”

“It’s a multi-facected dynamic,” Vigeant said. “We want to give as much variety, and have as much to offer here as possible.”

The vision is a bit more upscale than the bar’s previous concept, with plans for valet parking and a regular police detail.

Vigeant, who now lives in Cranston, said his interest in the Woonsocket property was prompted by a friend who owns the lot at 2120 Diamond Hill Road, which he now plans to purchase.

“We found it very interesting,” he said of the opportunity to launch such an endeavor in the city. “It’s a main road. You can’t get any better than that.”

He plans to host a grand opening celebration of the business no later than Valentine’s Day.

With developments along the road including the nearby relocation of the Department of Motor Vehicles, a trampoline park and a biotechnology and pharmaceutical equipment company in the former Lowe’s, he’s confident he’ll find success.

“I believe the revitalization is about to happen,” he said of the area. “I think it was the right building at the right time.”

Comments

More great news, things are looking up for Woonsocket

Sears is closing.... but another bar is opening! I guess things are looking good for Woonsocket marcelbo.

That's fine, but make sure the police are monitoring Diamond Hill Rd.It's like a drag race most nights, the noise is terrible, we are awakened from 12- 6a.m. we have complained, but nothing has ever been done!! Pay attention Mayor And new council people!!!

Sears is a national company that's been going bankrupt over the course of 10 years...Woonsocket happens to be a city where one location exists(ed).

Let's keep it simple.

I look at it as a new opportunity for a better store to now open...