Lease renewed for Len’s Haven at Slater Park

Lease renewed for Len’s Haven at Slater Park

Len Rounds, owner of Len’s Haven at Slater Park in Pawtucket, has had his lease renewed for his takeout seafood, hot dog, and ice cream business by the city. (Breeze photo by Melanie Thibeault)

PAWTUCKET – Now in his 20th year at Slater Park, Len Rounds, owner of Len’s Seafood, Hot Dogs, and Ice Cream Haven, said he’s happy that the city has renewed his lease for at least another five years.

“This is all I know,” Rounds, a native of Central Falls, told The Breeze, sitting inside the ice cream portion of the takeout stands last week. The Pawtucket City Council recently approved his lease renewal for five years with an option for another five years, he said.

The Haven, located near Daggett Farm at 401 Newport Ave., is a mainstay at Slater Park, and Rounds said his business relies heavily on repeat customers. The way to attract regulars, he said, is by offering quality food. People are surprised, he said, by “the quality of food from a park.”

At the seafood window, Rounds sells homemade red and white chowder, and other popular dishes are clam cakes, fish and chips, and whole belly clams. The hot dog side also offers burgers, sandwiches, salads, and sides including fries, onion rings, and doughboys.

He also sells ice cream from Bliss Dairy in Attleboro, Mass. When asked what the most popular flavor is, he said vanilla. “It amazes me,” he said. “It sells more than anything else.”

In terms of the menu, Rounds said nothing is new, though prices have increased slightly to keep up with higher costs from his suppliers. A small cup or cone of ice cream is $4.49 while a sundae goes for $6.49. Hot dogs are $3.49 while a cup of chowder is $3.99 and fish and chips go for $12.99.

“Everything sells,” he said when asked if any items are more popular than others among customers.

Len’s Haven offers 10 picnic tables for outdoor seating; there is no indoor seating.

Summer concerts in the park and the Adventure Playground located nearby tend to draw crowds, Rounds said. What hurt business last year during the pandemic was the fact that the playground was closed. “It’s been good” so far this year in terms of traffic, he noted.

Prior to moving to his current space in 2001, Rounds owned a hot dog cart and later a food truck on the corner of Goff Avenue and Exchange Street in Pawtucket for about 18 years. Ten years later, in 2011, he took over the seafood and ice cream windows.

A typical workday for Rounds starts at 9:30 a.m. and wraps up around 10:30 p.m., he said. His favorite part of the business, he said, is meeting customers.

Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 7 p.m., and ice cream only Mondays from 12 to 8 p.m.