Clementine cocktail and tapas bar to open in former Birch space

The cocktail bar was started by Congressman and former Mayor of Providence, David N. Cicilline, and is named after his great-grandmother.

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We finally have an answer to what’s going on inside the former Birch space at 200 Washington St. in Providence. Clementine Cocktail and Tapas Bar set to open in mid-October by downtown developer Cornish Associates. What was first Tini Bar, then Ben Sukle’s Restaurant, Birchwill now evolve into a cocktail bar created by Congressman and former Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, and named after his great-grandmother.

The plan for the space is to feature a cocktail menu of a dozen seasonal drinks and guest bartenders and popup chefs who will share their own tapas. Small plates so far will include ham croquette with aioli, chickpea fries with harissa mayonnaise and crab rangoon with sweet chili sauce.

We all know Cicilline as a social element around the city, so it only makes sense for the Providence native to create their own space to share with the city. He is teaming up with Cristian Cantaragiu, who will serve as Clementine’s general manager while leveraging his previous experience at London’s Royal Garden Hotel and as lead bartender at the MTV Movie Awards in 2017. Interior design will be handled by Michael Booth, founder of WHY, which has offices in Providence and San Francisco. Booth also earned architecture and BFA degrees from RISD, and past clients include the Four Seasons, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental and many more.

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Cicilline has a lot to do but he keeps his glass half full. He recently wrote the new book house on fire, too. This new cocktail bar will bring new life to a space that has been unoccupied for nearly a year.

“I’ve always loved the downtown area in the heart of the city and this place in particular,” says Cicilline. “When I was Mayor of Providence, I spent a lot of my time on the streets at City Hall. Now at Clementine I want to create a space where people feel welcome, whether they connect and socialize with friends, take a break from a busy day at work, or enjoy a cocktail before crossing the street to watch a show at Trinity Representative.”

Hours of operation will be 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday through Saturday. Clémentine will be closed on Sunday.

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