Today we’d like to introduce you to Troop PVD.
Troop, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
In Feb 2017, Revival Brewery Owner and Operator Sean Larkin was approached by Armory properties about an upcoming vacancy at 60 Valley St in Providence. Laughing Gorilla Catering at the time consisted of Sean, Leigh Vincola, and Jason Timothy aka JT. JT was LG’s executive chef and Leigh was co-owner handling the business details and planning. LG had been running a successful catering company for over a year and were recently wrapping up their 6-month pop-up restaurant at Kitchen of which a great buzz was generated and left people wondering – what was next for LG?
In parallel, Sean and Chris Simonelli had been leisurely brainstorming bar and restaurant concepts and trying to dream up ideas that would be a good fit for RI and specifically Providence. Chris is long time Providence resident and a Director at a local technology company in Providence. Through this outlet Chris has traveled to over 25+ countries which opened his eyes to many great and unique restaurants around the globe. Sean and Chris often spent time discussing what is lacking in Providence and how they could create something new and exciting for the city. Some of these best discussions were held on the beaches of Costa Rica. Sean saw an opportunity here to pull LG and Chris together to see if a synergy could unfold that might work for 60 Valley St.
Together with JT’s culinary skills and industry experience, Sean’s industry and operating skills, Leigh’s planning and marketing proficiencies paired with Chris’s business and technical skills – the dream team was now established! After months of internal discussions as well as negotiations with landlords, various Banks, lawyers, etc., the newly established team decided to move forward! Laughing Gorilla had now expanded and a pack of Gorillas is often called a “Troop”.
The idea behind Troop was to create an innovative, lively, inviting, and unique experience like no other that existed in Providence. Troop wanted to listen to our neighbors, friends, and residents of the West Side to see what it is that they are looking for and how we could provide such demands in our own unique style. We knew what was important to us – great food, great drinks, cool vibe, casual neighborhood atmosphere and most importantly serving the local residents and businesses while also attracting new visitors to this historic West Side neighborhood.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Troop is an elevated street casual restaurant that has its roots in street food from around the world. Inspired by the golden age of hip hop, as well as street culture for aesthetic inspiration. Troop is fast, fun, fresh, and familiar. Our philosophy is simple: great food, a cool vibe, and interesting cocktails at a great price. In our scratch kitchen we support local farms and producers whenever possible and always have a good time. We have lots of love for our little state.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
There is so much great food in Providence. There is a creative explosion and we are happy to be a part of it. We need to all support each other rather than compete with each other in order to do our part to make Providence thrive.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Troop is located on 60 Valley Street. Providence, RI 02909: Our hours are as follows:
Mon – 12pm – 1am
Tues – 5pm- 1am (closed lunch)
Wed – Thurs -12pm-1am
Fri -Sat – 12pm-2am
Sunday – 11am – 1am
- Address: 60 Valley St, Providence RI 02909
- Website: www.trooppvd.com
- Phone: 4014732900
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: trooppvd
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trooppvd
- Twitter: @trooppvd
Stacy Doyle and Hensley Carrasco