Barry S. Crowley - In
Super Barr . . .
Captain's Hat . . .
#88-holding . . .
fantastic pass-blocker . .
never knows where he is . . .
or where he's going . . .
Betty . . . Web
Barry lives in Newport where he manages a dock
construction business that does work all over Narragansett Bay.
Left: Picture of
Barry taken at BBQ for Tim
at Bill Winthrop's house on July 5, 2011
Landmark Newport restaurant Christie's sold for $6.7 million
Providence Journal - June 22, 2006
NEWPORT -- Christie's of Newport, the city's oldest waterfront restaurant, has been sold to Campbell Soup heiress Dorrance H. Hamilton for $6.7 million.
The purchase agreement was signed yesterday afternoon, ending months of speculation about the future of the Thames Street restaurant that's been a fixture for tourists and residents for more than 60 years.
802 Partners LLC, of Delaware, a family trust established by Hamilton, is listed as the buyer in the deal, which was recorded yesterday and includes $26,616 in tax stamps.
Paul Fleming, a spokesman for the company, said the restaurant, which closed for business last week, will remain closed indefinitely. The marina, which will undergo improvements over the next few weeks, should reopen by the end of next month and offer limited food and beverage service to marina patrons.
Fleming said the Christie's building could serve yachts visiting the marina, but plans were indefinite. Whatever its new purpose, the building will reopen in 18 months to two years.
"They're currently evaluating alternatives," he said.
The nine Crowley siblings, the former owners, have been tightlipped about plans for the property since they told employees that they had a new buyer last month.
The former owners, who put the restaurant on the market in 2005 with a $12.5-million asking price, had signed a purchase agreement with New York developer Stephen Glascock, who is the husband of Hamilton's niece, in September.
That plan fell through in April, and Christie's 150 employees were assured that the restaurant would be open through the summer. Proceeding with normal summer preparations, the staff hired additional seasonal workers, made private party reservations, and scheduled more than 20 bands.
When the owners said they had a new buyer last month, the fate of the employees, the bands, the parties, and of food and liquor vendors dependent on the restaurant became uncertain. In an effort to secure their jobs, employees signed a petition pleading for the owners to stay open through the summer and circulated another petition to local businesses.
"Give the Christie's family a chance to earn a living this summer, and the community a chance to bid farewell to this treasured landmark," the employees said in a release.
Told there was nothing the Crowley's could do, employees scoured the city to find new summer jobs while patrons adjusted to the news that the restaurant many find synonymous with Newport is closing.
Christie's, which opened in 1945, closed its indoor dining area last week, but the bar remained open until Sunday.
Yesterday afternoon, a handful of remaining employees filled a nearby bin with debris and placed a metal fence around the property. A sign posted to the fence read, "Christie's is closed."
Zachary Green, 18, and Christopher Napoli, 20, who worked as dock boys, swept plastic cups and other garbage into a bin behind the restaurant.
"Right now, I'm just looking for jobs," said Green, who had worked there for five years and has a line on a bar job at another restaurant.
Napoli, who is also looking for work, said he and other employees were caught off-guard by the closing.
"What are you gonna do?" he said.
Obituary - Barry S. Crowley
1952 - 2017
Barry Crowley turned 65 this year, joining his childhood friends in
qualifying for Medicare.
Raised by Frank (Mike) and Elizabeth (Betty) Crowley, restaurateurs who
had nine children and a milk machine to corral, Barry capitalized on the
freedom of being the middlest child – but he usually returned home in time
for mandatory dinner.
Barry loved music, traveling, and being on the water. You could catch him
by Hazard’s, eating lobster with his grandson Lochiel, or taking friends out
for wild Newport boat rides. A true gentleman, something he learned from his
father, Barry was a source of comfort and humor for the women in his life.
In addition to working in construction, Barry loved managing Christie’s, and
was loved by his Christie’s Crew in return.
Barry is survived by his daughter Heather Crowley Paris (Dan), who he’ll
miss watching the last Game of Thrones season with; his son Eric Crowley;
his grandchildren Lochiel McDonald, Lilly, Bella, and Chris Connerton, who
knew him simply as Boopie; and his loyal sister Sheila, who always had his
back, as he had hers. He will also be missed by scores of childhood friends.
In peace, he has joined his parents, siblings, and dearly loved daughter
Services are private. Memories can be shared at http://oneillhayes.com.
Donations in Barry’s memory can be made to Make-A-Wish Mass & RI, One
Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114, or by visiting www.massri.wish.org,
an organization that gave his music-loving son, Eric enough CDs for two