The Block Island Times

Sharky's restaurant changes hands

By Stephanie Turaj | Mar 10, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis G.R. Sharky's

G.R. Sharky’s, a Corn Neck Road family restaurant that is popular in the summer and often stays open into the fall and early winter, has a new owner.

On Tuesday, March 5, Greg Kyte officially purchased the establishment from previous co-owners Gary Censorio and Rich Tretheway, who have managed Sharky’s for about 17 years.

“I’ve been in the restaurant business for a long time and this is an opportunity that comes not too often out here, so Rich and I had a very long talk about it,” said Kyte at a Town Council meeting. “We both feel that it’s, for both parties, beneficiary.”

Kyte told the Times that he’s in the planning process to open up for service this summer. He plans to add more local seafood to the menu, but he won’t change everything about the restaurant. His favorite dish on the menu, the gorgonzola tortellini, will remain.

“People love Sharky’s for a lot of reasons,” said Kyte. “I want to hold onto that, and I have my ideas on what I want to do, too.”

Kyte has been a bartender at The Beachead, also on Corn Neck Road. He also has worked as a bartender in Colorado. Previously, he traveled between the two locations, Block Island and Colorado, but he’s excited to establish year-round roots on the island.

“I spent every summer of my life here,” he said. “I always told myself I’d be in one spot, and I love Block Island.”

On Monday, March 4, the Town Council, acting as the Board of License Commissioners, approved 4-0 to transfer a BV (beer, wine and spirits) liquor license to Kyte.

At the meeting, Second Warden Ken Lacoste commended the outgoing owners. “You guys have done a great job providing family fare, fun atmosphere and, from year to year, quality, consistent service. I just wanted to say thank you,” Lacoste said.

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