Trafford Restaurant opened in June 2011 by William Kane, Margauerite Kane, and RussellGoyette. In November 2012 Russell Goyette took full control of restaurant operations and things have been soaring ever since. Russell was nice enough to meet with me for this write up and provide an inside look at his pride and joy beautifully located on waterfront in Warren’s historic district. From our conversation it was clear to see his passion for the restaurant and the people who work there.
When I mentioned I’ve heard good things about the restaurant Russell replied “a company is only as good as the people it employs.” Most of the employees at Trafford have been there for several years. There is a family like atmosphere among staff and he has a very hands-on approach to running the business. Throughout our discussion multiple employees stopped by to check in and comfortably ask him questions. Many of his workers will be heading back to college soon and although he’s not thrilled about being short staffed he’s proud of how smart they are. Many of his workers have been there since they were in high school and he’s enjoyed watching them grow into young adults with promising futures.
I asked how he’d classify the style of food they make and he replied simply “fresh”. From the quality cuts of meat to the produce to the fish right off the docks; Trafford puts an emphasis on using only fresh, mainly locally sourced, ingredient’s. In addition to the exceptional food the location of this venue is top notch.
Trafford has a large sunset facing deck on the water in the back with a bar and plenty of dining tables, a spacious inside dining area with large windows and an upstairs with addition seating and another bar. The upstairs can be rented for private functions (seats 60 comfortably for sit down dining and 100 for buffet style eating). It’s a popular location for baby showers, birthdays, work functions, engagement parties and other such festivities. While we were talking in his office I heard a surprise party unfold in the background, everyone sounded to be enjoying themselves very much.
This restaurant is absolutely worth checking out for a nice meal with loved ones or a drink on the deck with a beautiful panoramic view of the water. There is plenty of parking, valet provided during the busy season, and a dock slip available to customers with boats, make sure you call in advance for dock availability.
So stop by Trafford Restaurant at 285 Water St, Warren, RI and let Russell know the East Bay Chamber of Commerce sent you!