Polly Wants More than Crackers at the Purple Parrot!
|The Purple Parrot, a brand new Rehoboth restaurant is up and running at the spot formerly home to Oscars, at 247 Rehoboth Avenue. Parrot owners Hugh Fuller and Troy Roberts, who also own Rehoboths popular Iguana Grill, didnt officially open their new eatery May 5, but the huge party they threw on Saturday, May 1 is what kicked off their latest venture.
So whats this Parrot all about? "Were going to be a place for Class A food and service without the white table cloths," says Hugh. "Were keeping it casual and fun." The Caribbean-influenced menu, the work of chef Sonny Porter, has the Purple Parrot promising a wide variety of fare.
Judging by the fabulous party crowd on May 1, the place is off to a fast start. Hundreds of Rehoboth business owners, city officials, friends, and family descended on the Purple Parrot for dinner, drinks, and music. What the guests found was a complete transformation of the former restaurant site into a wildly painted, outrageously decorated place, complete with murals and artwork covering every possible surface. It was all the handiwork of artist Matt Willey of Washington, DC and New York, whose bold, bright, playful style is a perfect match for the Parrots plan of great food and good times.
"Matt painted every square inch of the place," says Hugh, and that includes the floors and ceilings. The artwork ranges from bright geometric shapes to whimsical portraits of the restaurant owners, their Yellow Lab Toby (whos painted lying in front of the fireplace as well as having a cocktail on the ceiling), well-known Rehoboth faces, Hollywood-inspired dcor and a heavy emphasis on the tropics. Its got to be seen to be believed!
With the Purple Parrot menu slated to feature Prime Rib, Seafood and tropics-inspired entrees, last weeks party-goers sampled an exquisite selection of crab, shrimp and other appetizer items, as well as sizzling carving board prime rib.
Combining their introductory night with some community spirit, the Purple Parrot also hosted a raffle, with proceeds going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
For now, the Purple Parrot will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, going to 7 days by Memorial Day. Lunch will be served (Fridays and Saturdays, plus Sunday brunch) at tables outside and upstairs in the well-named Birdcage Room. Dinner will be served in the main part of the large restaurant.
So how did Hugh and Troy come up with the concept for the Purple Parrot? According to Hugh, they were originally going to have an upscale steakhouse, but right after settlement on the property, they took off for a vacation in the Caribbeanand the rest is recent history. They noticed that the places with fun-sounding namesafter pirates, birds or other tropical sightswere packed all the time. The fine-dining sedate-sounding spots were not. Sooo upon their return they did an 11 week marathon to turn their new restaurant into the outrageously painted Purple Parrot. Exhausted but happy, Hugh and Troy want to thank everyone who helped to get the place ready and make the opening party such a success. "What a wonderful mix of people!" says Hugh. "It was amazing."
With the summer season beginning, the Purple Parrot will be a great addition to the Rehoboth restaurant scene. And with the goodies the chef has in store, you better believe that youll do a heck of a lot more than just eat like a bird in this brand new birdcage.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 9, No. 4, May 7, 1999