Rusgrove family takes over old Foodies building

Published on Monday, 26 July 2021 13:40


BRISTOL – The Rusgrove family, who own Parkside Café, Main Street Pint & Plate and Pure Foods, have now taken over the former Foodies/Super Natural building at 224 N. Main St., aiming to open a new restaurant there this fall.

The large building has been empty since Foodies closed earlier this year. JR Rusgrove and his wife Leanne announced via social media that renovations will be underway in the near future.

“We are very excited to give this amazing building a whole new look and to give our beautiful city another incredible dining option,” said Rusgrove.

In the weeks to come, Rusgrove said that additional information will be revealed via Facebook and Instagram.

“We have a lot of work to do and the sooner we get it done, the quicker we can open our doors to you, your family and friends,” said Rusgrove.

Justin Malley, the city’s economic development director, praised the strong partnership that has been built between the city and the Rusgrove family.

“Good economic development is based on establishing and maintaining strong partnerships with good businesses and, most importantly, great people,” he said. “The City is excited to continue its partnership with JR and Leanne Rusgrove and their staff while bringing energy to downtown Bristol.”

Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said that she and members of the city council were both “thrilled” to learn that JR and Leanne have signed the lease on the former Super Natural and Foodies space.

“I really believe that this third time is the charm based on the track record that they have established with their other restaurants,” said Zoppo-Sassu. “The Economic & Community Development Commission has been keyed in to high profile vacancies and making a concerted effort to match them with tenants. Justin showed that place several times and it is our hope that we can continue to work with those other interested parties to find them other suitable spaces in Bristol.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 26 July 2021 13:40. Updated: Monday, 26 July 2021 13:43.