UPDATED: Award-Winning Chef Closing Rhode Island Restaurant

Sunday, December 27, 2020


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Eli’s Kitchen owner Eli Dunn made the announcement on Saturday. Photo: IG Video

One of Rhode Island’s top chefs, Eli Dunn, owner of Eli’s Kitchen in Warren, announced Saturday that he is closing the restaurant. 

Dunn, who won the Food Network show “Chopped” in 2018, said that one of his top chefs is going to be taking over the restaurant space on Market Street under a new name in the new year. 

WATCH: “Chopped” Winner Dunn Recaps His Victory on GoLocal LIVE


As for Dunn, who grew up in the kitchen with his mother at Phoebe’s in Seekonk, he says he plans to keep cooking — and to stay tuned. 

Closing Announcement

Dunn announced the following on Saturday. 

“I know many of you have been wondering what the future for Eli’s Kitchen holds,”  said Dunn.  

“As you know over the last several months, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to source responsibly, cook with love, and share with others in a new and exciting way, through micro-catering, private chef events, and most recently, virtual cooking classes,” he said. “I’ve been able to be of service outside of four physical walls, and it’s been a game-changer for me.”

“So to continue with this new momentum, I’m making the extremely difficult decision to close Eli’s Kitchen,” said Dunn. “My restaurant has had great success over the years and I’ve personally loved to be able to cook for each and every one of you.”

Dunn said that his chef Sam and partner Joanna are taking over the location and launching their own restaurant in the next few months. 

“I know I’m leaving this space in good hands and even though it will have a different name, a different menu, Sam and Joanna are committed to caring on the legacy of good old southern hospitality of Eli’s Kitchen,” said Dunn.

Dunn told customers he has big plans for the new year. 

“I can’t wait to cook for you again in 2021,” he said. 

Gift Cards

On Saturday, Eli’s Kitchen wrote a post addressing those who had purchased gift cards for the restaurant. 

“I’m so sorry to everyone who purchased or has a gift certificate to Eli’s Kitchen!

Please email me at [email protected] for either a refund or instructions for using the gift card for my new offerings!”

This story was first published 12/26/20 5:26 PM

Updated Sunday 7:26 AM



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