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Oak Hill Tavern's Brian Casey Named 'Restaurateur Of Year'

Brian Casey, owner of the Oak Hill Tavern on Tower Hill Road.
Brian Casey, owner of the Oak Hill Tavern on Tower Hill Road.

North Kingstown native Brian Casey has spent his entire restaurant career in North Kingstown. But his professional profile is considerably broader than the confines of our little town. Evidence? The Oak Hill Tavern owner was recently named Restaurateur of the Year by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association.

"It's a recognition for giving back to the industry and the community," said Casey. He's served as chairman of RIHA and is on the national hospitality organization's board. 

Casey, NKHS Class of '87, started out at age 15 working for Stu Tucker at Tucker Seafood. He's owned Oak Hill Tavern for 14 years and still talks daily to Tucker, who owns Duffy's Tavern on Post Road. 

He describes the Oak Hill Tavern as a neighborhood place, with lots of regulars. Families come to eat in the evening and there's live music Friday and Saturday nights (Sundays too in the summer). 

The tavern has been around "for a long time," said Casey, noting it once served as a stage coach stop. 

Congratulations, Brian!


Erin Downey-Harris December 31, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Awesome! Congrats!!
Ed Renehan January 01, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Love this place.
wickfordite January 01, 2014 at 06:21 PM
great job to brian,, but the people who nominated him, have not eaten at the oakhill tavern lately,,
Diane Andrade January 02, 2014 at 08:42 AM
We love the place. And the food is always good.
CompassCarrier January 02, 2014 at 11:35 AM
We used to like to go here and sit at the bar and have dinner. But the ---how to put this politely-- serial "overimbibers" who took up 6-8 seats at the bar made us stop going.
NK Parent January 02, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Congratulations. Been to Oak Hill Tavern a bunch of times and with the exception of a particularly hot summer day when their AC clearly wasn't up to the task we've always had a wonderful time and enjoyed the food. The waitstaff is particularly nice too.
Silent majority January 02, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Always felt comfortable in there whether having a quick beer or putting some chicken wings in the kids...congrats!
Rebecca Moniz January 02, 2014 at 06:58 PM
Congratulations Brian. Awesome restaurant, hometown feel. Wonderful employer.

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