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Fall River business receives grant to fully renovate waterfront building into new restaurant, hall



A new restaurant and entertainment spot is still on track to open at a well-known location in Fall River.

MassDevelopment issued a $125,000 grant to Primo Hospitality Solutions LLC in Fall River to fully renovate its building at 36-56 Water Street along the city’s waterfront cultural corridor – which currently features a bartending school and catering company – by adding a full-service restaurant and bar.

Renovations will include a new roof and windows, upgrades to the commercial kitchen, and the build-out of interior dining, educational, and bar spaces.

Shannon Raposo appeared in front of the Fall River Licensing Board as Primo Hospitality Solutions LLC in January requesting new All Alcohol Common Victuallers and Entertainment Licenses.

According to Raposo, the business will serve a fusion of Italian and Portuguese cuisine including pizza and other quick serve options.

Entertainment will consist of live music, a DJ or karaoke.

The hours of operation are expected to be Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

The Hall area currently seats 99 people, and the restaurant seating area holds 93 patrons.

The Water Street location was the home of Boneheads Live and Water Street Cafe. Boneheads Live closed about a year and a half ago with talks of re-opening that never materialized.

The board unanimously approved the new All Alcohol Common Victuallers and Entertainment Licenses for Primo.

An opening date for the restaurant was not released.

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  1. Gavin Shaw Lepoer

    September 19, 2023 at 7:17 am

    Why does a for profit business get a grant for 125,000? Where can I apple for the same grant for a building I will use for profit?

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