Could the Barn Owl reopen?

  • Jim Kilroy opened the Barn Owl, a bakery and cafe in the old country store in the center of Warwick, in September 2016. Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Friday, January 05, 2018

WARWICK — A request to renew the Barn Owl’s beer and wine license was approved by the Selectboard Tuesday, though board members wondered if it would be put to use in 2018.

The Barn Owl, which opened in September of 2016 under the ownership of Jim Kilroy, has been inexplicably closed for months, leading Selectman Jim Erviti to wonder why Kilroy would seek renewal.

“They want to keep the option open,” Town Coordinator David Young said, looking down at his paperwork. “A note here (from Kilroy) says ‘Closed for winter,’ which I’m hoping is sooner than not.”

Kilroy could not be reached by press time regarding if the restaurant, which is Warwick’s only restaurant with the exception of the Copper Angel Pizzeria and Bakery that is open on Thursdays, would reopen.

Residents are hopeful the restaurant might return, having enjoyed going there when it was open.

“I think people really enjoy having it there and hopefully the fact that they want to renew the license means they have plans to reopen it,” resident Tom Wyatt said.

“I certainly enjoyed going to the Barn Owl when it was open,” added resident Ted Cady.

Wyatt said the restaurant offered tasty food and routine entertainment while giving Warwick residents a place to gather and attracting nonresidents to town.