Last time i was at the Wharf Tavern (Warren, RI) was Thanksgiving weekend for my birthday. I thought things were a bit amiss when they had completely run out of lobster dinners by the time we got there (7 PM on a Saturday evening?) but the place was busy with private parties, so I figured that was the cause of the problem.
I was going to go last night, but the phone was disconnected when I called to make reservations. Later on, I was telling a friend of mine (who works at another restaurant in that area) and she told me The Wharf closed for good last Thusrday. She heard (via her boss) it had to do with 'back taxes' and there were no plans to reopen any time soon.
I'm sorry to see this place shutter, since the new owners tried rather hard to improve it over the past few years. They introduced a whole new 'lobster menu' this past year which was delicious and affordable. They had hired new staff (our waiter was hunky, I must say!) which improved the service tremendously. The location was wonderful. Our waiter told us that they were pretty much booked for December with Christmas parties and New Year's Eve.
Now two longtime landmarks in that town (the other being the "Nathaniel Porter Inn") have closed for good in the past year or so, Sad news to hear!