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Executive Chef Paul Shire

Executive Chef Paul Shire

Paul Shire came onto the local food scene in 1990, when he and Anthony Salemme opened the DownCity Diner to much critical acclaim. That concept evolved into DownCity Food + Cocktails. Eventually Shire moved on to open and operate Oak, another popular restaurant located on the East Side, for six years. After a bit of traveling, Shire returned to New England, specifically to York, Maine, to help his aunt open Blue Sky. His aunt is Lydia Shire, the famous Boston restaurateur. Most recently, he was the chef at Andreas on Thayer Street in Providence.

Shire has been cooking since he was 13. Cooking is definitely in his blood – his great grandfather was the chef to the king of Egypt. Prior to DownCity, Shire gained experience at other highly successful restaurants: Biba in Boston, Angels in Providence, Spain in Cranston and Narragansett. Shire is a graduate of Providence Country Day School, Gould Academy, and Nichols College. He resides in Providence.

Upcoming Events

Tony Cipola Jazz Trio
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Book Signing with Linda Beaulieu
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Book Signing with Linda Beaulieu

4 Course Tasting Menu $45

Providence & Rhode Island Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from The Ocean State
Book Signing with Linda Beaulieu
Tuesday October 28th, 6:00pm

First Course:
Spinach, Fennel and Orange Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Shaved Parmesan.
~ Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand

Second Course:
Eggplant Patties with Zippy Marinara Sauce.
~ Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir – Santa Barbara

Third Course:
Sautéed Meatloaf with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Crispy Fried Onions.
~ Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa


Oven Poached Haddock and Shrimp in a Tomato/Saffron Broth with Olives, Bell Peppers and Onions over Soft Polenta.
~ Chateau Blaignan – Medoc

Lemon/Poppy-Seed Bread Pudding with Blueberry Compote and Chantilly Cream.
~ Sofia Blanc de Blanc- California

Tony Cipola Jazz Trio
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tony Cipola Jazz Trio
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm