New Business: Tigerfish: A preview

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:15am

Brenna and Ross Audino, owners of Poor People’s Pub on Ocean Avenue, will be taking over the space previously occupied by the Old Island Pub. We thought it would be a good time for a little preview of Tigerfish, which will be offering Asian cuisine and open in May.

We had a brief chat with co-owner Brenna Audino about the new establishment:

BIT: How did you decide on what kind of cuisine you wanted to offer?

A: Years back, Ross spent a winter cooking at a Pan Asian restaurant in Telluride where his interest in learning more about Asian cuisines peaked. We spent some winters traveling throughout Southeast Asia and fell in love with the culture, the people and, of course, the food. Our menu is influenced by our favorite flavors from those travels in Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Korea as well as Chinese and Japanese cuisines. 

BIT: Is this a different kind of food from what other restaurants offer on Block Island?

A: Yes. Absolutely. We intend to use both standard and exotic ingredients in new and creative ways. It will be innately different, in that it is going to be our own take on some classic Asian dishes. 

BIT. How did you come up with the name, Tigerfish?

A: In various Asian cultures, tigers symbolize strength and courage. The koi fish represents good fortune, longevity and perseverance. The combination of the two seemed a perfect representation for our new restaurant. We worked with Jen Glinch Guertin, a local artist from Anchor Steam Tattoo, to develop our artwork. She created an incredible image for us that brings the name TigerFish to life. 

BIT: When do you hope to open?

A: We are planning on opening in May!

BIT: What is the appeal of owning a restaurant on Block Island?

A: We are here because of the community. We love our friends, our extended island family, and the beautiful place that we live. These are the reasons that we are willing to put our best foot forward here on the island despite the adversity and challenges. It is no secret that the island can make running any business more difficult. We have a very short amount of time to make money, our expenses are astronomically higher, and housing for ourselves and staff is virtually nil. That being said, we are willing to accept those challenges and take them head on because of this community. We hope that we can bring something special to the people of this town.

Interview conducted and edited by Lars Trodson.