Restaurants like Greggâ€™s in East Providence expect large crowds on Sunday as children take their moms out for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Motherâ€™s Day. The Times/Joseph B. Nadeau
Michelle Decelles always knew Motherâ€™s Day to be a big day at the Coachmenâ€™s Lodge Restaurant she and her husband, Norman, run at 273 Wrentham Road in Bellingham.
It was a big day for the restaurant but Decelles never fully understood why people wanted to take their Momâ€™s out on that day until she became a Mom six years ago.
â€śI donâ€™t think I realized what motherhood really was until I became a mother myself,â€ť she said while working at the restaurant this week.
Decelles had her son, Norman, 6, later in life and with some extra effort, and now knows motherhood to be an exceptionally rewarding part of life.
â€śHaving a child puts it in a whole different perspective,â€ť she said while calling Normanâ€™s arrival in her life â€śa miracle to me.â€ť
As she took reservations for Motherâ€™s Day on Sunday â€” one of the busiest holidays of the year at the Coachmenâ€™s â€” Decelles could not forget her role in Normanâ€™s life and spent a few minutes talking to him on the phone about a special event at Mercy Mount Country Day School scheduled for the following day. It was a â€śTea and Danishâ€ť function for the kids and their Moms and Decelles said she wouldnâ€™t think of missing it.
As she has for the past 30 years, Decelles will be spending Mother Dayâ€™s at the restaurant working with her husband helping other area families to enjoy their momâ€™s special day.
â€śItâ€™s always very busy â€” non-stop â€” because moms are special,â€ť she said. â€śThey give of themselves all day and it is a day to remember Mom and give her day off,â€ť Decelles said.
The Coachmenâ€™s Lodge prepares a special Motherâ€™s Day menu selected by its Executive Chef Gianfranco Campanella that ranges from Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus and Pork Osso Bucco to Grilled Atlantic Swordfish and Salmon on a Cedar Plank. There is also the locally popular Chicken Family-Style Dinner and an assortment of five appetizers including Oyster Rockefeller and Scampi Amalfi.
The restaurant opens for its reservation-only seating at noon and seats its last tables at 5 p.m. â€śIt is all by reservation and we know who is coming,â€ť Decelles said.
The restaurant will fill its three function rooms and three dining rooms during day and expects to serve up 900 people, she said.
As for her own special day Decelles said that will be Monday when her husband and son plan to take her out for dinner. â€śMy husband is taking me out Monday night with my son but he hasnâ€™t told me where yet,â€ť she said.
Across the state line in Woonsocket, Micheline Savini was also looking ahead to a busy Motherâ€™s Day at her familyâ€™s restaurant, Saviniâ€™s at 476 Rathbun St.
Savini and her husband, Roger, also take reservations for their seatingâ€™s between Noon and 6 p.m. but added that if â€śyou come to my restaurant and I have room for you, I will feed you. We donâ€™t turn anyone away unless we are full to capacity,â€ť she said.
Saviniâ€™s also offers a special menu on Mother Dayâ€™s and its all-you-can-eat chicken dinner for $10.95 is very popular with customers that day. People generally like to come in on Motherâ€™s Day and have their meal in a timely manner so they can go off to enjoy the rest of the day, Savini said.
Having spent Motherâ€™s Day at her restaurant for the past 33 years, Savini now sees her two daughters, Jill Savini-Moylan and Gina Savini, running their own restaurant, Ciroâ€™s Tavern on Cherry at 42 Cherry St., for a Motherâ€™s Day brunch from 10 to 3 p.m.
â€śI am working Motherâ€™s Day but Motherâ€™s Day is everyday to me so I donâ€™t get excited about it,â€ť she said.
Motherâ€™s Day is also an extra busy day at the Galito Restaurant at 214 Columbus Ave., in Pawtucket where Telmon DaSilva is co-owner.
Galito offers traditional Portuguese dishes and American cuisine such as Ensopado de Marisco, shrimp, littlenecks, mussels, scallops, crab and lobster and Bife a Chefe, a 12-oz Angus Steak cooked in a special sauce. The restaurant will open on Motherâ€™s Day at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.
â€śIt is the busiest day of the year for just about everybody,â€ť DaSilva said while noting his restaurant is also expecting a full list of reservations. â€śReserve ahead, it is always your best bet,â€ť he said. Galito reserves tables as large as 20 and as small as serving two diners, he said.
Although working, DaSilva said he plans to have his wife, Maria, and their children come to have dinner at the restaurant during the day. It is what you have to do on a special holiday in the business. â€śWe are pretty much sold out every year,â€ť he said.
Spumoniâ€™s Restaurant at 1537 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, plans to serve its full menu of Italian cuisine and seafood Motherâ€™s Day but Colin Heroux, a host for the restaurant, recommends parties of five or more make a reservation 24 hours in advance. Parties of less than five can use the restaurantâ€™s call-ahead system to put their names in the system before they arrive to speed the seating process. â€śIt doesnâ€™t guarantee a reservation but it does reduce your wait time,â€ť Heroux said. In addition to the full menu offerings for Motherâ€™s Day, Spumoniâ€™s will also be giving a free mini dessert to all moms on Motherâ€™s Day, Heroux said.
Although taking mom out on Motherâ€™s Day can mean a full dinner in a restaurant, Greggs Restaurant at 1303 North Main St. at the Providence-Pawtucket line, is also offering breakfast this year before the lunch and dinner menu begins at noon, according to Andrew Downing, a Greggâ€™s dining room supervisor.
â€śWe are actually completely full for breakfast and are taking reservations for lunch and dinner starting at noon,â€ť he said. The restaurant, one of four in the Greggs chain, just started offering breakfast along with the Greggs in North Kingstown. The East Providence and Warwick Greggs will be adding breakfast in near future, he said.
Downing expects the restaurant to be busy all day Motherâ€™s Day until closing time at 11 p.m. â€śMotherâ€™s Day is pretty jamming all day,â€ť he said. â€śIt is one of our busiest days of the year,â€ť Downing said.
And for those looking for a simple meal out with mom on Motherâ€™s Day, even breakfast, there is Katrinaâ€™s Country Kitchen and Pub at 502 Roosevelt Ave, Central Falls.
Tony Leiter, 63, runs the business with his wife, Diana, and offers a full breakfast menu beginning at 6 a.m.
Leiter said he believes you have to keep your business hours even on holidays like Motherâ€™s Day when people traditionally go out to eat at larger places like Greggâ€™s.
â€śYouâ€™ve got to make a living and we are here in a depressed city, Central Falls,â€ť he said. â€śCentral Falls is just coming back from bad times,â€ť Leiter said of the difficulties businesses in the community have been facing.
â€śIf you close, and people come by and itâ€™s closed, they are going to find another place to go to,â€ť he said.
Katrinaâ€™s Country Kitchen & Pub is named for Dianaâ€™s daughter, Katrina Malouin, who died in an accident at the age of 7. Leiter said the name helps Diana keep the memory of her daughter with her all the time.
The restaurant also offers its lunch and pub menu on Sundayâ€™s and makes it a family atmosphere with karaoke for the kids beginning at 2 p.m., Leiter said. Diana has a daughter, Tabatha, 13, and the couple a daughter together, Ashley-Nicole, as wells as Leiterâ€™s two grown children, Melissa and Tony III.
With his own mom passing 14 years ago, Leiter said Motherâ€™s Day is now a day for his wife to enjoy. â€śTo anybody who comes in, itâ€™s Happy Motherâ€™s Day,â€ť Leiter said.