June 28, 2018
REVIEW: BACK 40 Olivia Culpo's North Kingstown restaurant is all about retro comfort food and family dinners. Back 40 came to Rhode Island with a lot of fanfare: Not only did it have Olivia Culpo’s name attached to it, it became tangentially connected to the Patriots, catching the attention of anyone who eats. Though Culpo’s father, Peter, has substantive restaurant experience, Back 40 had a shaky start dealing with the onslaught of attention and went back to the drawing board in its first month to hone its image and expectations. The building is large and pastoral; it looms like a big red barn on South County Trail, just down the road from Schartner Farms. It’s possible that the initial glitch had something to do with a crisis of identity — a restaurant that was told it was famous and should appear so when, in fact, its goal was always a simple life on the range... Read More
February 2, 2018
Comfort Food for the Win. Back 40 finds the sweet spot with feel-good foods.During the cold winter months, comfort food is what we crave – and Back 40, which opened last fall, offers some of the best in Southern Rhode Island.Back 40 was opened by Rhode Island celebrity Olivia Culpo, a former Miss Universe and Miss USA born and raised in Cranston who teamed up with her restaurateur father, Peter Culpo, cousin Josh Culpo, and business partner Justin Dalton-Ameen... Read More
January 2, 2018
New Dining in South County. Resolve to try something different with eight new restaurants you should add to your must-try list for 2018. #1. Back 40, the famed spot co-owned by Olivia Culpo, was one of 2017’s most anticipated restaurant openings. The former Miss Universe teamed up with her father, her cousin and their business partner to bring next-level dining to North Kingstown. Named for the back 40 acres of a farm, considered to be remote and untamed, the restaurant is designed to look like a renovated barn, complete with red paneling and big barn doors...
August 30, 2017
Olivia Culpo may travel the world as a model and brand ambassador, but for her newest venture, she’s all about family, food, and home. And you’re invited.The Miss Universe winner has teamed up with her restaurant-savvy family to bring Back 40, a relaxed venue focused on comfort food with the occasional twist, to their home state of Rhode Island. “It’s hometown, country-style, all-American cuisine,” Culpo, a former Boston University student, told Boston.com. “It’s going to be big and welcoming.”...
August 27, 2017
Olivia Culpo opens a restaurant in Rhode Island. Olivia Culpo at Liaison Lounge in Los Angeles Aug. 17. Model, musician, and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpohas opened a restaurant with her family in Rhode Island. The Cranston native announced via Instagram that Back 40 in North Kingstown would be ready for the public Tuesday night. There was an event at the restaurant Monday, she said, but it was a “soft opening for friends and family (basically where everyone tells us what they like/don’t like on the menu).” ...
Aug 28, 2017
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The new restaurant and bar Back 40 opened Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 20 South Country Trail in North Kingstown, at routes 2 and 102.Former Miss USA and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo teamed up with her father, Peter Culpo, cousin Joshua Culpo and business partner Justin Dalton-Ameen. The latter two, both with roots in Rhode Island, have owned and operated Lulu’s Allston since 2014. Peter Culpo owns several bars and restaurants in Boston, including The Hill Tavern in Beacon Hill, Woody’s Grill and Tap in the Fenway, and both Parish Cafes in the city.
Jul 18, 2017
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The Back 40 in North Kingstown has an executive chef on board who optimistically predicts a mid-August opening. The Back 40′s executive chef optimistically predicts a mid-August debut...
Jan 22, 2016
Cranston native Olivia Culpo is now living in Los Angeles, but she’s investing her money close to home. The former Miss Universe will have a minority ownership in a new restaurant concept called Back 40 expected to open in North Kingstown this spring. She is part of a small group of investors -- including her father, Boston restaurateur Peter Culpo... Read More
Nov 19, 2016
After lengthy discussion Tuesday evening, the North Kingstown Planning Commission approved modifications regarding parking, signage and building design to AMPO Inc.’s development plan review application for redesigning... Read More
Jan 21, 2016
The former Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, will have a minority ownership share in a new restaurant venture at Wicked Fish in North Kingstown. The liquor license of Wicked Fish, 20 South County Trail, is scheduled to be transferred to AMPO Inc. during the Jan. 25 North Kingstown Town... Read More