Some patrons sipped gourmet, sustainably-sourced coffee, while others munched on fruits, nuts, olives, crackers, and other items on custom-made charcuterie boards.
“I’m not going to lie: I came here because it’s Ashley and Jared and wanted to meet them, but I will be back because this place is awesome,” said Jenna Felger, 22, retail manager at Pawtucket. “It has such a cozy and intimate feel – and this pumpkin spice muffin and chai latte is so good. “
Felger wasn’t the only one hoping to spot – and maybe even snap a photo with – Haibon and his wife, Ashely Iaconetti, who met on the set of ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2015 and hooked up. married four years later.
“I was totally fan-girling when I met them earlier in the week when they smoothly opened,” said Lisa Horovitz, 54, a workers’ compensation expert from Cranston. “I wanted to come back with my friends today so they can see this place and meet them too. They are so nice.
“I love love – I read romance novels, I watch Hallmark Channel movies… and their story is such a beautiful love story,” added Horovitz, a mother of two grown sons.
Allison Devaney, 24, who lives in Stamford, Connecticut, attended the opening with two friends. In addition to wanting to support the business, Devaney said she hoped to tell Haibon and Iaconetti how much she “loved to see their relationship grow and how open and real they were.”
“I think a lot of people can understand the ups and downs of their relationship,” said Devaney, a financial public relations specialist. “Their love story … it gives people hope.”
Haibon, 33, and Iaconetti, also 33, had hoped to open Audrey’s in September, but setbacks with shipping, licensing, “and wanting to make sure everything was ready on all fronts” created delays. said Haibon.
“Jared was a little too ambitious” with the scheduled opening date, said Iaconetti, who prepared charcuterie boards on Saturday afternoon as Haibon took care of everything from food and drink preparation to cooking. taking customer orders.
While the couple, who are expecting their first child in February – and closing their first home (in West Greenwich) next week – are thrilled with the excitement over Audrey’s opening, they are, as said. Iaconetti, “looking forward to things getting better and more streamlined.
“We’re a little overwhelmed, but so happy with the feedback we’ve received from everyone,” she said. “I give Jared a lot of credit. He worked so hard to make this happen and he hired some great people – mostly college students – from nearby Rhode Island University.
Business owners at the South County Commons shopping and dining complex said they were happy to have Audrey’s in the neighborhood.
“It creates traffic during the day for coffee and later for drinks,” said Jim Fusaro, owner of the Flatfish Cottage gift shop. “It’s good for everyone, and because we’re so close to them, it’s great for us.”