The Ferris Family & Venus de Milo’s History

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Founded by Monsour Ferris in 1959, Venus de Milo has withstood the test of time, transforming itself from a bowling alley into a multi-faceted banquet facility and restaurant that has hosted countless weddings and family celebrations, galas, fundraisers and corporate events. Monsour Ferris built his business on quality, value and a commitment to service; a commitment that extended from the restaurant to the community, building a legacy of civic, educational and charity involvement that continued through his sons, Ronald and Monte.

The second Ferris generation built on the dreams of their father, garnishing acclaim for their food (Top honors in both The Boston Harbor Chowder Fest and The Newport’s Chowder Cook-off; Emeril Lagasse’s “best baked-stuffed lobster in Southern New England”), recognition for their business success (top ten restaurants in New England Forbes Magazine 1987, top ten largest restaurants in the US), and community recognition for their civic involvement (both Monsour and Monte were named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the Fall River Chamber of Commerce, becoming the first father and son to hold that honor, among many other honors for service).

Today Venus de Milo continues to serve the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Monte Ferris sees the future of The Venus in his children, Monte Jr.,Lauren and Jon.

Venus de Milo and Rhode Island

Venus de Milo may be located just over the border in Massachusetts, but it has always served Providence, RI and the surrounding communities, and continues to support Rhode Island’s causes and economy. To date, Venus de Milo has served over 1 million lobsters purchased from Newport Rhode Island fishermen, as well as fresh fish and locally grown produce from Rhode Island. Every year The Venus buys hundreds of turkeys from Rhode Island farms for our holiday buffets and take-out meals. Not to mention the dozens of Ocean State residents employed at The Venus and our sister companies: The Somerset Quality Inn and Jillian’s Sports Bar.

Venus de Milo is a proud supporter of Rhode Island’s hospitals, educational institutions, unions and charities. Member of The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, The East Providence Chamber of Commerce and The Rhode Island Hospitality Association.