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On this page we attempt to catalog, in rough episodic order, the filming locations and local references used in the Showtime series Brotherhood.














  • The premiere episode opens on the job site of the Highway Bypass Project, filmed on the job site of the Route 195 relocation project, an actual project that took place in Providence. The object of the real project was to move the highway several hundred feet south, removing some traffic-slowing curves and opening up the waterfront for development. The slogan for the project on the show is "A New Day for Rhode Island," and the logo shows a map of the state that includes only the West Bay. Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) has to wheel and deal to prevent the spur from passing through the Hill, and eventually succeeds in sending it through Fox Point, which is a real neighborhood in Providence and, coincidentally, where the actual relocation is occurring (you can see the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in the background of the opening shot). Other neighborhoods mentioned as options for the spur's route—Mount Hope, the East Side, South Providence—don't make geographical sense. Neither does the Hill (Federal Hill), for that matter.
  • Michael Caffee (Jason Isaacs) gets off the bus in Kennedy Plaza in season 1, episode 1 (S1E1).
  • Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Cranston, is the facility where Tommy makes his speech in S1E1. It's also the setting for the big Irish wedding that is the subject of the season cliff-hanger in S1E11. Rhodes was built in 1915 and replaced an earlier venue that was destroyed by fire. The gazebo where Eileen Caffee (Annabeth Gish) chats with old friends dates from around 1880, and the spot where she shares a joint is the beginning of a 2.5-mile nature trail on the property.
  • Prior to his speech at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in S1E1, Tommy meets in a back room with Representative Donatello (Matt Servitto). It's mentioned that The Hill is where "poor folks" live, while "rich folks" live on the East Side. It's also intimated that Barrington is a wealthy community. These generalizations hold true in the real world, as well.
  • A handful of meetings take place at Olneyville New York System in the first several episodes. With the exception of those with speaking parts, all employees shown are real. ONYS is located at 18 Plainfield Street, Providence.
  • The character of U.S. Assistant District Attorney Ned Mays, introduced in the first episode, is played by Trinity Rep actor Tim Crowe. In S1E6 we learn that he's been transferred to Alabama.
  • The restaurant where Declan "Decco" Giggs (Ethan Embry) and Ralph Magno (Tony Viveiros) watch Freddie Cork (Kevin Chapman) pee off the boat in S1E1 is the Hot Club, 575 South Water Street. It's the same club where Magno says he met a "cop groupie" in S1E4.
  • Across from Symposium Books, 240 Westminster Street, downtown Providence, is where the two students are attacked by Kelly "Moe" Reilly (Billy Smith) in S1E1. It should be noted that Moe, true to his cultural, economic, and intellectual roots, drives an Iroc-Z.
  • It was reported in the Providence Journal that actors and producers took "considerable efforts to reproduce Rhode Island accents, including dialect lessons on iPods," and the results are reasonably accurate. One example from S1E1 is when Mrs. Mullin (Audrie Neenan), bragging about her five finger discounts, declares, "Those new rent-a-cops at Providence Place are friggin' retahded." Providence Place, by the way, is a real mall in Providence.
  • Sandy's Pub, where we first meet Michael's right-hand man, Pete McGonagle (Stivi Paskoski), is located at 289 Knight Street in Providence. In S1E10 we find out that Pete's apartment is across the street at the corner of Knight and Carpenter.
  • The Rhode Island State House plays a big part in Brotherhood. Tommy's office, where the House Committee on Corporations, which he chairs, supposedly meets was reported to actually be a set put together inside a former pet-food warehouse in East Providence. However, we noticed that the view outside the windows appears to be true to life, and we know for sure that filming took place at the State House, so we're unsure what to believe. One of Tommy's favorite spots for private meetings is in the gallery overlooking the House of Representatives chamber. A conversation between Tommy and Judd Fitzgerald (Len Cariou) in S1E3 takes place in the State House Library. In S1E9, the State Reception Room is the scene of the announcement about the public memorial service. Real Rhode Island state legislators, according to the Providence Journal, "took turns walking through the background of scenes—some wearing fake 'lobbyist' identification badges—or pretending to be members of the House Corporations Committee." Many of the props used—drinking glasses, flags, pens, cuff links, a credenza, lobbyist badges, chairs, pictures—were loaned by Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty and House Speaker William J. Murphy. "Several Capital Police officers also played themselves… they were on duty running the metal detector at the… front door when a scene was filmed in the entryway." In S2E1, Tommy and Judd look up from Carvalho's arrest and gaze at the painted muses on the inside of the State House dome; Judd comments, "I always liked the tits on Commercium." (It should be noted that all of the muses wear smocks that hide the details of their feminine anatomy, so one would be hard pressed to choose one muse over another based solely on their busts. Still, if we had to choose, we'd go with Justitia, because she's at least got the word right there in her name.)
  • Tommy Caffee's family and his mother, Rose (Fionnula Flanagan), live in separate Carpenter Street houses on Federal Hill in Providence. Rose's house is number 194 and Tommy's family is at 205. Interiors were reportedly filmed on sets constructed inside a former pet-food warehouse in East Providence.
  • During an interlude at Tommy Caffee's house on Carpenter Street, Tommy's assistant, Alex, mentions Richter and Quonset Streets. Richter exists and is located on Smith Hill, but there is no Quonset Street in Providence.
  • During supper at Mother Caffee's house in S1E1, the following conversation takes place: Tommy: "Yeah, well, Mayor Cianci had his faults." Mary Kate Martinson (Kerry O'Malley): "Buddy Cianci was guilty as sin." Mother Caffee: "The only thing Buddy Cianci was guilty of was bein' mayor." This very same conversation was probably had in thousands of Rhode Island households during and after Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr.'s 2002 racketeering trial.
  • Some of the television stations represented in Brotherhood are real, some are not. WTSE, Channel 44, WWEN Channel 7, and Channel 3, which can be seen on microphones in some scenes involving the press, are not real; channels 6, 10, and 12 are. During the garbage workers' strike scene in S1E3, a Channel 12 Eyewitness News truck can be seen in the background, and Tommy notes that channels 6 and 10 haven't shown up yet. In S2E2 Tommy says, "Alex [(Karl Bury)] can get Jeremy Williams at Channel 10 to crucify the bastard."
  • The Journal is mentioned a few times here and there, and characters would seem to be referring to the real-life Providence Journal, but the newspaper that Tommy shows to his brother-in-law, Jimmy Martinson (Bates Wilder), at the Olneyville New York System in S1E1 looks nothing like it.
  • The Green Bar, where Patty's (David Catanzaro) wake is held in S1E1, was a real business at the end of Westminster Street overlooking Route 10. On the show it's run by Freddie Cork, the local crime boss. In an apparent instance of real life imitating art, the Providence Journal reported in June 2007 that the Green Bar was "a major hot spot for drug deals on Federal Hill." At least two employees, caught selling drugs in the bathroom and parking lot, were arrested, and the bar was shut down for ten days. By the time this came to light, the Brotherhood production company had already built its own Green Bar interior sets for the second season in its warehouse in East Providence. Early in 2008 the bar came under new management, was renamed Westminster Public House, and the distinctive green half-timbered exterior was covered over with dark brown panels. Soon after that, it was painted black and renamed The Scurvy Dog.
  • Carpenter Mill, where Patty Mullin's sister is said to have been stabbed and thrown off the roof, is located at 299 Carpenter Street.
  • S1E2 opens with a moody dawn shot of Providence from on high, looking toward the top of the bay, followed by the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, Point Street Bridge, and Carpenter Street.
  • A couple of places that figure in S1E2 don't appear to have exact real-life counterparts: the Harris Mill (the property that Tommy is trying to sell) and Jordan Medical Associates (where Eileen's ObGyn works). Rhode Island is full of mills like the one shown, though. They are popular places for artists to set up shop, and they're also very attractive to developers with their eye on the lucrative condo market. We suspect the location used was somewhere in Olneyville. (Note: one of our readers, kayne1988, informs us it's in the complex of buildings bounded by Dike, Troy, Oak and Agnes Streets). We were unable to find the medical clinic in the Yellow Pages or online, and so we conclude it's fictional.
  • The street that Mike and Pete are driving down in S1E2, before they stop at Breen's Corner Liquors, is Valley Street in Olneyville. Scenes at Breen's (a fictional business) were shot at 118 Valley Street. Freddy Cork tells Michael in S2E1 that he closed Breen's, sold the inventory, and leased the space to "a spic hair salon." In real life the storefront became Disnalda Beauty Salon when the production was done with it.
  • Also in S1E2 we meet Judson Fitzgerald, who's described as the "man behind the curtain," the real power in Rhode Island government. Series writer Blake Masters has admitted that while Judd was based on New York City power broker Robert Moses, his wheelchair came from Larry McGarry, Providence's Democratic Party chairman in the 1960s and '70s. Another local personality that Masters may not have been aware of is Charles R. "Boss" Brayton (1840-1910), who used his position as leader of the Republican Party to become the most powerful man in the state, effectively controlling all three branches of government. He also didn't allow a handicap—partial blindness—to prevent him from continuing to pull political strings in the last years of his life.
  • Judd and Peggy Fitzgerald's house, first seen in S1E2, is located at the corner of Carleton and Roanoke Streets in Providence.
  • When Michael is driving with Shannon (Susan Scott "Scottie" Thompson) in S1E2, he suggests they get a steak at Twin Oaks, which is a real restaurant at 100 Sabra Street in Cranston. It has a reputation as a place to see and be seen, and the wait to get in can often be lengthy.
  • Shannon mentions that she is a junior in hotel management, which probably means she attends Johnson ' Wales University, where hospitality is one of the main programs.
  • The Festival of the Holy Ghost (Festa do Espírito Santo), seen in S1E2, is a real Portuguese festival that takes place on a weekend between Easter and the end of July.
  • S1E3 opens with another early morning montage, this time showing garbage piled up on Carpenter Street and outside Breen's Liquors on Valley Street, followed by a (momentarily) clean Wayland Avenue on Providence's East Side.
  • The locksmith shop where we meet Harry "The Beast" Mercer (David Ian) in S1E3 is Ferdie's Key Shop, 234 East Avenue, Pawtucket.
  • Harry mentions he just spent five years in the ACI. The Adult Correctional Institute, Rhode Island's main prison system, is located in Cranston.
  • Many of the garbage trucks used in S1E3 belonged to Rambone Disposal, located in Johnston.
  • When Michael and Pete go looking for Kevin Dougherty (Joe Pacheco) in S1E3, they go looking for his house behind 722 Atwells Avenue, only to find that it's gone.
  • The store where Eileen flirts with the shoe salesman in S1E3 is Ray Gardner Designs by Repete at 1235 Oaklawn Avenue in Warwick. Thanks to Dave and Kim from Providence for that bit of info.
  • Michael tells his mother he should maybe get a place of his own in S1E2, and he mentions a place on Center or Cellar or Sutter Street (it's hard to distinguish which). There are no streets by these names in Providence.
  • Reader Michelle dropped us a line to let us know that the bingo parlor where Michael drops his mother off in S1E3 is the Holy Ghost Brotherhood of Charity, 59 Brightridge Avenue in East Providence.
  • We meet Michael's former girlfriend, Kathleen Perry (Tina Benko), in S1E3. The Warwick Beacon reported in September 2005 that the house where the character lives is located on Blossom Drive in Cranston, and is owned by a family named DiBiase, but when we scouted the street in June 2007 we didn't find anything that looked remotely like it. Nor, when we checked the white pages, could we find a family named DiBiase living on that street. In any case, by season two, interior sets had been constructed at ye olde pet food warehouse in East Providence.
  • The neighborhood where trash is strewn around by striking garbage workers in S1E3 is Wayland Avenue on the East Side.
  • One of the little subplots in S1E3 has to do with Kevin Dougherty (Joe Pacheco) owing Harry money from "the Lincoln Downs deal." The reference may be to Lincoln Greyhound Park (now Twin River), in Lincoln, which formerly was a thoroughbred racing track. When Michael and Tommy go to meet their father (Kevin Conway) at a casino in Connecticut in S1E10, we first see them driving south on Allens Avenue, then north on the same road, toward Providence. Tommy: "You gonna take 95 or Hope? Michael: "Too many stop lights on Hope." Tommy: "Yeah, but 95's a parking lot at this hour." The place where they end up is Lincoln Greyhound Park.
  • The following exchange takes place between Tommy and Mayor Frank Panzanella (Al Sapienza) at Prospect Terrace in S1E3: The Mayor says he used to get stoned there with Hope High School kids, and Tommy replies that his friends went to Central. Mayor: "Ah, good old race riots Central." Tommy: "When the weather turns the knives and chains come out." Mayor: "Guess the brothers of Bishop Hendricken did good by the both of us." All three schools are real. Hope High is located on the affluent East Side, Central sits between the working class neighborhoods of Federal Hill and South Providence, and Bishop Hendricken, a Catholic school, is located in Warwick.
  • Tommy promises his daughters he'll take them to Dairy Queen in S1E3. We thought there weren't any in Rhode Island but a Yellow Pages search reveals a Dairy Queen/Orange Julius Treat Center in the Providence Place Mall. Who knew?
  • The highlight of S1E3 would have to be Michael's visit to Cooley's Dockside with one of his younger nieces. Located on the shore of the Seekonk River in East Providence, between an old railroad bridge and Washington Bridge, Cooley's (a redecorated version of the East Providence Yacht Club) is unfortunately fictional. Michael orders two stuffies, anticipating sharing a formative experience with his niece, but they don't live up to his standards and he orders her to spit hers out. Michael complains to the guy who seems to be in charge, "They don't taste right. They got corn in 'em." Guy: "So?" Michael: "So stuffies don't have corn in 'em." Guy: "These do." Michael: "No, they don't. They never have." Guy: "They always have." Michael: "Listen you little sh*t, I been eatin' stuffies from George's my whole life and they never had corn in 'em!" Guy: "Look, there's no George here, okay? Maybe they changed the recipe… What's your f*ckin' problem?" Michael grabs the stuffies and smears them all over the guy's face: "I'll tell you what my f*ckin' problem is… You're going to f*ckin' go back in there and make (unintelligible) goddamn (unintelligible). I don't like corn in my f*ckin' stuffie! You understand? Because changin' things doesn't make things better, you snotty nosed little sh*t, it f*cks them up, you understand?!" The guy apparently does understand, because when Michael returns to Cooley's with his older niece, MaryRose (Fiona C. Erickson), in S1E6, he obsequiously presents two orders of stuffies, saying, "George says they're on the house." MaryRose says, "I don't like stuffies." Michael: "Taste it!" She does but gives only a noncommittal shrug. Michael is pleased anyway.
  • The last scene in S1E3 takes place at the Central Landfill in Johnston.
  • The hotel where Moe goes to meet the feds in S1E4 is the Providence Biltmore. The lobby scenes appear to take place in the real location, but the hotel room may have been a studio set. It also could be that the scene with Tommy and the hotel manager in the bar, and the politician's dinner scene, were filmed in the real McCormick and Schmick's restaurant in the hotel. The hotel figures again in S1E5, when Michael and Shannon unwittingly rendezvous in the room next to Rose and Jacob (Mark Margolis).
  • Scituate, the town where Decco says he's parked (outside the topless bar—"Table Dancing, Hot Hot Hot") in S1E4, and where Eileen dumps the cat in S1E6, is located about twenty minutes west of Providence.
  • By the way, according to reader Paul, the parking lot of that topless bar from which Declan calls in S1E4, "is definitely the Living Room on Rathbone Street, Providence." Paul charmingly backed up his claim by admitting, "I recognized the parking lot within seconds because of the corner of the building I usually pee at when leaving at night." The building where the Living Room was has since been torn down.
  • During a conversation in Rose's kitchen in S1E4, Rose offers MaryRose a donut, which she declines. The donut box, which was visible on the kitchen table earlier in the scene, appears to be from Allie's Donuts, a legendary institution located at 3661 Quaker Lane (Route 2) in North Kingstown.
  • In another small detail of local references and dialect, after the feds leave in S1E4, Decco says, "Let's go Dunkin," and his partner, Ralph, replies, "Get a nice sangweege." Declan is referring to Dunkin Donuts, which is ubiquitous in Rhode Island. Ralph's pronunciation of "sandwich" would seem to be a variation on the local "sangwich," which itself is more often a self-conscious affectation than a serious mispronunciation in real life.
  • The barbeque at Eileen's parents' place in S1E5 was shot in the back yard of 10-12 Almy Street in the Armory District of Providence, which is located less than three tenths of a mile from the Caffee's house on Carpenter Street.
  • Four streets—Emerson, Baldry, McIntyre, and Broadway —are mentioned in S1E5 as bounding an area that would be ideal for a new waste treatment plant. Of the four, only Emerson and Broadway exist in real-life Providence, but they are nowhere near one another. Also it should be noted that the price of $80,000 offered by Jimmy Martinson for houses on the hill is far too low. A real house hunter on Federal Hill in 2006 would have been hard-pressed to find properties going for less than $200,000.
  • Mike Schuster tells us that Mulligan's, the bar where Michael and Pete "take care of" the Armenians in S1E5 is actually the Old Timer's Tap, located at 53 Mount Pleasant Avenue in Providence. Mike should know, he was an extra on the show. Beginning in the second season, Mulligan's interiors were shot in the East Providence warehouse.
  • The baseball field where the Green Bar and Mulligan's teams mix it up in S1E5 is located at the corner of Broadway and Barton Street in Providence, only a block from the Green Bar. It's called Aldo Freda Field.
  • Returning from Cooley's in S1E6, Michael lets MaryRose out one street over from her house, on West Fountain Street, next to a storefront with these signs: "Ice Cream Cones and Cabinets; Coffee, Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla" and "Frozen Lemonade; Today's Special; Strawberry." Strawberry would be a very unusual flavor for frozen lemonade, but the storefront is a real business called West Fountain Street Spa, located at number 471. This is also the spa where Tommy meets Norman (Eileen's father) in the same episode.
  • The spot where Ralph Magno shoots the FBI agent in S1E6 is located on Taft Street in Pawtucket. The arched stone bridge in the background carries Division Street over the Pawtucket River.
  • The warehouse store scenes in S1E7 were filmed at Concept Warehouse, 600 Callahan Road in North Kingstown, in late September 2005.
  • Woonsocket's Stadium Theatre plays a big part in S1E7, only here it's called the Uptown Stadium Theatre. Opened in 1926, the real-life Stadium was saved from the wrecking ball in the 1990s by a grassroots effort. Unlike its fictional counterpart, the theater continues to be a popular performance venue. In the episode, just before How Green was My Valley begins, we see a man playing an organ. The man is 82-year-old John "Jack" Cook, and the organ is known as the Mighty Wurlitzer. Jack really is the house organist; he helped restore the instrument in the late 1990s and regularly performs on it before movies and during special events at the Stadium. By the way, the Uptown Theatre is also mentioned by Eileen when speaking to Tommy on the phone in the clothing store in S1E3. While there currently is no theater in Providence with this name, the Columbus Theatre on Broadway was known as the Uptown for a time. Scenes at the Stadium Theatre were filmed in the first week of September 2005.
  • Declan and Cassie Giggs (Georgia Lyman) exit a restaurant in S1E7. Cassie is holding a foil doggie bag shaped like a swan. According to Pierre from New York (formerly of Woonsocket) the restaurant is Ciro's, 42 Cherry Street, Woonsocket. Writes Pierre, "The sign on the restaurant doesn't really look like it says Ciro's but on closer inspection, it looks like one of the letters is unlit, or perhaps the sign has been altered slightly. Also, the windows at Ciro's are a giveaway since they are stained glass which gives the building a sort of old English feel. Lastly, the Woonsocket Depot is plainly seen behind them as the two exit the restaurant." Further, Pierre guesses that the parking lot where Declan helps Marty Trio with his flat tire may be the one behind the Stadium Theatre, which is right up the street from Ciro's.
  • Narragansett Beer tallboys have a cameo in the scene in S1E7 where Michael discovers that Pete has fallen off the wagon.
  • Also in S1E7, in talking with the Speaker of the House (Michael Gaston) about ways to save the Uptown Stadium Theatre, Tommy says, "We could fold it into the PPAC or Fine Arts Council." PPAC stands for the Providence Performing Arts Center, another beautifully restored movie palace.
  • At the beginning of the scene in S1E7 where Decco finds Marty Trio sitting alone on a bench, Decco exits from the Hudson Street Deli in Providence.
  • The store where Tommy and Rose go shopping for a birthday present for Michael in S1E8 is Canterbury's, 650 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston.
  • The house in New Jersey where Michael ventilates the Russians in S1E8 is located at 985 Pippin Orchard Road in Cranston. (Thanks to Jerry in Scituate and Edward in West Warwick for that bit of info). In real life a production manager for Brotherhood, Steph Accetta, lives in the house, which is probably how it came to be considered as a filming location. Edward elaborates that, "after the murders Michael came out to the road through some bushes, but that spot is actually a half mile farther down the road [from the house] where a set of power lines cross. I also enjoyed that along the way Michael stopped at a roadside mini-mart. The mini-mart [Hill Mart, 295 Connell Highway] is really across from the sewer plant in Newport, right next to CCRI."
  • The bus crash in S1E9 appears to occur near an exit 6. Assuming the bus was traveling directly from a Patriot's game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, along Route 95 South to Federal Hill, no such exit would have been passed. In reality, according to Mike Schuster, the scenes were filmed at "Quonset Point near the junction of 403 and Route 1, specifically on the new section of Davisville Road that passes under the new section of Route 403 heading toward Route 1."
  • Tommy is at a duckpin bowling alley when he receives news of the crash. The location is Bowling Academy, Inc., at 354 Taunton Avenue in East Providence.
  • The bakery where Judd and Rose play cards in S1E9 is Sal's Bakery, located at 1288 Chalkstone Avenue.
  • Ricky Cork's apartment is in Rising Sun Mills on Valley Street in Olneyville.
  • The church where the memorial service takes place in S1E9 appears to be called St. Malachy's Church. This would seem to be a made-up name as far as Providence-area churches go. After all, what Christian church would want to be associated on film with taking a $35,000 bribe to allow the church burial of a gay suicide? Well, we're willing to out them: it was Saint Martin's Episcopal Church, 50 Orchard Avenue, Providence. Thanks again to Mike Schuster for digging up that tidbit.
  • S1E10 opens with a lovely shot of a Hmong man lying dead on the sidewalk in front of Stereo Plus, a real business located at 216 Warren Avenue in East Providence. Rose later mentions that the incident took place on Tilden Street, but there's no such street in Providence.
  • We find out that Cassie Giggs works at Patsy's Klassy Kuts Hair Studio in S1E10. No such business is listed in the Providence Yellow Pages, but in S2E1 we see that it's located near Rose Furniture and Young China Restaurant. Both businesses are on Warren Avenue in East Providence.
  • The club where Declan meets with U.S. Attorney Ellis Franklin (David Catanzaro) in S1E10 is the To Kolan Club in Pawtucket.
  • Willy (Jason Kelly) tells Pete that "Cops took it [the money] off me on Olney Street" in S1E10. Olney Street is located in the northern part of the city, away from the Hill.
  • Providence Mayor David Cicilline has a speaking part in S1E10, as a U.S. attorney questioning Marty Trio (Tom Kemp). His lines are, "When did your association with Frederick Cork begin, Mr. Trio?" and "When did you develop a business association?"
  • The trailer where Marty Trio is being questioned in S1E10 is at Sterry Street Towing, 278 Allens Avenue.
  • The neurologist who evaluates Michael in S2E1 is played by real-life Pawtucket internist Dr. Michael D. Fine.
  • The spot where Michael takes Pete, to teach him a lesson after he falls off the wagon in S1E10, is off Allens Avenue, east of the intersection with Oxford Street.
  • Early in S2E1, Tommy is questioned about Michael in a conference room overlooking Route 95, across from the Providence Place Mall. The location is the Caprio Building at One Center Place, right next to the off-ramp to Atwells Avenue.
  • Ralph Magno says in S2E1 that he "killed at Stitches' open mic night." Stitches Komedy Kafe was located at the Providence Place Mall at 100 Francis Street. It operated from October 2002 to July 2004.
  • Tommy and Judd attend a soldier's funeral at North Burial Ground in Providence in S2E1. This scene was filmed on April 23, 2007. The priest (you really only see him from the back for a couple of seconds) is played by the Reverend David E. Green, who at the time was pastor at St. Kevin Church in Warwick.
  • Right before Michael asks him to go for a ride in S2E1, Decco grabs a bite at Haven Brothers. Decco runs into Cassie there later in the same episode. The diner is usually located on Fulton Street beside Providence City Hall, but only at night. The daytime location in these scenes is the corner of Eddy and Westminster Streets.
  • Another Warren Avenue location, East Providence Portuguese Market, near the intersection with South Carpenter Street, is where Tommy meets Representative Carvalho (Damien DiPaola) (his nephew at RISD designed Bobby Valente's fliers) in S2E1.
  • In S2E1, Freddy Cork meets Tommy at a building that's being rehabbed by Landsdowne Development, Inc. Cork says, if the market collapses, he'll buy it at cost, as "Fiona's dyin' to get her mother outta the three decker on Academy." The business is fictional, but the Providence street is real. Later, in S2E4, a reporter informs Tommy that a body was found dumped at a Landsdowne Development property located at Decatur and Mercer. There is a Decatur Avenue in Providence, but no street named Mercer.
  • According to an email we received from bandphi, Feathers Gentleman's Club, the outside of which is first seen in S2E1, is actually a motorcycle shop in East Providence.
  • Near the beginning of S2E2, Tommy Caffee campaigns in a small park near a church. The church is St. Ann's, Hawkins Street, Providence. The small park is known as Hopkins Square.
  • The radio station where Tommy is interviewed by Mort appears to have the call letters WRI, which was a real AM radio station out of West Warwick from 1956 to about 1970, when a series of sales and call letter changes commenced. The station's frequency, AM 1450, is now home to the Providence affiliate of ESPN.
  • During a dinner at Cassie's house with her parents, Decco remarks, "Beautiful dinner, Cass. You know I always thought you should open up like a restaurant on Thayer Street or something." Located close to Brown University on Providence's East Side, Thayer is one of the city's trendiest areas.
  • Nozzoli Vending, Sales, and Rentals, comes into play in S2E2. Freddy Cork says in S2E3 that the business is on Atwells Avenue. Is it merely a coincidence that Raymond L.S. Patriarca, head of the New England mob from the 1950s to the early 1980s, had an Atwells Avenue vending machine business as his headquarters?
  • The garage where Pete has been restoring the car in S2E2 is unchanged from its real-life counterpart. There really is a Ralph and Sons Auto Body in Providence. It's located at 456 West Fountain Street.
  • Our first Rhody Fresh milk reference shows up in S2E2, when we see Colin Carr (Brian F. O'Byrne) drinking straight from the carton.
  • In S2E3 Mr. Speaker, trying to ignore his mistress, says, "You know, I hear that Capriccio's has a very nice lunch menu. Maybe we should start lunching there. What do you think, Tommy?" Capriccio's is real. It's located at 2 Pine Street in Providence.
  • The Rustic Hotel, first seen in S2E3, and the Happy Dragon Spa, first seen in S2E4, are located at 60 and 85 Rathbun Street in Woonsocket. Sorry guys, they're not real businesses. Brews and Cues, which can be seen nearby in some shots, is real, and is located at 42 Rathbun. In S2E4 Freddy Cork tells Decco that "A bunch of Asiatics bought the old Rainbow Hotel across the street from my sh*thole on Delaney," presumably referring to these two flophouses. There is no street called Delaney in either Woonsocket or Providence.
  • While talking about the Speaker's mistress in S2E3, Mr. Speaker and Tommy mention DMV, DOT, and URI. For the acronym-impaired that's the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, and the University of Rhode Island. URI is also mentioned by Rose's co-worker in S1E7: "Yeah, and Carla went to URI, but she still makes ten percent less than Donny."
  • A little further along in the episode, Mr. Speaker explains how he came to have a mistress in the first place: "I got to stopping by Mills Tavern on Thursday and Friday for a martini." Mills Tavern is located at 110 North Main Street in Providence.
  • Later in S2E3 Colin facilitates a meeting between Michael and Jerry Terry (Thomas J. Cox), who Colin says he found, "...in a sh*thole off Eagle." Turns out Jerry was at Club Fantasies, a real strip joint at 28 Sims Avenue. Sims is actually parallel to Eagle, but they are close to one another.
  • At the end of S2E3 Officer Walsh (William DeCoff) exits the Arcade prior to allowing Decco to beat the tar out of him.
  • Mary Rose steals her grandmother's car in S2E4 in order to attend a party in Seekonk. Although located over the border in Massachusetts, Seekonk is thought of as an honorary fortieth Rhode Island town by many Rhode Islanders, in much the same way that Pete Best, Stu Sutcliffe, and Murray the K were all referred to at various times as the fifth Beatle.
  • Tommy's secretary, Alex, referring to the dumping of a body at a Landsdowne property, says, "The Journal's putting it on page three, thank God for small miracles. But there will be an editorial about the selling of Providence." The selling of Providence, or of Rhode Island, is a perennial favorite topic among those who believe that corruption chronically permeates all levels of state and local government, reinforced by Operation Plunder Dome in 1999.
  • A lunch meeting between Tommy and a developer in S2E4 appears to take place at Waterplace Restaurant, overlooking Waterplace Park and Union Station, Providence.
  • Eileen and Kath take Rose's car to Art's Front End and Brake Service, a real business located at 10 Transit Street, Woonsocket, in S2E4.
  • Also in S2E4, Tommy and Mary Rose exit a hot weiner restaurant. This appears to be Main Street 2000 in Woonsocket.
  • Our correspondent Pierre informs us that "The scene [in S2E4] where Eileen avoids running into the truck and slams into the fence was shot on Singleton Street, in Woonsocket's North End near the old Nyanza Mill"
  • Pierre goes on to say that "There's a moment when Michael and Kathy are having a conversation in a car towards the very end of the [same] episode. Michael is expressing frustration with something in the car and in one of the shots, I can identify various buildings along Harris Avenue as they pass over a railroad intersection. This area is also in Woonsocket's North End. Oddly, the view out of Kathy's window is not of the same stretch of road and I cannot immediately identify any of it." Another correspondent, Jerry from Scituate, identifies the view out Kath's window as East School Street, also in Woonsocket.

Do you have any comments or corrections on the above? Know of anything we missed? Drop us a line at stuffie@quahog.org. Below is a list of locations we were unable to identify. Think you know where these places are? Let us know.

  • S1E3: The playground where Tommy speaks with Freddie Cork.
  • S1E5: The textile shop where Rose is the shop steward.
  • S1E5: The mill apartment where Michael has a rendezvous with Shannon.
  • S1E8: The "New Jersey" hotel where Michael and Kath stay.
  • S1E9: Freddie Cork's house.
  • S1E9: The closed corner store where Giggs and Magno knock on the door.
  • S1E10: Neal Caffee's house.
  • S2E1: The restaurant used in three different scenes. The espresso cups are decorated with a stylized letter "N."
  • S2E1: Lila Cafee's school.
  • S2E1: Herbie Weiss's house.
  • S2E1: The pond where Michael dumps the bodies.

We're also working on collecting further information on locations used in seasons two and three, and we welcome your input.

This article last edited December 14, 2015

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