1. old english for 'meal'.
Melu wants to transform the way people eat. Our goal is to enhance convenience and access to a diverse menu cultivated by the local community and prepared with only the best locally sourced ingredients.
Melu is brought to you by Nick and Tracy Rabar, the proprietors of Avenue N and the Pantry, and the Project Ross team. Together, we’ve combined the culinary skills of Rhode Island’s top chef with one of the region’s top technology entrepreneurs. We will make certain you have an awesome dining experience!
Meet the team
Nick is the man behind the food of Melu. Since the beginning of his nearly 20 year career, chef and culinary personality Nick has maintained a true passion for classic American cuisine and has received numerous accolades from diners and critics alike. Influenced by the pastoral surroundings of his childhood in New York's Hudson Valley, Nick has long been inspired by the many benefits and rewards of local, sustainable farming. Nick's signature style of combining progressive American cuisine with modern, local and seasonal ingredients has been the driving force behind his debut restaurant - Avenue N American Kitchen - created in 2010.
Throughout his celebrated career, Rabar has combined his culinary passion and creativity with a strong business resume. Prior to founding Avenue N, Nick attended the Culinary Institute of America and perfected his craft in some of the finest kitchens in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, opening over a dozen notable restaurant concepts.
Host of the Emmy nominated lifestyle & cooking show Nick Rabar Chef 2 Go and author of the hit novel The Cold Side of the Grill, Nick has been named "Chef of the Year" by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, "Best and Brightest Young American Chefs" by Spirit Magazine, recognized by The James Beard Foundation in 2007 and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Boston/New England in 2011, 2012, 2013 for Outstanding Informational and Instructional Programming.
His many accomplishments have been featured on local and national television, including Food Network, and his work has emerged in several publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Providence Journal, Food Arts and Saveur magazines.
Tracy began perfecting her skills in the restaurant business over 22 years ago realizing a true passion for superior service and hospitality while managing some of New England's most well respected dining establishments. Eventually becoming a national trainer for one of the world's largest food service providers, Tracy presently uses her skills as a Dining Room Educator at Johnson & Wales University.
Growing up in a family that took great pride in food and dining, Tracy realized early that she was attracted to the art of hospitality. During her extensive career she has worked in many unique capacities and is a noted special events designer.
While the breadth of Tracy's career has afforded her a wide range of expertise, it is her impeccable brand of guest service that makes Avenue N American Kitchen more than just a dining destination. Tracy's goal is to touch each guest that enters her doors and to make every experience a memorable one. She is a perfectionist at heart and will do what it takes to exceed expectations one guest at a time.
Eddie had a lemonade stand by the time he could stand up when he was a toddler. He loves building businesses and has helped build several, including TennisHub and ShapeUp. When Eddie isn’t building an excel model or pitching his wife, Devi, a new “idea” you can find him playing squash, boxing or hanging out at the Farmers’ market with his two boys, Teddy and Ravi. Eddie's favorite food is yellow cake with chocolate frosting (no one said it had to be dinner!).
When not wrangling her two small sons, Devi likes to lift heavy things at the gym and cook wholesome meals with fresh ingredients that trick toddlers into eating vegetables.
Devi has a strong background in sales, marketing and public health.
She did her undergrad at UMASS and received an MPH from Brown. Feel free to stalk her on Linkedin. Devi’s never met a cheese she didn’t like (Velveeta isn’t cheese!).
Paul is the tech guy. He grew up in the Kansas City area in Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2011. He's spent time in communications and fundraising at Renew Missouri as well as a stint as a grassroots organizer in Miami, Florida.
When he’s not building new apps, you can find him doing improv in Providence or playing volleyball. Paul loves a fierce Mac and Cheese.