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WEATHER OR NOT: Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee gets a closer look at an “igloo” set up at Kay’s Restaurant in Woonsocket. With McKee is Kay’s owner David Lahousse. Ten of the structures, which cost over $1,400 each, are now in place at the restaurant to extend outdoor dining. / COURTESY OFFICE OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Dining Out: Encouraging numbers

Here in Rhode Island, so many of our choices when it is time to eat revolve around restaurants. It is one of the real...
BY THE FIRE: 15 Point Road Restaurant in Portsmouth turned on the outdoor heaters in the first weekend of October. Proprietors Sean and Carly Smith said the heaters arrived after being on back order for months. / COURTESY 15 POINT ROAD RESTAURANT

Dining Out: Naysayers may be wrong

Under normal circumstances, the restaurant industry can be tremendously exciting. Every night is a performance and a roll of the dice. Will our place...

Dining Out: The hurdles keep coming

Restaurants are complex places. There are legal and fire codes, health and safety requirements, municipal and state inspections, regulations and licensing, year in and...
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: PB Bistro & Bar had been setting up tables on the sidewalk on Main Street in East Greenwich, but on Labor Day weekend the restaurant and others were allowed to move the tables to the closed street. / COURTESY PB BISTRO & BAR

Restaurants are weathering the worst

This summer was like no other. Across the country, sections of cities and towns were transformed into terraces and piazzas where restaurant tables migrated...
OPENING ACTION: Jodi Ricci, third from the left, and her husband, Michael Mota, fourth from the left, cut the ribbon at the opening of Lola’s Lounge and Cantina in Smithfield. Joining them, from left, are Scott Connory, vice president of sales; Joe Ricci, co-owner; Smithfield Town Manager Randy Rossi; and Town Councilman Sean Kilduff. / COURTESY LOLA’S LOUNGE AND CANTINA

Dining Out: Restaurateurs make fresh start in Smithfield

Restaurateur Michael Mota had to pivot. He created Skyline at Waterplace in Providence. The restaurant and event venue located in the center of the city...
SAFETY FIRST: A waiter serves diners during an “Al Fresco on the Hill” event on Atwells Avenue in Providence. Restaurateurs say stressed staffers are playing the role of enforcers of mask guidelines while keeping an eye out for state inspectors.  / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Dining Out: Workers are feeling the stress

Experts, restaurateurs and that little voice in our heads all agree: We need to get out and be with people. Beyond that, we seem...
MAKING IT WORK: Chomp Kitchen & Drinks in Providence has had success since opening in June, in part because the menu lends itself to takeout and casual dining. / COURTESY CHOMP KITCHEN & DRINKS

Dining Out: Signs of success in gloomy time

There is no denying and no attempt to minimize the economic and emotional upheaval that the restaurant community has suffered. We salute, support and...
ITALIAN FLAVOR: Restaurants along the normally heavily trafficked Atwells Avenue in Providence have reported about 90% of their capacity booked in advance during the recently launched “Al Fresco On The Hill” dining initiative. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Al fresco means survival for restaurants on Federal Hill

Rick Simone doesn’t mince words when it comes to the success of closing part of Atwells ­Avenue in Providence on Friday and Saturday nights...
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Rehearsal dinner make a tentative return

The quarantine has brought about much heartache over the past 100-plus days. As much of a tyrant as the coronavirus is in bringing a...
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‘Dining on the Diamond’ at McCoy has been a home run

As beloved as the Pawtucket Red Sox have been in the hearts and minds of most Rhode Islanders, they may be even more so...

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