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Dining out: A much-needed refreshment

It is summertime, and your favorite restaurateur may be looking forward to a well-deserved vacation. This usually happens every July. Restaurants close for two...
Bruce Newbury

Dining out: They’ve got people talking

What makes the dining-out experience difficult to define are the parts that at the same time make it so appealing. We discovered this to...
THE WORKS: From left, Harry’s Bar & Burger staff members Lynn Perrino, Kelvin Agustin and Sonia Real display Gastros Craft Meats hot dogs at the restaurant’s Atwells Avenue location in Providence. The comfort food is on the Harry’s menu at all locations. / COURTESY CHRISTINA MONAHAN

Crisis brought out taste for comfort foods

As the summer begins, each day at your favorite local restaurant brings a new challenge. Overwhelming demand plus staffing issues and keeping standards and quality...
Bruce Newbury

New eatery will feed the ‘chicken craze’

Chef and restaurateur Nick Rabar was considering the moniker “Chicken City” for his new just-announced restaurant concept that he is planning to open late...
Bruce Newbury

Some restaurants still feeling a burden

If the unimaginable ordeal we have come through over the past 14 months has ended – which is a big “if” – the end...
ON DUTY: Server Lauren Withers delivers food to a table at Sardella’s Italian Ristorante in Newport. Owner Richard Sardella believes his 41 years in the restaurant industry has been an advantage in retaining employees because they’ve been with him for so long. / COURTESY SARDELLA’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE

Restaurant recovery is hitting a few obstacles

The restaurant jobs picture, like that in other industries, is proving to be a challenge to business owners as summer and our post-pandemic recovery...
STREET EATS: “Al Fresco on the Hill” outdoor dining will return to Federal Hill in Providence this summer in conjunction with new city policies waiving event and parking fees. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Plenty of policy questions on dining in public spaces

The concept of reopening is a three-legged stool that must have a sturdy foundation on all sides lest it collapse. “Reopening” is a more-apt term...

Dining Out: Truly, a season of renewal

Springtime is always a season of rebirth and renewal. That phenomenon is in evidence on restaurant row. Eateries are reporting a return of faithful...
DISHING IT OUT: Ciro’s Tavern in Woonsocket has participated in The Poutine Indulgence tasting competition in the past. Noah Peloquin, left, and Gina Savini, Ciro Tavern owner, work at the serving station during the 2018 competition at the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket. / COURTESY JUDITH POTTER

Dining Out: Venturing into poutine

Could one of the unexpected benefits of this past year we have all endured be that our palates are ready for adventure? It would...
TAKE IT AWAY: Pan-seared redfish tacos, right, and short rib tacos are available through a “ghost kitchen” called La Vecina in Newport, which offers Mexican street food by takeout or delivery only. / COURTESY ERIN MCGINN

Dining Out: More R.I. ‘ghost kitchen’ sightings

“Ghost Kitchen” could be the title of a Stephen King cookbook. It is, however, a phenomenon that was muted by the pandemic but appears...

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