Bond between struggling restaurants, patrons endures

STONEACRE BRASSERIE owner David Crowell says his efforts to give back to the community during the pandemic have been returned several times over by loyal patrons of the Newport restaurant. /PBN PHOTO ANNE EWING
Blackie’s restaurant in Smithfield posted a farewell message last July that it was closing its doors for good due to COVID-19. On March 1, the owners showed photos of a remodeled kitchen on its website and social media with hints of a reopening. Nearly 1,000 followers posted emotional “welcome back” messages. No definite opening date…

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