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ELIZABETH M. TANNER, middle, director of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation, demonstrates how the lottery for the medical marijuana dispensary licenses will work. Tanner was at the Office of Cannabis Regulation on Friday with Russ Griffiths, left, a DBR policy analyst, and Matthew Santacroce, the state's cannabis chief. PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

R.I. to hold lottery for five medical marijuana dispensary licenses on...

WARWICK – Two years after state lawmakers approved the expansion of Rhode Island’s medical marijuana dispensaries from three to nine, a lottery will be...
Bruce Newbury

Dining out: A tale of prep and opportunity

The title of author Michael Ruhlman’s latest book “From Scratch” could be the title of his biography. He came by his position from the ground...
LOCAL FLAVOR: Roger Lapierre is the founder, owner and key principal of Li’l General convenience stores. Lapierre started with one store in 1970 in Woonsocket and has evolved the business to six franchise locations throughout northern Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Local convenience store brand has staying power

The first night he came home after opening his first Li’l General store, having invested much of his money in the venture as a...
COMBINED COLLECTIONS of the local 1% meal and beverage and hotel taxes in Rhode Island increased 44.8% year over year in July. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID J. PHILLIP

Local 1% hotel, meal and beverage tax collections jump 44.8% Y/Y...

PROVIDENCE – Combined collections of the local 1% hotel and meal and beverage taxes increased 44.8% year over year in July, the R.I. Department...
PREPPING FOR DINERS: Natasha Nichols, left, vice president of Chow Fun Inc., helps manager Antonio Galvao set up tables in Chow Fun’s new restaurant OZ Tacos & Tequila in Lincoln.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dining out: Employing a quirky formula

Although our focus is on an exciting new restaurant doing well in Rhode Island, it is still 2021. Therefore, the specter of the pandemic...
RETURN TO ROOTS: Katherine Fotiades and Mark Phillips own and operate Skydog Farm, a farm store and hydroponic nursery in Scituate that grows herbs and leafy greens. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Connecting to the land, reducing food waste and building a community

Katherine Fotiades believes education and community engagement are the keys to running a successful agricultural operation. Fotiades and partner Mark Phillips in September 2020 opened...
Jessica Norris Granatiero

To Savor: Your fall ‘wine wardrobe’

This time of the year – when the humidity has dissipated and nights are crisp – is one of my favorites. While I feel lugubrious...

Gerbs’ products allow people with food allergies to again enjoy their...

PBN 2021 Fastest Growing Companies Awards $5 million - $25 million: 2. Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods CEO (or equivalent): Galen Conte, co-owner and CEO 2020 Revenue: $6.5...

Pandemic ignites Feast & Fettle’s home delivery service of prepared meals

PBN 2021 Fastest Growing Companies Awards $250,000 - $5 million: 3. Feast & Fettle Inc. CEO (or equivalent): Carlos Ventura 2020 Revenue: $2.5 million 2018 Revenue: $414,000 Revenue growth:...

Blount increases cold soup production to meet retailer demand

PBN 2021 Fastest Growing Companies Awards $75 million and above: 2. Blount Fine Foods Corp. CEO (or equivalent): Todd Blount, CEO and president 2020 Revenue: $465.3 million 2018...

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