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R.I. Department of Environmental Management seeks farmers to lease state-owned land

PROVIDENCE – The state has issued a request for proposals for farmers to lease parcels of state-owned land. The locations are in Coventry, South...
CREATIVE THINKING: Lisa Mattiello, CEO of catering and events-planning business Pranzi Inc. in Providence, has had to think outside the box to develop alternative sources of revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She’s cooking up ways to overcome adversity

Lisa Mattiello has always loved food, beverages and occasions for people to gather. Growing up in Warwick in a family with five children – she...
Jessica Norris Granatiero

To Savor: Awesome sauce-wine pairings

At the start of each year, we often put forth resolutions, vowing to make changes – eat and cook better, exercise more, try new...

Fate of boats owned by ‘The Codfather’ heading to court

A legal dispute over the sale of fishing boats once owned by a disgraced former fishing magnate nicknamed “The Codfather” is headed to state...

Friendly’s owner plans post-pandemic recovery, including possible new locations

PROVIDENCE – After a decade marked by bankruptcy and hundreds of store closures, Friendly’s Restaurants LLC is poised for a revival under new ownership,...
SCOURING THE GLOBE: Cousins Liana Buonanno and Paul Fede, co-owners of Gooseneck Vineyards, work with farmers in six countries to source the grapes for their classic, budget-friendly wines, which they sell in their North Kingstown vineyard shop.  PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Duo seeks best grapes to make classic, budget-friendly wines

From the hills of the Treviso in Italy to the stony Wairau Valley river flats in Marlborough, New Zealand, Liana Buonanno and Paul Fede...

Wilcox Tavern sold for $1.2M

CHARLESTOWN – The historical Wilcox Tavern has sold for $1.2 million, according to Randall Realtors. The tavern sale closed on Jan. 5. Built in 1739,...

Friendly’s restaurant chain sale finalized after bankruptcy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The Friendly's restaurant chain has finalized its sale after filing for bankruptcy in November. The Wilbraham, Mass.-based chain known for its...
A 10-ACRE parcel in South Kingstown will be the first parcel to be offered for sale under the Farmland Access Program. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

DEM seeks purchase proposals for first parcel under Farmland Access Program

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management has issued a request for proposals from farmers to purchase a 10-acre agricultural parcel in...
COFFEE BREAK: Kerri Gaffett, owner of Block Island Coffee, takes a break from her psychotherapy business to show off one of her blends at her North Kingstown storefront. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Gaffett brewing up success on Block Island

A career in coffee wasn’t what Kerri Gaffett planned as she sailed around the world with her then-husband and young children, sampling different coffees...

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