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CHIPOTLE HAS BEEN charged with a $1.3 million fine over more than 13,000 child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CRAIG WARGA

Chipotle fined $1.3M over thousands of child labor abuses in Mass.

BOSTON (AP) – Chipotle was hit with a $1.3 million fine over more than 13,000 child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants, the state's...
RESTAURANT CHAIN Bar Louie filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 but the Providence location is expected to remain open. / COURTESY BAR LOUIE

Bar Louie shutters some locations, Providence remains open

PROVIDENCE – The casual restaurant/pub chain Bar Louie with a location in Providence, announced Monday that it filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. The...
PRECIOUS CARGO: A dealer at Cape Porpoise holds a 3½-pound lobster in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Aug. 24. Members of the U.S. lobster industry are hopeful a thaw in trade relations with China could reopen one of the biggest markets in the world. / AP FILE PHOTO/ROBERT F. BUKATY

U.S. lobster industry hopes trade deal revives exports to China

Members of the American lobster industry are hopeful the thawing of trade relations between the U.S. and China will reopen one of the biggest...

Marco’s Subs to open location in Newport later this year

NEWPORT – Marco’s Subs has announced that it will open a location in the city later this year, The Newport Daily News reported on...

Foolproof in talks to sell brewery

PAWTUCKET – Foolproof Brewing Co. has received an offer for a sale, with initial terms that would keep the brewery open and in production,...
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Local restaurateur focus on affixing a signature dish

Signature dishes are any restaurant’s backbone. Steakhouses had better have a great filet mignon. Up and down the Rhode Island coast, the chowder, lobster,...
MEDICINAL USE: Lead grower Elizabeth Keyser explains growing medical marijuana plants with special lighting during a tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y., in August. / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK

Some Northeast states brace for battle over pot

A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast – it had already passed in three of the...
DRAFT PICK: Jeremy Ruff, co-owner and head brewer at LineSider Brewing Co. in East Greenwich, says the Rhode Island Brew Fest, which LineSider participated in last year and will be again this month, exposes the brewery to new customers. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

A chance for R.I. brewers to show off their uncommon craft

If the crowds are lucky at this month’s Rhode Island Brew Fest, they’ll get the chance to sample Crooked Current Brewery LLC’s chocolate milk...
A TALL DRINK: Anna Scott, owner of Anna’s Kitchen Shrub, produces a beverage known as shrub that is made of apple cider vinegar at a facility in Lincoln. The drink has become popular in mocktails and low-alcohol ­cocktails. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mocktail trend creating opportunity for R.I. firms

Drinking was often part of Anna Scott’s former social life in the corporate banking and finance world. Work conferences came with the expectation of...
IN ANY EVENT: Mark Brown, co-owner of Cozy Caterers, stands in one of the party spaces available at the Warwick venue where the catering company relocated last May. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Waterfront venue added to caterer’s growing menu

Fresh off the nonstop hustle of the holidays, Cozy Caterers LLC is already making ambitious plans for this year. “Bigger and better,” is how co-owner...
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