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Hospitality industry tries to counter labor shortage

Michael Costantino struggled to fill two full-time cook positions in May for his restaurant Costantino’s Venda Bar & Ristorante on Providence’s Federal Hill. He...
Bruce Newbury

This dining style is a gas

We have just about every style of dining out available here in our “snack-sized state,” as Food & Wine recently referred to Rhode Island. Food...

State awards $115K to support solar projects at 6 farms

PROVIDENCE – A total of $115,667 was awarded Monday from the Rhode Island Agricultural Energy Grant Program to support solar projects at six Rhode...
A WORKER AT Mammoth Inc., one of the state’s licensed cannabis cultivators, tends to the marijuana plants at its Warwick location. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Discussions about marijuana sales now move to local level

Rhode Island may have legalized recreational marijuana, but now the debate will begin among local municipal officials about where that marijuana will be sold. While...

R.I. unemployment rate dips to 2.9%, a 30-year low

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s economic recovery continued in May with the monthly unemployment rate dropping three-tenths of a percentage point from April to 2.9%,...

Starbucks unionization vote remains uncertain; Seven Stars employees mull organizing

WARWICK – The results of a unionization vote at the Pace Boulevard Starbucks remain uncertain as of Wednesday afternoon, though the count so far...

U.S. producer prices soar 10.8% in May as energy costs spike

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. producer prices surged 10.8% in May from a year earlier, underscoring the ongoing threat to the economy from inflation that...
HERE TO SERVE: Milena Pagan, left, pours mimosas for Jessica Tynan, center, of Salem, Conn., and Rebecca Saenz of Cambridge, Mass., at Little Sister LLC on Hope Street in Providence. Pagan owns Little Sister and Rebelle Artisan Bagels LLC.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

She left corporate life to be a bagel artisan

Milena Pagan was a retail strategist for CVS Health Corp. in 2016 when she told the pharmacy giant she was quitting this steady job...
Jessica Norris Granatiero

To Savor: Wine in a can? There are many good ones

While consumers have known about wine in bottles, bags and boxes for many years, wine in cans is a newer phenomenon of which many...
Bruce Newbury

Dining Out: The familiar is making a return

It is difficult to avoid prefacing stories about restaurant openings and reopenings or the return of festivals that includes food or drink or a...

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