Food & Agriculture

HURDLES AHEAD: Steven J. Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission in Massachusetts and keynote speaker at PBN’s The Business of Cannabis Summit at the Omni Providence Hotel on Feb. 26, says there are formidable obstacles for anyone considering a cannabis enterprise, partly because the federal government still considers it an illegal drug, which has negative implications for banking and taxes. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Mass. cannabis chief offers guidance for Ocean State

When Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, many felt that Rhode Island would shortly follow suit. But that hasn’t happened yet. And the...

Price Rite Marketplace to unveil 6 new store formats

PROVIDENCE – Price Rite Marketplace will reopen six stores in Rhode Island on Friday, following renovations that were intended to give the stores a...
Bruce Newbury

Revisiting some of R.I.’s restaurant rows

During a recent trip to Vermont, the subject of “restaurant rows” came up – places where there are groupings of quality establishments. Two Burlington...
ALL IN ONE BASKET: Heather Retberg collects eggs at the Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot, Maine, in this 2016 file photo. Debate is heating up in Maine over state legislation that requires cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption. / AP FILE PHOTO/ROBERT F. BUKATY

Maine mulls legislation mandating cage-free eggs

Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption, but some industry advocates...

Newport Restaurant Group donates $23K to food banks, nonprofits

WARWICK – Newport Restaurant Group has donated $23,000 to regional food banks and nonprofits committed to building a sustainable and local food supply for...
BENJAMIN L. RACKLIFFE, second from right, an attorney at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News' Business of Cannabis Summit on Wednesday in Providence. Also on the panel was, from left, Karyn Rhodes, of Complete HR Solutions; Mitzi Hollenbeck, of Citrin Cooperman; and Kristyn Glennon of BayCoast Bank. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN cannabis summit: Legalized recreational pot is only matter of time...

PROVIDENCE – It’s not a matter of whether recreational marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island, it's a matter of when. That conclusion emerged from...
MARIANA GONZALEZ-TRASVINA, executive chef of Bar ‘Cino has been nominated for Outstanding Rising Star Chef in the James Beard Foundation Awards. / COURTESY NEWPORT RESTAURANT GROUP

R.I. chefs nominated for James Beard Foundation Awards

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island again is well-represented in the James Beard Foundation Awards, known as the “Oscars Of The Food World.” The semifinalists in...
NEWPORT RESTAURANT GROUP said that it intends to open a new restaurant in the now-closed Outback Steakhouse location in East Greenwich.

Newport Restaurant Group to open new restaurant in East Greenwich

EAST GREENWICH – Newport Restaurant Group announced Tuesday the opening of a new restaurant concept to be located in the recently shuttered Outback Steakhouse location...
THE TGI FRIDAYS location in Warwick has closed.

WJAR: TGI Fridays in Warwick closes

WARWICK – The TGI Fridays chain restaurant on Centerville Road has closed, WJAR TV NBC-10 reported on Monday. The restaurant posted a sign on...
THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE has announced the eight venture-participants of the 2020 Food Accelerator program.

SEG announces 2020 Food Accelerator cohort

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse has announced eight selected participants in its 2020 Food Accelerator program. The program will span three months and end in...

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