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Bally’s proposes multibillion dollar acquisition of British gaming operator

PROVIDENCE – Bally’s Corp. has agreed to acquire British online gaming operator Gamesys Group PLC in a multibillion dollar deal, according to documents filed...

Elorza announces fee waivers, programs to ease small-business burden on outdoor...

PROVIDENCE – The city is re-upping policies and programs designed to make it easier and cheaper for local restaurants and retailers to hold COVID-19-friendly...

Bally’s completes purchase of Nevada casino

PROVIDENCE – Bally’s Corp. completed its acquisition of MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa from Caesars Entertainment Inc., the company said Wednesday. The casino is in...

5% hotel tax collection in R.I. declines 41.9% Y/Y in Jan.

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 5% hotel tax declined 41.9% year over year in January to $473,026, the R.I. Department of Revenue said Friday. ...
SAFETY FIRST: Mark Dunbar, general manager of the Providence Place mall in Providence, says safety is the mall’s No. 1 priority and touts a 24/7 camera system and a cellphone app that lets mall-goers communicate with security. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

FIGHTING FEARS: Deserved or not, safety worries an obstacle to downtown...

As a downtown Providence business owner, Guido Silvestri is no stranger to petty crime. There has been occasional shoplifting, vandalism and even a brick thrown...
DISHING IT OUT: Ciro’s Tavern in Woonsocket has participated in The Poutine Indulgence tasting competition in the past. Noah Peloquin, left, and Gina Savini, Ciro Tavern owner, work at the serving station during the 2018 competition at the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket. / COURTESY JUDITH POTTER

Dining Out: Venturing into poutine

Could one of the unexpected benefits of this past year we have all endured be that our palates are ready for adventure? It would...
SECURITY BOOST: Civil owner Guido Silvestri upgraded security for his downtown Providence business following a night of rioting last June that heavily damaged the skateboard shop. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business, city leaders must work together to bring visitors back

Crime is still trending down in the capital city – and in 2020 dramatically so. Yet downtown business and community leaders are more concerned...

Combined collection of 1% meal and beverage, hotel taxes tumble 20.6%...

PROVIDENCE – Combined collections of the local 1% meal and beverage and hotel taxes declined 20.6% year over year in January, according to the...

Despite ruling, Block Island group still concerned about CRMC marina approval

NEW SHOREHAM – Despite a state Supreme Court ruling, the Committee for the Great Salt Pond is still concerned that the assent granted by...

Tourism councils want state marketing leader with local knowledge

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s tourism council leaders believe the state’s next chief marketing officer should be someone with local knowledge, marketing experience and a...

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