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GRACIE’S TEAM: Gracie’s Ventures owner Ellen Slattery, second from right, with, from left, Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef; Matt Varga, executive chef; Brian O’Connell; Griffin Vosbeck; Jordan Fleischer; Johnathan Maccini; Andres Rodriguez; and Josh Berman. Slattery said the biggest challenge has been hiring but the restaurant has had the same team for a year. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Gracie’s founder Ellen Slattery looks to bridge the divide between special-occasion...

Gracie’s Ventures Inc. will have plenty to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, including a milestone not many restaurants can tout – a 20th anniversary.At...

Commerce CMO Salamano to return to private sector in Jan.

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. Chief Marketing Officer Lara Salamano is returning to the private sector in mid-January, Commerce RI announced on Dec. 10.During...
DUTCH HARBOR Boat Yard in Jamestown, above, and the Newport Yachting Center Marina in Newport were named Elite Fleet tier marinas for 2018 by Marinas.com. / COURTESY MARINAS.COM

2 R.I. marinas honored as elite by Marinas.com

PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island marinas were among the 21 marinas honored in the 2018 Boaters’ Choice Awards Elite Fleet tier curated by Marinas.com,...

DOR: 1% meal and beverage tax collections total $2.1M in Sept.

PROVIDENCE – Allocation of the local 1 percent meal and beverage tax totaled $2.1 million in September, a 19.2 percent decline year over year...

Amtrak seeking applications for new social media residency program

PROVIDENCE – Amtrak has announced a new residency program, in which select individuals are invited to ride its long-distance trains and write about it...
LARA SALAMANO will depart her role as chief marketing officer at Commerce RI for the private sector in mid-January. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commerce CMO Salamano to return to private sector in Jan.

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Chief Marketing Officer Lara Salamano is leaving the administration to return to the private sector in mid-January, according to...
LOCAL 1 PERCENT hotel tax collections totaled $627,575 in September, an 8.5 percent increase from September 2017. Collections from realtors and homeowners totaled $139,323 for the month, a 76.2 percent year over year increase. / COURTESY DURKIN COTTAGE REALTY

1% hotel tax collections jump up in Sept.

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 1 percent hotel tax in Rhode Island in September totaled $627,575, an 8.5 percent increase from the year prior,...
RHODE ISLAND'S 5 PERCENT hotel tax collections totaled $3.2 million in August. The Omni Providence Hotel, pictured above, accounted for $73,587 of the tax collection for the month. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

5% hotel tax collection stays level at $3.2M in Aug.

PROVIDENCE - Collection of the 5 percent hotel tax in August totaled $3.21 million, a 1 percent increase from $3.18 million the year prior,...
LOCAL 1 PERCENT hotel tax collections totaled $723,186 in August, a 6 percent decline from the previous year. Collections from realtors and homeowners totaled $81,638 for the month. / COURTESY DURKIN COTTAGE REALTY

Collection of 1% hotel tax $723.2K in Aug.

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 1 percent hotel tax in August in Rhode Island totaled $723,186, a 6 percent decline year over year from...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Transportation will be installing new exit marker numbers on Route 4 in Warwick, East Greenwich and North Kingstown, as well as Route 78 in Westerly. The department will also introduce exit numbers to Route 403 in Each Greenwich and North Kingstown, as well as for the Airport Connector in Warwick.

RIDOT to install new exit markers on Route 4, Route 78...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Transportation is forging ahead on Phase II of its highway renumbering program, which is designed to bring the...
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