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COLLECTION OF the 5% hotel tax in Rhode Island in October declined 57.2% year over year to $914,188. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Collection of 5% hotel tax in R.I. declines 57.2% Y/Y in...

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 5% hotel tax in October in Rhode Island declined 57.2% year over year in Rhode Island to $914,188, the...

Block Island tourism surprises

Amid the widespread economic carnage wrought by the pandemic in 2020, somehow tiny Block Island and its tourist-dependent businesses emerged to fight another day. “No...
BLOCK ISLAND BUSINESSES had feared tourism would be decimated when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last spring, but it turns out the 2020 season wasn’t as dreadful as officials thought it might be. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Down year is OK for Block Island

Block Island’s tourism-dependent business owners entered the summer fearful of the damage the COVID-19 pandemic would do to their livelihoods, but most report that...
NEW SURROUNDINGS: Bahjat Shariff, a former Cumberland-based executive with a Panera Bread franchisee, is now a high-level executive with a fast-casual restaurant chain in Albuquerque, N.M. / COURTESY BAHJAT SHARIFF

Dining Out: Embracing the chile life

“Our Hatch green chile is the calamari of New Mexico!” That’s what Bahjat Shariff had to say about the cuisine of his new home in...

Tidewater Landing master plan details design, construction timeline

PAWTUCKET - After a year of extended deadlines on a multimillion dollar, mixed-use development anchored by a soccer stadium, developers of the proposed Tidewater...

Combined collection of 1% hotel and meal and beverage taxes declines...

PROVIDENCE – The combined collection of local 1% hotel and meal and beverage taxes in October declined 24.6% year over year, according to the...
THE FIRST SHIPMENT of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is unpacked at Rhode Island Hospital on Dec. 22. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY

R.I. groups make arguments for vaccine priority

The highly anticipated rollout of the first vaccines for COVID-19 has begun in Rhode Island, but the order of those inoculations is under scrutiny. The...
FESTIVAL BALLET PROVIDENCE will offer the community free of charge its 2020-21 modified production of 'Nutcracker Sweets!' online beginning Thursday through Jan. 10. / COURTESY FESTIVAL BALLET PROVIDENCE

Stepping Up: Festival Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Sweets!’ will go on – online

PROVIDENCE – For Festival Ballet Providence, the show must go on. That mentality is not just for the local performing-arts enthusiasts who are in need...
NOT QUITE SHOWTIME: J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, Providence Performing Arts Center president, says getting the theater up and running to the level it was before the pandemic won’t be “like turning the light switch on.” / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Curtain will go up again, but slowly

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, president of the Providence Performing Arts Center, has had to overcome hurdles since joining PPAC nearly four decades ago. The COVID-19...
PERMANENT CHANGE: Dino Passaretta, CEO of the Downtown Restaurant Group, says the pandemic forced his businesses to make adjustments that will remain after the crisis has passed, including outdoor dining and online ordering. 

Restaurant rebound will be ‘joint effort’

Dino Passaretta is CEO of the Downtown Restaurant Group, which operates five Rhode Island restaurants: Public Kitchen & Bar in Providence, Centro Restaurant &...

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