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Hospitality & Tourism

Birch to close in Oct. due to COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – Providence restaurant staple birch is closing permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, acclaimed chef and co-owner Benjamin Sukle announced on Tuesday.  The 18-seat...

Venus de Milo to close, property for sale

SWANSEA –  The iconic Venus de Milo banquet venue is closing and the property is for sale for $4.8 million. The 60,000-square-foot wedding and banquet...
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: PB Bistro & Bar had been setting up tables on the sidewalk on Main Street in East Greenwich, but on Labor Day weekend the restaurant and others were allowed to move the tables to the closed street. / COURTESY PB BISTRO & BAR

Restaurants are weathering the worst

This summer was like no other. Across the country, sections of cities and towns were transformed into terraces and piazzas where restaurant tables migrated...
EXPERTS SAID it was "virtually impossible" to predict Rhode Island hospitality figures for next year due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic at the 17th annual Rhode Island Hospitality Association Economic Outlook Breakfast. / COURTESY NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION

Experts say R.I. hospitality, tourism industries could take years to come...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had been expecting moderate growth in the restaurant industry and modest lodging industry growth into next year. What these industries...
David Dadekian in 2010 founded Eat Drink RI LLC, a Coventry-based media, marketing and event-production company for all things culinary in the region. / Courtesy David Dadekian

Communicate with customers

David Dadekian | Eat Drink RI LLC founder and owner The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the financial difficulties and inequities that are part of...
UNEXPECTED: Rick Simone, executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, says restaurants at DePasquale Square in Providence were caught by surprise by the activist group PROVX’s protest on Aug. 24. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Racial-justice protests put businesses in tough spot

Tensions are mounting between activists with the Black Lives Matter movement and the small-business community. At issue is whether the disruption caused by demonstrations, and...
OPENING ACTION: Jodi Ricci, third from the left, and her husband, Michael Mota, fourth from the left, cut the ribbon at the opening of Lola’s Lounge and Cantina in Smithfield. Joining them, from left, are Scott Connory, vice president of sales; Joe Ricci, co-owner; Smithfield Town Manager Randy Rossi; and Town Councilman Sean Kilduff. / COURTESY LOLA’S LOUNGE AND CANTINA

Dining Out: Restaurateurs make fresh start in Smithfield

Restaurateur Michael Mota had to pivot. He created Skyline at Waterplace in Providence. The restaurant and event venue located in the center of the city...

Hotel industry: We’re in dire need

With nearly 8,800 left jobless in Rhode Island’s hotel sector and an estimated 8 out of every 10 hotel rooms empty, some local hospitality...

Twin River may lay off workers at Rhode Island casinos

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Rhode Island's two casinos could lay off more than 1,300 workers combined in September, according to documents filed with state labor...
HEAVY DUTY: Melaku Gebermariam uses an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect the inside of a Delta Airlines jet between flights on July 22, at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va. / AP FILE PHOTO/NATHAN ELLGREN

Air travel reshaped as carriers struggle with pandemic

In a bid to survive, airlines are desperately trying to convince a wary public that measures such as mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air...

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