Hospitality & Tourism

Brad Read started his career in sailing as a sailmaker on Aquidneck Island. Twenty-two years ago, at the age of 33, he was brought on to be executive director of Sail Newport, home to New England’s largest public sailing center. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Return with ‘open arms’

Bradford S. Read | Sail Newport executive director Understanding the financial, emotional and health toll this pandemic has taken on our communities, we’ve all taken...
SPORTS BETTORS in Rhode Island lost a collective $841,767 in March, marking a significant slowdown amid sports events being cancelled and casinos closing due to the cOVID-19 pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Sports-betting revenue slows in March amid COVID-19 shutdowns

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island sports betting significantly slowed in March, as shutdowns began impacting professional sports leagues across the world due to the COVID-19...
TWIN RIVER Worldwide Holdings Inc. has entered into two agreements to acquire three casinos Louisiana, Nevada and Atlantic City, N.J.

Twin River enters into agreements to acquire 3 casino properties

PROVIDENCE – Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. has entered into two agreements to acquire three casinos, the company announced Friday. Twin River reached an agreement...
WELCOME WAGON: A New Shoreham police vehicle awaits the Block Island Ferry’s arrival on April 20. Officers have been stationed at the ferry landing to greet visitors and warn them they must quarantine for 14 days. / PBN PHOTO/KARI CURTIS

Isle of anxiety: Can Block Island salvage its tourism season?

It’s not business as usual on Block Island these days. The coronavirus has come ashore, creating a heightened sense of worry not only about public...
Robert I. Burke has owned downtown Providence restaurant Pot au Feu since 1986. A history enthusiast, he created the city’s Independence Trail in 2007. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘There’s always a way!’

Robert I. Burke | Pot au Feu owner; Independence Trail creator We donned masks, gloves, shoes and hair bonnets, safety glasses and a full-length moon...

A summer to remember or forget on Block Island?

Empty streets and boarded up businesses are common sights on Block Island during the cold winter months. That’s when the 1,000 year-round residents have...
Bruce Newbury

East Greenwich bistro launches in midst of a pandemic

Opening a new restaurant in the best of times is a challenge. When it is a “first” restaurant, the stress level increases. But opening...
NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING & Distilling Co. will have a portion of its beer and spirits sales benefiting the Rhode Island Hospitality Employee Relief Fund to help hospitality workers who have been displaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Brendan O'Donnell, pictured, said the current impact on the hospitality industry as a result of the pandemic has been 'devastating.' / COURTESY NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING & DISTILLING CO.

Stepping Up: Newport Craft brewing up donations from sales to help...

NEWPORT – Virtually every city and town across the globe is facing its share of challenges in having to indefinitely shut down its respective...
PROGRAM PARKED: Brian Palmer is the director of training for the Teamsters Local 251 Driving School, which offers commercial driver’s license certification training through a partnership with Real Jobs RI. The program has been temporarily shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Shutdown of R.I. training programs could have lingering effect

You can’t learn to drive a tractor-trailer over Zoom. Which is why the Teamsters ­Local 251 Driving School, which offers commercial driver’s license certification training...
T.F. GREEN AIRPORT, shown earlier this year, will receive $21.7 million in federal funds to help replenish revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Rhode Island airports receive $24M in federal stimulus funding

WARWICK – T.F. Green Airport will receive $21.7 million in federal funds to help replenish lost revenue for operations, as well as capital projects,...

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