Dining Out: Restaurateurs make fresh start in Smithfield

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
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
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 was one of those all-time prime spots. The proprietor literally would have customers entering his doors from all directions, from trains, boats and automobiles. That is, until all the customers…
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