Downtown doldrums: Providence’s economic, cultural engine stuck in neutral

FEELING A LULL: Yoleni’s Providence co-owner John Philippides, left, and marketing manager Danny Willis say lunchtime business at the Greek restaurant and marketplace has suffered because fewer workers have been in downtown Providence offices during the pandemic.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
FEELING A LULL: Yoleni’s Providence co-owner John Philippides, left, and marketing manager Danny Willis say lunchtime business at the Greek restaurant and marketplace has suffered because fewer workers have been in downtown Providence offices during the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Adam Buck opened The Small Point Cafe Inc. nine years ago when a gathering place such as his, where people could chat or work for hours, was hard to find in downtown ­Providence. Because of that, Small Point became a popular spot along Westminster Street. But as with so many things, the cafe has been…

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  1. Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau… has worked closely with downtown businesses, including hotels and restaurants, on a campaign launching Aug. 16 called “Stay Local Eat Well” that will be like a lengthened Restaurant Week, with package deals. It is aimed at Rhode Islanders.

    Interesting. I’d be interested in learning more.