Gracie’s founder Ellen Slattery looks to bridge the divide between special-occasion and casual fare

GRACIE’S TEAM: Gracie’s Ventures owner Ellen Slattery, second from right, with, from left, Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef; Matt Varga, executive chef; Brian O’Connell; Griffin Vosbeck; Jordan Fleischer; Johnathan Maccini; Andres Rodriguez; and Josh Berman. Slattery said the biggest challenge has been hiring but the restaurant has had the same team for a year. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
GRACIE’S TEAM: Gracie’s Ventures owner Ellen Slattery, second from right, with, from left, Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef; Matt Varga, executive chef; Brian O’Connell; Griffin Vosbeck; Jordan Fleischer; Johnathan Maccini; Andres Rodriguez; and Josh Berman. Slattery said the biggest challenge has been hiring but the restaurant has had the same team for a year. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
Gracie’s Ventures Inc. will have plenty to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, including a milestone not many restaurants can tout – a 20th anniversary. At the helm since its opening in 1998 on Federal Hill in Providence, Ellen Slattery has steadily built the brand while also mentoring the next generation at her alma mater, Johnson…

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