Restaurateurs react to R.I. dining room closures

BOB BURKE, owner of the French restaurant Pot Au Feu, said that closure of restaurants could lead to many being forced to go to already overtaxed supermarkets. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
BOB BURKE, owner of the French restaurant Pot Au Feu, said that closing or limiting access to restaurants could further tax overburdened supermarkets. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PROVIDENCE – The decision to shut down Rhode Island’s restaurant dining rooms and limit them to takeout, drive-thru and delivery in the wake of the coronavirus crisis was not a complete surprise to many in the restaurant and food-service community. Hospitality officials were tipped off early Monday morning of the pending shutdown. The state’s restaurateurs,…

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