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PUT TO THE TEST: Adam Lastrina, owner of Knead Doughnuts in Providence, posted on social media that the day before Valentine’s Day last month was one of the company’s biggest production days ever. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dining Out: Missing the bigger story

Has good news from restaurant row become the “man bites dog” story of 2021? That’s the old journalism trope used to describe how unusual,...
THE CROMWELL LUNCH LADIES, including owners of Baked Bean PVD, Solid Gold Provisions and HG80 box meals for distribution to Providence children. COURTESY ADAM LASTRINA.

Stepping Up: Cromwell Lunch Ladies serve chef-created meals to Providence school...

PROVIDENCE – In a matter of weeks, Providence school children in April went from having their lunches, and often breakfasts, served at school to...
KITCHEN TIME: Josh Berner, owner of the food truck HG80, uses commercial-grade equipment at the Providence Kitchen Collaborative to prep ingredients before heading out on the road. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

New life breathed into kitchen collaborative

Restaurants and other food businesses, like many small businesses, have high failure rates. How to get started in the business while learning the ropes?...
WEEKEND WARRIORS: Knead Doughnuts co-owner Adam Lastrina, right, and Bryan Tsai, production supervisor, prepare doughnuts in March. While the bakery has three locations in Rhode Island, only one remains open, serving takeout orders on the weekends only. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Knead Doughnuts waiting for a time to rise again

After four years of business growth and expansion, Knead Doughnuts completed its move into a larger commercial kitchen in February. The new space, in a...

Knead Doughnuts to open third retail store

PROVIDENCE – Artisan doughnut maker Knead Doughnuts on Friday is expected to open a new retail location in a renovated former mill in the...
Bruce Newbury

Comfortable just selling doughnuts, Knead grows operations

“We decide today on tomorrow’s doughnuts!” The baker at Knead Doughnuts put the finishing touches on the last of the next day’s baking and...
AGGRESSIVE GROWTH: Adam Lastrina, co-owner of Knead Doughnuts, is pictured at the company’s newest location at 135 Elmgrove Ave. on the East Side in Providence, which opened in April. The company opened its first location in downtown Providence in December 2016 and hopes to open four locations within five years.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE TALERICO

Twice is nice for Knead

Rhode Island got its first taste of Knead Doughnuts last year, and co-owner Adam Lastrina says that ever since, it’s been wanting more. And Knead...

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