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Burke has been delivering ‘old school’ hospitality at Pot au Feu...

Bob Burke, the dean of Providence restaurateurs, owns Pot au Feu, a beloved French bistro that has been open for 50 years. Upon reading that...
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Hearty portions an R.I. tradition

Rhode Island has never lost the old school touch. A recent story in Food & Wine turned the spotlight on a style of dining that...
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Providence restaurants incorporate echoes of the past in modern dining

In this throwaway culture, something is new for about two weeks, after which it becomes disposable. Time to throw it out – OK, recycle....
BOB BURKE, back row at left, owner of Pot au Feu Restaurant in Providence, says that while local restaurants are back to being full after the COVID-19 pandemic impacted operations, the costs for restaurants to operate has risen due to inflation and supply chain problems. / COURTESY POT AU FEU

R.I. delegation urges SBA to provide financial assistance to still-struggling hospitality...

PROVIDENCE – The state’s congressional delegation is pushing the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide financial assistance to restaurants in both Rhode Island and...
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Dining Out: Are gratuities shrinking?

Signs are all around us of a return to normal. At long last, things appear to look more like the life we knew before...
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,...
BOB BURKE, owner of Pot au Feu Restaurant in Providence, submitted an essay into Barclays Bank's COVID-19 Essay Contest and is among the top 10 finalists for a $50,000 grand prize. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pot au Feu owner hopes contest essay can be a “lifeline”

PROVIDENCE – Pot au Feu Restaurant owner Bob Burke's heartfelt tribute to his employees for their response to COVID-19 has him in the running...
A FRESH TAKE: PB Bistro & Bar in East Greenwich is offering family-sized vegan and vegetarian dishes for the holidays. Patti Burton, far left, and Dan Hatch, far right, opened the plant-based eatery in the spring. With them are sous chef O’Laro Waite, second from the left, and executive chef Mike Fleury.  / COURTESY CAITLIN COSTA

Dining Out: A time of gratitude for the guests

In other times, this space might be holding forth about authentic pizza or barbecue. This time of the year, the Feast of the Seven...
BREATHING EASIER: Jo’s American Bistro Chef Brian Ruffner stands next to an in-take for the new air “scrubbers” at the Newport restaurant. / COURTESY JO’S AMERICAN BISTRO

Dining Out: With winter approaching, a focus on clearing the air

With this year going the way it is, the idea of restaurant superlatives is having a bit of a difficult time. One might actually...

Some downtown businesses take precautions ahead of election results

PROVIDENCE – Months after a night of violent protests damaged some downtown businesses, a few companies were again taking precautions in anticipation of potential...
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