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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...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS honored is 2020 25 Leaders & Achievers in a virtual ceremony Aug. 20.

25 business leaders honored as PBN’s 2020 Leaders & Achievers

PROVIDENCE – Twenty-five local business leaders were honored on Aug. 20 by Providence Business News for their career achievements as part of the publication’s...
LONG ROAD AHEAD: Pot au Feu restaurant co-owner Bob Burke said Rhode Island’s restaurant industry has a difficult road ahead to recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Bob Burke, founder and owner, Pot au Feu Restaurant/Independence Trai

PBN 2020 Leaders & Achievers Awards Bob Burke | Founder and co-owner, Pot au Feu/Independence Trail Educational Foundation IT IS LOGICAL for a downtown business...

PBN announces 2020 25 Leaders & Achievers honorees

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News has announced its winners for its second annual 25 Leaders & Achievers Awards program honoring local business leaders. The individuals...
BOB BURKE, owner of Pot Au Feu in downtown Providence, covered his restaurant in plywood on Friday ahead of planned demonstrations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN

Ahead of demonstrations, Providence business owners prepare for the worst

PROVIDENCE – After weeks of silence, downtown buzzed with noise on Friday. Drills roared, ladders clattered and the scent of wood swept down the streets...

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