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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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Eateries already planning how to get diners back

When the opening of the economy is discussed on a state or national level, restaurants are always near the top of the list. Add...
Bruce Newbury

Some restaurants make good out of a disaster

It appears that when we emerge from this coronavirus crisis, it will not be all at once but in segments, perhaps industry by industry....

Pot au Feu, Knead Doughnuts sustain damage from trash compactor fire

PROVIDENCE – Firefighters were called to Custom House Street around 4:30 a.m. on April 7 and extinguished a fire there that impacted two businesses,...
BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
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