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TAKEOUT: Red Stripe in Providence is a city neighborhood restaurant that doesn’t have a drive-thru, but it has converted its back door into something approximating one. General Manager Mike Marchezzo delivers an order to Bill Heindel, of Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Buildings with drive-thrus scarce on the market

The lap blankets, heat lamps and tent-like enclosures will only carry a restaurant so far in the winter. What restaurants really need are drive-thrus. Or...

Dining Out: The hurdles keep coming

Restaurants are complex places. There are legal and fire codes, health and safety requirements, municipal and state inspections, regulations and licensing, year in and...
EXPERTS SAID it was "virtually impossible" to predict Rhode Island hospitality figures for next year due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic at the 17th annual Rhode Island Hospitality Association Economic Outlook Breakfast. / COURTESY NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION

Experts say R.I. hospitality, tourism industries could take years to come...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had been expecting moderate growth in the restaurant industry and modest lodging industry growth into next year. What these industries...

Hotel industry: We’re in dire need

With nearly 8,800 left jobless in Rhode Island’s hotel sector and an estimated 8 out of every 10 hotel rooms empty, some local hospitality...
LEMONADE FROM LEMONS: COVID-19 has curbed traffic and customers on Providence’s Federal Hill but restaurants there such as Ristor­ante II Massimo have fought back with Al Fresco On The Hill. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Federal Hill restaurants offer a lesson in perseverance

While the immediate future for Providence’s normally thriving restaurant scene is decidedly uncertain, an experiment underway on Federal Hill offers hope – and perhaps...

Five Questions With: Dale Venturini, CEO and president of the Rhode...

1. What steps has the Rhode Island Hospitality Association taken to help restaurants stay on their feet during the pandemic? We have provided a...
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Rhode Island Hospitality Association Chief Operating Officer Heather Singleton helped the association increase the number of courses it offers, including developing “Coaching for First-Time ­Managers.”  / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION

Heather Singleton’s hospitality to others provides major benefit to the community

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 WOMAN TO WATCH, HOSPITALITY: Heather Singleton | Rhode Island Hospitality Association THOSE IN THE HOSPITALITY industry are passionate about serving...
BRIDGE BUZZ: Bryan Lavin, an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Hospitality Management, says the pedestrian bridge in Providence has been generating positive reviews in the tourism space. / BN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. tourism inches toward sustainability as threats from climate change, ‘overtourism’...

About 25 million visitors drive, fly and sail into Rhode Island each year. Mansions, restaurants, theaters and historical sites attract their fair share of...

Visas fill hundreds of summer jobs

It’s midsummer, and Susan Tosun is still waiting on a few Newport residents who were offered seasonal jobs to get back to her. Each year...
ANTIQUE FIREHOUSE: Christopher Bicho, owner of six boutique hotel properties in Newport, including the Town & Tide Inn, stands in a renovated, antique firehouse that he rents out as an Airbnb site.

Boutique hotels go mainstream

Early on a chilly Wednesday morning just before Memorial Day weekend, Christopher Bicho walks into the Town & Tide Inn in Newport. An aroma...

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