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BY THE FIRE: 15 Point Road Restaurant in Portsmouth turned on the outdoor heaters in the first weekend of October. Proprietors Sean and Carly Smith said the heaters arrived after being on back order for months. / COURTESY 15 POINT ROAD RESTAURANT

Dining Out: Naysayers may be wrong

Under normal circumstances, the restaurant industry can be tremendously exciting. Every night is a performance and a roll of the dice. Will our place...

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...
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: PB Bistro & Bar had been setting up tables on the sidewalk on Main Street in East Greenwich, but on Labor Day weekend the restaurant and others were allowed to move the tables to the closed street. / COURTESY PB BISTRO & BAR

Restaurants are weathering the worst

This summer was like no other. Across the country, sections of cities and towns were transformed into terraces and piazzas where restaurant tables migrated...
OPENING ACTION: Jodi Ricci, third from the left, and her husband, Michael Mota, fourth from the left, cut the ribbon at the opening of Lola’s Lounge and Cantina in Smithfield. Joining them, from left, are Scott Connory, vice president of sales; Joe Ricci, co-owner; Smithfield Town Manager Randy Rossi; and Town Councilman Sean Kilduff. / COURTESY LOLA’S LOUNGE AND CANTINA

Dining Out: Restaurateurs make fresh start in Smithfield

Restaurateur Michael Mota had to pivot. He created Skyline at Waterplace in Providence. The restaurant and event venue located in the center of the city...
SAFETY FIRST: A waiter serves diners during an “Al Fresco on the Hill” event on Atwells Avenue in Providence. Restaurateurs say stressed staffers are playing the role of enforcers of mask guidelines while keeping an eye out for state inspectors.  / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Dining Out: Workers are feeling the stress

Experts, restaurateurs and that little voice in our heads all agree: We need to get out and be with people. Beyond that, we seem...
Bruce Newbury

Restaurants go through indoor dining learning curve

When the state issued guidelines for Phase II of reopening for restaurants – allowing for indoor dining – Rhode Island restaurateurs scrutinized them word...
Bruce Newbury

New phase means an awkward step outdoors

We are going outside to eat at this stage of the coronavirus crisis. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo started allowing limited outdoor dining for restaurants...
Bruce Newbury

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

East Greenwich bistro launches in midst of a pandemic

Opening a new restaurant in the best of times is a challenge. When it is a “first” restaurant, the stress level increases. But opening...
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....

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