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Dining Out: Winning dish now on Gregg’s menu

A few years ago, I had the privilege of serving as a judge for the Rhode Island Hospitality Association Education Foundation’s statewide culinary competition. The...
FULL HOUSE: Jack Hennessey, left, restaurant manager at Avvio Ristorante in Cranston, and Raul Estevez, general manager, hold a meeting with the staff at the restaurant. Avvio is owned by the Newport Restaurant Group. / COURTESY NEWPORT RESTAURANT GROUP/KRISTIN TEIGE

Dining Out: Big batch of hiring at NRG

It is a familiar theme. Hospitality and dining are in the entertainment business. With the spring season beginning, the opening of arts and cultural...
Bruce Newbury

Dining Out: The latest trend in names

If you pass by your favorite restaurant row in just about any city or town, you may pick up on an emerging tread –...
FAMILY AFFAIR: The Persson family, owners of The Nordic Lodge in Charlestown, attend the New England Food Show at the Boston Convention and Visitors Center during the first weekend of April. From left: Pelle Persson, Steve Persson, Cole Persson, Brent Log and Shane Libert. / COURTESY BEN NEWBURY

Buffets are back on the menu

One of the most often asked questions received in the last few months from those on the diner side of the table is when...
Bruce Newbury

Dining Out: Nothing beats a good expo

The expression “the show must go on” applies to the restaurant business in more ways than one. Everyone in the industry comes to the realization...
Bruce Newbury

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...
DISH IN DEMAND: Server William Fitzgerald of Imbriglio’s Pizzeria Napoletana in Newport shows off a popular item on the recent Valentine’s weekend menu. / COURTESY SARDELLA’S

Newport restaurants rebound

There were some choice words used by many restaurant patrons who dined out this past Valentine’s Day that came as a surprise to hosts,...
TEAM MEMBERS: Ocean House executive chef Matthew Voskuil, left, and Wine Director Jonathan Feiler. / 
COURTESY OCEAN HOUSE

Dining Out: Building a special ‘village’

Operating a luxury resort means the ordinary isn’t enough. The Ocean House on the scenic Rhode Island coastline in Westerly revealed a transformation of its...
NEW DIRECTION: The restaurant Simpatico in Jamestown has been acquired by Kevin Gaudreau and will undergo a makeover and a name change. In the spring, the restaurant will open as Beech. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Dining Out: Let’s not forget the ‘open’ signs

Two thousand nine hundred seventy-nine restaurants did not go out of business in Rhode Island this week. This bit of news from restaurant row may...
Bruce Newbury

Warming up your winter

It appears that this young year is running at the same speed as the last two, with the same impaired drivers at the wheel. As...

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