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HASN’T BEEN EASY: Terry Coburn, left, and Brian Buonaiuto, co-owners of Coffee and Crumbs in Cranston, opened their shop just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in March. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New restaurateurs forge ahead amid the crisis

The changing restrictions for restaurants in recent months have been severe. Curbside pick-up only. Outdoor dining only. Capacity limits. And now the latest: curfews that...

R.I.’s top tourism job in limbo

Almost five months after the state’s top tourism official resigned, R.I. Commerce Corp.’s promotional efforts “haven’t skipped a beat,” according to the agency’s interim...

After 6 months, live music is coming back to Newport

NEWPORT – For six months, purchasing concert tickets meant registering online, stub costs transitioned to suggested donations and attending meant tuning into Facebook Live...
BOTTLE OF VINO: Armando Bisceglia, owner of Bacco Vino & Contorni on Providence’s Federal Hill, serves wine to Sarah Long of Swansea on a Friday night. On Fridays and Saturdays, Atwells Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic so restaurateurs can set up tables outside along the street. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TOURISM PIVOT: Struggling industry shifts focus closer to home

Ella Gonzalez is used to hearing families from faraway places bustling into the lobby of the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina during the summer....
THE WAY IT WAS: Visitors tour the Breakers Mansion in Newport in a time before the coronavirus pandemic. Normally a major tourism draw, the Newport Mansions remain closed, and opening dates haven’t been announced, as of May 20. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

Can R.I. tourism avoid summer of sadness?

From beach vacations to business conferences, travel-related tourism is the lifeblood of the state economy, generating $6.8 billion in 2018, according to a report...
STAYING SAFE: A new PBN survey found many Rhode Islanders won’t feel safe around large groups of people until next year. For businesses that rely on tourism, that might mean a renewed focus on family activities this summer, including bike tours. Above, a cyclist passes Your Bike Shop in Warren. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RYAN T. CONATY

PBN survey offers hope for some businesses, concerns for others

The good news in a recent PBN survey is that many Rhode Islanders are ready to get back to their workplaces, shopping habits and...

Greater Newport Chamber, Discover Newport form taskforce to combat COVID-19

NEWPORT – Restore Greater Newport, an economic recovery and resilience task force, has been formed, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and Discover Newport...
PRIME LOCATION: The Newport Country Club is scheduled to host the U.S. Senior Open golf championship from June 25-28. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

For Senior Open, organizers trying to take right course of action

Planning for the 2020 U.S. Senior Open started at least 2½ years ago, when the U.S. Golf Association announced that it would hold the...

Tom McNiff Appointed to Discover Newport Board of Directors

Tom McNiff, co-owner and operator of The General’s Crossing Brewhouse in Jamestown, has been appointed to Discover Newport’s Board of Directors representing the town...
CIRCUITOUS ROUTE: Geremie Callaghan worked in the music and cosmetics industries while living in New York City before returning to Rhode Island to open seafood restaurant Fluke in Newport with her husband, Jeff. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Winding career path led restaurateur home to Newport

Geremie Callaghan and her husband, Jeff, were on their third date, at LeBistro, on Bannister’s Wharf at Newport Harbor in 1993. The cozy restaurant proved...

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