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Dining Out: Truly, a season of renewal

Springtime is always a season of rebirth and renewal. That phenomenon is in evidence on restaurant row. Eateries are reporting a return of faithful...

Elorza announces fee waivers, programs to ease small-business burden on outdoor...

PROVIDENCE – The city is re-upping policies and programs designed to make it easier and cheaper for local restaurants and retailers to hold COVID-19-friendly...
GOV. GINA M. Raimondo announced Tuesday that Rhode Island has used all of its $1.25 billion in CARES Act funds. / COURTESY R.I. CAPITOL TV

Raimondo: R.I. is on track to use ‘every dollar’ of CARES...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is on track to spend every dollar of the state's $1.25 billion slice of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security...
R.I COMMERCE CORP. revealed the first round of recipients of the state's COVID-19-related hospitality, arts and tourism grant program Tuesday night. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE

R.I. Commerce announces $1.4M in grants for hospitality, arts, tourism sectors

PROVIDENCE - More than a month after Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced a $20 million COVID-19-related grant program to support the state's hospitality, arts...
Rick Simone founded EGN LLC, a consulting firm for marketing, public relations and event production, in 2012. He’s served as executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association since 2015. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lead with optimism

Rick Simone  | EGN LLC president; Federal Hill Commerce Association executive director Never in my career have I spent so much time on crisis management. The...
IN GOVERNOR Gina M. Raimondo's new bout of restrictions announced Thursday included early curfews for restaurants and bars. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Restaurant, hospitality leaders criticize governor’s new business-hour restrictions

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's new restrictions announced on Thursday included early curfews for restaurants and bars that industry leaders say will hurt...
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...
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...
UNEXPECTED: Rick Simone, executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, says restaurants at DePasquale Square in Providence were caught by surprise by the activist group PROVX’s protest on Aug. 24. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Racial-justice protests put businesses in tough spot

Tensions are mounting between activists with the Black Lives Matter movement and the small-business community. At issue is whether the disruption caused by demonstrations, and...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced Wednesday that starting Friday, bars at restaurants must shut down by 11 p.m. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

Roughly 90 R.I. restaurants/bars showed some noncompliance; Simone concerned about curfew

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will implement its 11 p.m. shutdown for bars Friday, after Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said during her weekly COVID-19 press...

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