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Bond between struggling restaurants, patrons endures

Blackie’s restaurant in Smithfield posted a farewell message last July that it was closing its doors for good due to COVID-19. On March 1,...
GRACIE'S VENTURES INC., which owns and operates Gracie's restaurant, pictured, and Ellie's Bakery, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a report Monday by WPRI-TV CBS 12. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

WPRI: Gracie’s files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

PROVIDENCE – Gracie’s Ventures Inc., the owning entity of Gracie’s restaurant on Washington Street and the adjacent café Ellie’s Bakery, has filed for Chapter...
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 finding takeout, delivery have their frustrations

“Please tip for takeout.” That plea from a high school senior who has worked in food service for two years at a neighborhood restaurant sums...
CULTIVATING CHEFS: Gracie’s Ventures owner Ellen Slattery said the restaurant has an internship program with culinary arts school Johnson & Wales University, located three blocks away in Providence.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Most R.I. restaurants open – for now

At Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s daily briefings over the weekend on what the state is doing to contain the local spread of the coronavirus,...
THE OCEAN HOUSE and its restaurant, COAST, were each given the 2020 AAA Five Diamond designation for lodging and dining, respectively, AAA Northeast announced Wednesday. / COURTESY THE OCEAN HOUSE

Ocean House, COAST restaurant receive AAA’s Five Diamond designation

PROVIDENCE – The Ocean House and COAST restaurant each received the 2020 AAA Five Diamond Rating, AAA Northeast announced Wednesday. The 72-room hotel, which first received...
Bruce Newbury

R.I. restaurants cooking up some good deeds

This time of the year, there is a kindness movement that almost everyone joins. It may be the magic of the season. At the...
Bruce Newbury

New foodie destinations

The restaurant business has endless appeal to the entrepreneurs and adventurers who join it each year. There are as many reasons for getting into...
WINNING CONFECTIONS: Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, was recognized as one of the 50 best new pastry chefs in the nation in 2012 by Food & Wine magazine.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MARK S. MURPHY

Pastry chef evolves, with sweet success

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE  Melissa Denmark, Gracie’s Being a professional chef in Rhode Island is unlike anywhere else, says Melissa Denmark, executive pastry...

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