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Chef spices pop-up restaurant concept

It seems that these days, there is no such thing as “too many chefs in the kitchen.” Invited guest chefs have proven as popular...
FROM THE GROUND, UP: Matthew Varga, executive chef at Gracie’s, tends to the restaurant’s rooftop garden on the nearby Peerless Lofts building. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Moving dirt up high pays off for all flavor of business

When this ole’ world seems too full of concrete and traffic, some Rhode Island businesses are taking to the roof for green space ambiance...

Re-Focus teams with Gracie’s for dinner

PROVIDENCE – Staff and clients of Re-Focus Inc., a Providence nonprofit that serves Rhode Island adults with development disabilities, will have Thanksgiving dinner at...
FARING BETTER: Gracie’s owner Ellen Gracyalny, right, moved the restaurant from Federal Hill to downtown Providence in 2005, finding success with the upscale American fare. /

Fresh food, ingredients spice flavor of Gracie’s

At just 26 years old, Ellen Gracyalny opened Gracie’s on Providence’s famed Federal Hill and differentiated her restaurant from the lineup of great Italian...
Food grown locally in its peak season has more vibrant flavors. /

Varga named executive chef at Gracie’s

Matthew Varga has been named executive chef at Gracie’s. Varga has worked in the kitchen at Gracie’s for the past three years, most recently...

JWU alumna in running for James Beard Award

A yearly rite of spring among chefs, restaurateurs and numerous other professionals in the food and beverage industry is the annual awards gala of...
STAY A WHILE: Amalfi bartender Nathan Wallace serves dinner to customer Ken Tetzner at the Narragansett restaurant. /

R.I. restaurants see glimpse of optimism

Restaurant owners and the state’s hospitality industry never take tourism dollars for granted. In Rhode Island, the entire state is a single destination. As the...
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Despite economy, new eateries are opening

“I get in trouble for saying this, but I really believe we’re not so much in a financial recession as a recession of trust,”...

Eateries are eager to ring in the New Year

The term “Big Three” has been in the news constantly this month. But the restaurant industry has a Big Three of its own: New...

2 restaurants lauded for community service

CRANSTON – Gracie’s Venture in Providence and Evelyn’s Nanaquaket Drive-In in Tiverton have been honored by the Rhode Island Hospitality and Tourism Association with...
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