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Tipped workers still feeling the pain

Even prior to COVID-19, tipped workers suffered from the inadequacies of the U.S. social safety net and minimum-wage standards. The pandemic has exposed not only...
LONG ROAD AHEAD: Pot au Feu restaurant co-owner Bob Burke said Rhode Island’s restaurant industry has a difficult road ahead to recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Bob Burke, founder and owner, Pot au Feu Restaurant/Independence Trai

PBN 2020 Leaders & Achievers Awards Bob Burke | Founder and co-owner, Pot au Feu/Independence Trail Educational Foundation IT IS LOGICAL for a downtown business...
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...
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 FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Winding road leads Fluke Newport co-owner back home to Newport

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Geremie Callaghan | Fluke Newport GEREMIE CALLAGHAN and her husband, Jeff, were on their third date, at LeBistro,...
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Rhode Island Hospitality Association Chief Operating Officer Heather Singleton helped the association increase the number of courses it offers, including developing “Coaching for First-Time ­Managers.”  / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION

Heather Singleton’s hospitality to others provides major benefit to the community

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 WOMAN TO WATCH, HOSPITALITY: Heather Singleton | Rhode Island Hospitality Association THOSE IN THE HOSPITALITY industry are passionate about serving...
Kristen Adamo

Tourism will need support from R.I. leaders

On the morning of March 11, thousands of young athletes from across the Northeast were packing their bags for a trip to Providence. They...
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...
NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING & Distilling Co. will have a portion of its beer and spirits sales benefiting the Rhode Island Hospitality Employee Relief Fund to help hospitality workers who have been displaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Brendan O'Donnell, pictured, said the current impact on the hospitality industry as a result of the pandemic has been 'devastating.' / COURTESY NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING & DISTILLING CO.

Stepping Up: Newport Craft brewing up donations from sales to help...

NEWPORT – Virtually every city and town across the globe is facing its share of challenges in having to indefinitely shut down its respective...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in a barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick. Cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic have dealt the hospitality sector a severe blow. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. hotels have checked out for now

It’s early spring, a time when people normally are planning their summer vacations. But 2020 isn’t normal, for reasons that have become distressingly obvious to...
FRESH HARVEST: Perry Raso, owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingstown, pulls up oysters from his oyster farm located near the restaurant. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Thriving Matunuck Oyster Farm has fed offshoot businesses

Matunuck Oyster Farm LLC, a 7-acre plot in South Kingstown’s Potter Pond, is home to countless oysters that will eventually end up on a...

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