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PLAYING IT SAFE: As hurt as his two Providence restaurants have been by the coronavirus panademic, James Mark says he won’t open his restaurants for dine-in service until there’s a vaccine, treatment or widespread testing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Are we ready? Raimondo moves ahead with reopening R.I.

Mounting case counts, hospitalizations and deaths. Soaring unemployment claims and nose-diving tax revenue. Mysteriously high infection rates among Latinos. No matter what part of...
BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
MARIANA GONZALEZ-TRASVINA, executive chef of Bar ‘Cino has been nominated for Outstanding Rising Star Chef in the James Beard Foundation Awards. / COURTESY NEWPORT RESTAURANT GROUP

R.I. chefs nominated for James Beard Foundation Awards

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island again is well-represented in the James Beard Foundation Awards, known as the “Oscars Of The Food World.” The semifinalists in...
ALEPPO SWEETS was one of two Providence restaurants determined to be among the 50 best new restaurants in the United States, according to Bon Appetit.

2 Providence restaurants among Bon Appetit’s top 50 new eateries in...

PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island eateries were named among Bon Appetit’s Top 50 Nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants 2019. Aleppo Sweets and Big King...
LOCAL FLAVOR: Gracie’s is taking part in the summer Providence Restaurant Weeks, July 7-20. Owner Ellen Slattery with, background from left, kitchen staff Jordan Fleischer, Brian O’Connell, Andres Rodriguez and Josh Berman, in the restaurant's Washington Street location in Providence. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Providence Restaurant Weeks arrives with summer

PROVIDENCE – When the outside temperature heats up, savvy foodies know it is time to make plans to take part in Providence Restaurant Weeks....
BOSTON CHEF Tony Messina was named Best Chef-Northeast in the 2019 James Beard Awards. Two Rhode Island chefs were in contention for the award this year.

Boston’s Messina takes home regional James Beard award over Providence hopefuls

PROVIDENCE – “I have a job to do. We all do. We can include everyone in the conversation of cooking.” With those remarks delivered...
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Discovering new places the low-tech way

The future of restaurant discovery may well be the state of the art 40 years ago. Before restaurant reviews and reservations were on platforms,...

Beards confirm what we know in R.I.

The recent announcement that two Providence chefs have been named finalists in the 2019 James Beard Awards program is validation of what Rhode Islanders...

R.I. sends 2 chefs to James Beard Award finals

PROVIDENCE - The finalists in the 2019 James Beard Awards announced Wednesday included two Rhode Island chefs. For Best Chef: Northeast, two of the...
BEN SUKLE, chef and proprietor with his wife Heidi of Oberlin and birch restaurants in Providence, is a semifinalist for Best Chef-Northeast in the 2019 James Beard Awards. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Two R.I. chefs named James Beard Award semifinalists

PROVIDENCE - The 2019 James Beard Award semifinalists were announced Wednesday morning and two Rhode Island chef-restaurateurs are in the hunt. Nominated for Best Chef-Northeast...

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