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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...
Bruce Newbury

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...
Bruce Newbury

Sarto has sense of place

Some restaurants are menu-driven, others price-driven. One of the newest downtown Providence restaurants describes itself as “neighborhood-driven.” The new Sarto on Weybosset Street is a...
Bruce Newbury

Rhode Island culinary culture recognized near and far

Rhode Island continues to receive national and international accolades for our leading-edge culinary culture. On Sept. 12, the Rhode Island Hospitality Association hosted the 15th...
Bruce Newbury

Relocation of north to Dean Hotel a local restaurant-culture win

Owned by chef James Mark, Providence restaurant north announced it will be relocating to the Dean Hotel this September, replacing the current German eatery,...
THE RESTAURANT NORTH will be moving to the Dean Hotel replacing the current German eatery Faust. A new concept will be opening at north's current location in Luongo Square. / COURTESY CHRISTIAN HARDER

Restaurant north moves east

PROVIDENCE - The dynamic restaurant scene in Providence continues to evolve with a popular eatery in one of the city's emerging Restaurant Rows moving downtown. north owned...

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