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Does restaurants’ expanded sidewalk seating need limits?

Outdoor seating on sidewalks, bike lanes and city streets have helped save restaurants and bars during the pandemic, but some say it’s making it...

Are you more or less likely to eat at a restaurant...

Some Rhode Island restaurateurs are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for anyone who wants to eat indoors. The moves follow similar...

Local restaurateurs split over vaccine requirements for diners

PROVIDENCE - The New York Times called a mere 45 minutes after Benjamin Sukle posted  a new set of COVID-19-related restrictions at his downtown...
A PATIENT HOST: Erin Umbdenstock held out hope she’d get her job back when she was laid off from the Providence Marriott Downtown when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It turned out better than that for her. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hospitality’s headache: How to attract, keep workers 

Erin Umbdenstock spent her four-month stint of unemployment trying to keep busy. She cooked and cleaned her Coventry apartment and took up several new hobbies....
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...
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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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