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Pandemic magnifies mall woes

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the consumer shift to online shopping, and the strain is being felt more acutely at mall retailers because of...
PERMANENT CHANGE: Dino Passaretta, CEO of the Downtown Restaurant Group, says the pandemic forced his businesses to make adjustments that will remain after the crisis has passed, including outdoor dining and online ordering. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Restaurant rebound will be ‘joint effort’

Dino Passaretta is CEO of the Downtown Restaurant Group, which operates five Rhode Island restaurants: Public Kitchen & Bar in Providence, Centro Restaurant &...

Hotel industry: We’re in dire need

With nearly 8,800 left jobless in Rhode Island’s hotel sector and an estimated 8 out of every 10 hotel rooms empty, some local hospitality...

Fight for Air Climb Providence to be held virtually due to...

PROVIDENCE – The Fight for Air Climb Providence will be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Lung Association announced. The...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS has announced eight winners for its 2020 C-Suite Awards program.

BCBSRI’s Collins named Career Achiever among winners for PBN’s C-Suite Awards

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News announced Friday its winners for the 2020 C-Suite Awards, honoring top C-level executives in the public, private and nonprofit...
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...
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...
THE 354-ROOM OMNI PROVIDENCE HOTEL will be closing until June 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the company has told WPRI-TV. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Omni Providence Hotel, three Newport hotels closing in response to coronavirus

PROVIDENCE – The Omni Providence Hotel will be closing March 23 until June 1 because of the coronavirus crisis, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported Thursday...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza has announced the return of the #ThinkPVD campaign for 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Increasing property fees to tax-exempt organizations tops list of Elorza’s legislative...

PROVIDENCE – Increasing fees charged to tax-exempt properties, redirecting money paid by the Omni Providence Hotel to the state hotel tax and the creation...
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R.I. high school students hone their hospitality chops at career conference

The Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation recently held a Hospitality Student Career Conference for 150 high school students who are currently enrolled in a...

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