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BOB BURKE, owner of Pot Au Feu in downtown Providence, covered his restaurant in plywood on Friday ahead of planned demonstrations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN

Ahead of demonstrations, Providence business owners prepare for the worst

PROVIDENCE – After weeks of silence, downtown buzzed with noise on Friday. Drills roared, ladders clattered and the scent of wood swept down the streets...
Bruce Newbury

Eateries already planning how to get diners back

When the opening of the economy is discussed on a state or national level, restaurants are always near the top of the list. Add...
Robert I. Burke has owned downtown Providence restaurant Pot au Feu since 1986. A history enthusiast, he created the city’s Independence Trail in 2007. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘There’s always a way!’

Robert I. Burke | Pot au Feu owner; Independence Trail creator We donned masks, gloves, shoes and hair bonnets, safety glasses and a full-length moon...
Bruce Newbury

Some restaurants make good out of a disaster

It appears that when we emerge from this coronavirus crisis, it will not be all at once but in segments, perhaps industry by industry....

Pot au Feu, Knead Doughnuts sustain damage from trash compactor fire

PROVIDENCE – Firefighters were called to Custom House Street around 4:30 a.m. on April 7 and extinguished a fire there that impacted two businesses,...
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...
FACE TIME: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at one of the daily briefings she has given during the crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Raimondo’s leadership, transparency earn praise

State governors are ­typically not front and center during a national crisis. But the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the U.S. has pushed governors to...
TRUE TEST: Mark S. Hayward, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island office, acknowledges that he hasn’t seen a disruption of business quite like the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. businesses offered SBA help to get through coronavirus epidemic

Mark S. Hayward was in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. With the metro shut down following the devastating terrorist attacks in New York City...
Bruce Newbury

2019 was the year of ‘Uber to table’

The year 2019 may well be remembered in dining circles as one during which a major change took place on both sides of the...
DRAMATIC CHANGE: Tom McGinn, captain and president, and Kristin Stone are co-owners of Providence Riverboat. After the company joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, it shifted its business model from cocktail cruises to catering to the tourism industry and nearly tripled its revenue in the first year, Stone said.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tourism: In search of coordination

The Providence Riverboat Co. once served primarily local customers. Its boats would take groups out on the Providence River for cocktail cruises, leaving from...

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