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EMPTY SEATS: Yoleni’s co-owner John Philippides, left, and marketing manager Danny Willis say their business and many others in downtown Providence are dependent on college students returning to the city this month and next.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Helping Providence’s downtown is boost for the entire state

Providence is the engine that drives Rhode Island’s economy. And the downtown is the capital city’s heartbeat. It’s been that way since a transformation that...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced Wednesday that starting Friday, bars at restaurants must shut down by 11 p.m. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

Roughly 90 R.I. restaurants/bars showed some noncompliance; Simone concerned about curfew

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will implement its 11 p.m. shutdown for bars Friday, after Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said during her weekly COVID-19 press...
AVE. VENUE: Patrons fill tables outside Ristorante Il Massimo in Federal Hill in Providence as part of the “Al Fresco On The Hill” dining initiative launched in June. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Are you comfortable dining out amid the ongoing pandemic?

While some restaurants have closed amid the ongoing pandemic, most are still trying to find creative ways to survive COVID-19's devastating economic effects. Many are...
LEMONADE FROM LEMONS: COVID-19 has curbed traffic and customers on Providence’s Federal Hill but restaurants there such as Ristor­ante II Massimo have fought back with Al Fresco On The Hill. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Federal Hill restaurants offer a lesson in perseverance

While the immediate future for Providence’s normally thriving restaurant scene is decidedly uncertain, an experiment underway on Federal Hill offers hope – and perhaps...
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...
NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING & Distilling Co. will have a portion of its beer and spirits sales benefiting the Rhode Island Hospitality Employee Relief Fund to help hospitality workers who have been displaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Brendan O'Donnell, pictured, said the current impact on the hospitality industry as a result of the pandemic has been 'devastating.' / COURTESY NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING & DISTILLING CO.

Stepping Up: Newport Craft brewing up donations from sales to help...

NEWPORT – Virtually every city and town across the globe is facing its share of challenges in having to indefinitely shut down its respective...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO gives an update on the spread of the coronavirus in Rhode Island at a recent news conference. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

R.I. shutting down restaurant dining for two weeks; Providence Place mall...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Monday morning announced that the state will shut down dine-in services at all restaurants, bars and cafes...
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...
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR has charged two East Providence Restaurants with willful violations of overtime and record-keeping laws.

East Providence restaurants charged with underpaying employees

EAST PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Madeira Restaurant Inc. and the Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge Inc., operators...

Restaurant boom fizzles

Employment at food services and drinking places rebounded strongly in October as waiters, cooks and bartenders in hurricane-ravaged Florida and Texas went to work....

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