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BY THE FIRE: 15 Point Road Restaurant in Portsmouth turned on the outdoor heaters in the first weekend of October. Proprietors Sean and Carly Smith said the heaters arrived after being on back order for months. / COURTESY 15 POINT ROAD RESTAURANT

Dining Out: Naysayers may be wrong

Under normal circumstances, the restaurant industry can be tremendously exciting. Every night is a performance and a roll of the dice. Will our place...

Dining Out: The hurdles keep coming

Restaurants are complex places. There are legal and fire codes, health and safety requirements, municipal and state inspections, regulations and licensing, year in and...
THE RHODE ISLAND Hospitality Association found in a recent survey that 21% of respondents in the Rhode Island hospitality sector experienced more than a 70% decline in revenue in July compared with the same month a year ago.

Survey: Nearly 40% of R.I. hospitality businesses saw revenue decline 50%...

CRANSTON – Nearly 40% of hospitality businesses in Rhode Island experienced a revenue loss of over 50% in July as the COVID-19 pandemic slammed...
EXPERTS SAID it was "virtually impossible" to predict Rhode Island hospitality figures for next year due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic at the 17th annual Rhode Island Hospitality Association Economic Outlook Breakfast. / COURTESY NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION

Experts say R.I. hospitality, tourism industries could take years to come...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had been expecting moderate growth in the restaurant industry and modest lodging industry growth into next year. What these industries...

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...
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...
Dale Venturini / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Five Questions With: Dale Venturini, CEO and president of the Rhode...

1. What steps has the Rhode Island Hospitality Association taken to help restaurants stay on their feet during the pandemic? We have provided a...
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Rhode Island Hospitality Association Chief Operating Officer Heather Singleton helped the association increase the number of courses it offers, including developing “Coaching for First-Time ­Managers.”  / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION

Heather Singleton’s hospitality to others provides major benefit to the community

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 WOMAN TO WATCH, HOSPITALITY: Heather Singleton | Rhode Island Hospitality Association THOSE IN THE HOSPITALITY industry are passionate about serving...
PEG LANGHAMMER, executive director for Day One, has been named the Career Achiever for Providence Business News' 2020 Business Women Awards program. / PBN SCREENSHOT

2020 PBN Business Women Awards: Langhammer hopes current time brings ‘deep...

PROVIDENCE – While working from home for months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Peg Langhammer has had a lot of time to reflect...

Greater Newport Chamber, Discover Newport form taskforce to combat COVID-19

NEWPORT – Restore Greater Newport, an economic recovery and resilience task force, has been formed, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and Discover Newport...

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