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GRAND OPENING: People gather at the newly opened Beech restaurant in Jamestown in June. Beech replaces the former Simpatico Jamestown restaurant on Narragansett Avenue, which was bought by restaurateur Kevin Gaudreau, renovated and reopened under the new name. 
COURTESY BEECH/KEITH MERLUZZO

New discoveries await on R.I. restaurant rows

When new restaurants open, it is usually the beginning of an exciting discovery for guests. For restaurateurs and chefs, it is often the culmination...

Despite consumer comfort, inflation reinforces pressure on hospitality industry

PROVIDENCE – As inflation hits its highest rates in decades, the hospitality industry is feeling the impacts of widespread financial strain despite consumers' increasing...

Hospitality industry tries to counter labor shortage

Michael Costantino struggled to fill two full-time cook positions in May for his restaurant Costantino’s Venda Bar & Ristorante on Providence’s Federal Hill. He...

Employers dig deeper for workers

Hiring woes continue to plague the state’s hospitality industry. That’s left many employers digging deeper into their own pockets to get through the height...

Newport’s rental ban tries to strike balance between tourism and residents

With a recent ban on short-term home rentals in residential neighborhoods, Newport has joined the wave of tourist destinations attempting to strike a balance...

Mask mandate is over; divide endures

The state may have ended its COVID-19 mask mandate, but now some consumers are making decisions on where to spend their money based on...

BLS: 16,000 R.I. workers quit in November, up 60% year over...

PROVIDENCE - Anthony Tarro doesn’t have to wrack his brain to recall the last time a worker quit. It was five days ago  - a...
BOXED OUT: French Confection owners Karen Mauprivez, left, and Xavier Mauprivez, center, help Taylor Brendlinger of Portsmouth with her order, including one of their popular Yule logs, at their Middletown bakery. Ordering specialized boxes for the cakes and other supplies has been a problem this year. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

CHAIN REACTION: Supply snags deliver blow to R.I. businesses

With cycling’s popularity surging during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand has been sky high at Providence-based outerwear company Cleverhood LLC. That’s because the company designs and...
CHRISTOPHER PARISI, founder of Trailblaze Marketing and leader of the Rhode Island Small Business Coalition, said the coalition does not support any measures that increases burdens on small businesses, but appreciates the fact that the state is giving small businesses an option to institute a mask mandate or a vaccine requirement. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SMALL BUSINESS COALITION

Small businesses fear enforcement burden of R.I.’s partial indoor mask mandate

PROVIDENCE – Small businesses fear being unfairly burdened with enforcing Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s new health requirements that include partial mask mandates, business advocacy...

Is R.I. vaccine ‘smart card’ needed?

Whether it’s called a vaccine passport or a vaccine smart card, the 401Health cellphone app, a COVID-19 vaccination verification tool, needs to remain optional,...

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