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McKee, GA leaders to discuss his call for $100M in pandemic...

EAST GREENWICH - Gov. Daniel J. McKee says he will be meeting with House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio...

Local restaurateurs split over vaccine requirements for diners

PROVIDENCE - The New York Times called a mere 45 minutes after Benjamin Sukle posted  a new set of COVID-19-related restrictions at his downtown...
HUNGRY FOR HELP: Anthony Tarro, co-owner of Siena restaurant, says the business has struggled to find workers recently. In the background, sous chef Michael Lynch assists Tarro in the kitchen of Siena’s East Greenwich location. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Eateries look for recipe to solve staff shortage

While many iconic restaurants on Providence’s Federal Hill are starting to see a revival, the lights at Siena on Atwells Avenue remain off, tables...

Elorza announces fee waivers, programs to ease small-business burden on outdoor...

PROVIDENCE – The city is re-upping policies and programs designed to make it easier and cheaper for local restaurants and retailers to hold COVID-19-friendly...
GOV. GINA M. Raimondo announced Tuesday that Rhode Island has used all of its $1.25 billion in CARES Act funds. / COURTESY R.I. CAPITOL TV

Raimondo: R.I. is on track to use ‘every dollar’ of CARES...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is on track to spend every dollar of the state's $1.25 billion slice of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security...
Rick Simone founded EGN LLC, a consulting firm for marketing, public relations and event production, in 2012. He’s served as executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association since 2015. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lead with optimism

Rick Simone  | EGN LLC president; Federal Hill Commerce Association executive director Never in my career have I spent so much time on crisis management. The...
IN GOVERNOR Gina M. Raimondo's new bout of restrictions announced Thursday included early curfews for restaurants and bars. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Restaurant, hospitality leaders criticize governor’s new business-hour restrictions

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's new restrictions announced on Thursday included early curfews for restaurants and bars that industry leaders say will hurt...

Some downtown businesses take precautions ahead of election results

PROVIDENCE – Months after a night of violent protests damaged some downtown businesses, a few companies were again taking precautions in anticipation of potential...
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...
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: PB Bistro & Bar had been setting up tables on the sidewalk on Main Street in East Greenwich, but on Labor Day weekend the restaurant and others were allowed to move the tables to the closed street. / COURTESY PB BISTRO & BAR

Restaurants are weathering the worst

This summer was like no other. Across the country, sections of cities and towns were transformed into terraces and piazzas where restaurant tables migrated...

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