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Alexander Filippidis

Tax on sugary drinks too big a burden

As a small-business owner here in Providence, I know firsthand how difficult the past year has been for our local establishments. While Rhode Islanders...

Newly formed Downtown Hospitality Group aims to revive struggling business district

PROVIDENCE – Amid still-shuttered storefronts and empty sidewalks, a group of business owners is working to revive the struggling downtown district through a newly...
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

Dining times a-changin’

When a restaurant closes its doors these days it becomes breaking news. This seems to be the result of two things happening. First, many,...
RUNNING SMOOTHLY: Greek market and café Yoleni’s co-owners Alexandra Georgiou Philippides, with her sons Jimmy Philippides, right, and John Philippides. The restaurant opened on Westminster Street in downtown Providence last spring.

Yoleni’s offers taste of Greece

What does it take for a new restaurant to survive? Before anything else, hard work, says Alexandra Georgiou, who opened Yoleni’s in downtown Providence...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza said the Providence Business Loan Fund was revamped under his administration and the program so far has provided more than $2.4 million in loans to local small businesses duriing his administration. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Elorza emphasizes Providence business loan program

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza recently toured local businesses helped by the Providence Business Loan Fund. Elorza, running against two democratic challengers in the...

Who Owns The Block?

Westminster Street | Union Street to Snow Street | PROVIDENCE Photos by Kate Talerico  
GREEK FOODS MARKETPLACE Yoleni's, an Athens, Greece-based company, is coming to the Tilden-Thurber building, above, in downtown Providence. The building’s first floor is under active renovation, to include a new mezzanine level. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Greek foods marketplace Yoleni’s to open location in Providence

PROVIDENCE – Yoleni’s, a vast, Greek foods marketplace, is coming to the Tilden-Thurber building downtown. The building’s first floor is under active renovation, to include...

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