Opened and Closed



What Cheer Writers Club is now open for members — part coffee-fueled social club for authors, part cowork space, this new venture will be offering networking, workshops, readings and more. It’s on the second floor, but there’s a big sign outside that makes it easy to find. 160 Westminster St, PVD.

Nico Bella’s has opened a new location in downtown PVD, where Quickly used to be. We hope this Italian eatery will last longly.

Mission Electric Bike has opened — adjoining a bus stop! — on the east side of PVD. Featuring lifestyle-changing, eco-friendly methods of people-moving that fill the gap between bikes and cars, this start-up shop is owned by a couple with a deep history of ebiking, and allows test drives, whether you’re looking for a light-weight fold-away or the two-wheeled version of an SUV. 198 Ives St, PVD.


Seafood Haven is no longer the first outpost on the trek to Misquamicut — it’s swum into the hot center of the beach town fray. You can now find it at 13 Winnepaug Rd, Misquamicut.


2nd Story Theater / Union Restaurant. See story page XXX

Paragon, the upscale Thayer St eatery that experimented with live music at times, has joined the migration away from Thayer St, ceding more territory to what will likely be some kind of Brown-student-targeting franchise. Sister restaurant Andrea’s is still on Thayer. Paragon has advised fans to keep their eyes open for new openings. But for now, after more than 20 years, paragon is gon. 234 Thayer St, PVD.

Rhody Joes has closed the doors of its grill / sports bar, an expansion by Chelo’s. 515 Kingston Ave, South Kingston.

Geoffrey Giraffe is seeking work after Toys R Us closed down all its retail stores. While not uniquely RI, this still hits adult kids of a certain age right in the nostalgia soft spot.

East Buffet, Rumford’s go-to for all you can eat, has closed its doors. That’s not the first time for the buffet, so perhaps fresh blood will come along! We hope they revive the chicken on a stick. 52 Narragansett Park Dr, East Providence.

Pastaio, the handmade, locally sourced pasta oasis in PVD has cut all its carbs. For fans of the homemade noodley goodness they produced, their homemade pasta products will still be available at Stock, Hope & Thyme, and Mercer’s Deli. Although a sign on their door indicates the business is relocating, their website makes clear that the restaurant is not planning to relaunch as a restaurant. 9 Parade St, PVD.

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