Something Special: A cozy dinner for two without leaving the house

“Date Night, Delivered.”  This is what Bre Goldsmith, owner of Bites By Bre, advertises when she posts each week’s soul-hugging menu items on Instagram. (She prefers the term “soul-hugging” to “comfort food” because we need an extra bit of love right now.) If you opt in, you get a three-course meal for Friday night, plus […]

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Coffee When Quarantined: Stimulating support for Rhode Island’s roasteries

As cafes across the country closed or adjusted their operations to confront public health and financial concerns during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the National Coffee Association’s annual survey found 70% of American adults reported drinking coffee at least once per week. If you count yourself in that tally, whether you prefer to down a quick […]

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Rhode Island Heroes Feeding Our Heroes: Fundraiser supports local restaurants and gives to healthcare workers

On April 2, a new GoFundMe campaign was launched called RI Feeds our Heroes, and this fundraiser offers double the bang for your buck: donations are used to support local restaurants by purchasing their gift cards, and those gift cards are given to front line workers — our hospital heroes. Three members in the RI […]

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Quarantini: A special weekend concoction from Little Bitte

We asked Willa Van Nostrand, owner of Little Bitte Cocktails, how she lifts her “spirits” at a time like this. Her company creates delicious cocktails garnished with edible flowers and she says this is the perfect time of year to go foraging. “The flowers that are beginning to blossom in Providence are violets, tulips, dandelions […]

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A Cool (Bob)Cat In Town: The Royal Bobcat cocktail bar brings 1920s zest to Atwells Avenue

Providence flapper gals and dapper gents, take note! There’s a chic new cocktail bar slinking its way onto the scene, and it’s the cat’s meow! Nestled on Federal Hill, The Royal Bobcat is here to bring all the fun and friskiness of Roaring Twenties New Orleans to PVD! Owners Ellie Coyne and Dan Becker take […]

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Car Hopping: Dine-in restaurants grapple with turning to takeout

At this point, your favorite restaurant has done one of two things. Either they’ve closed for the foreseeable future, or they’ve gone to curbside/takeout/delivery. Among those offering takeout, some are working to leverage inventory they built up or had in reserve, and you can expect them to stop offering takeout in the next few weeks […]

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RI restaurants ask help and compassion from state government as COVID-19 shuts them down

A group of four independent food service operators sent a letter to RI Gov. Gina Raimondo on March 17, desperately asking for help from state government: “The COVID-19 crisis, and the necessary government-mandated gathering restrictions, [have] shuttered most of us. Those still left open are seeing as much as a 75% decrease in sales. While […]

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