Diner’s Update

The latest Rhode Island food, drink, restaurant and dining news and events.


OPENINGS

130708880 168605438292743 2257348517895442381 NPlant City just opened a smaller version in Middletown, Plant City X, in a former Papa Gino’s at 619 West Main Road. This location focuses on a drive-through, counter service, delivery within five miles and curbside takeout options. View the menu here

Tilly’s Cheesesteaks has opened a second location in Providence with online-ordering only for pickup at 65 Bath St. in Providence or contactless delivery. They have also decided to close Tilly’s Chick’n Biscuit in North Kingstown and rebrand it as Tilly’s Feasts for the winter with take-home, pre-ordered meals. Check out the holiday menu here. Tilly’s Cheesesteaks in South Kingstown is still open as usual with online ordering for curbside takeout and delivery.

Bristol native and chef Robert Andreozzi and renowned Rhode Island bartender Jesse Hedberg have opened a new Fox Point pizza place, Pizza Marvin. They’re slinging New Haven-style-inspired pizzas and classic, crispy thick-crust cheese and pepperoni, plus locally harvested raw bar, clam and seafood appetizers inside the former Roma Capoccia space. Read more here.

Moniker Brewery opened its brewery and beer garden at 432 West Fountain Street on the West Side of Providence. Orders are now open for beer pickup at Monikerbrewery.com. Options include Modern Chemistry American Pale Ale, G-dangit American IPA and Debut Single Cream Ale. Get updates here.

Tilted Barn Brewery officially opened the new barn on its current property in Exeter, featuring an expansive tasting room and thirty-barrel brewhouse. The namesake tilted barn remains preserved on the property. Reservations must be made for tables at the brewery (they fill up super fast), but you can always pre-order for beer pickup. Tap Room hours (reservation only) are Thurs.-Sat. noon-8:30 p.m. and Sun. noon-5 p.m. Can pickup hours are Thurs.-Sat. noon-8:30 p.m. and Sun. noon-5 p.m.

Durk’s Bar-B-Q is now operating in the former Satin Doll building on Aborn Street in Providence. The restaurant is open for indoor dining, catering and takeout, serving ribs, pulled pork, poutine, sandwiches and more. Read more about the opening here.

Palo Tapas Bar is now open at 3 Steeple Street in Providence, serving Spanish-inspired small plates and impressive cheese and meat platters.

AS220 Food and Drink is back open for takeout on Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. AS220 Food and Drink is also beginning a community meal program. If you are in need of a meal stop by on Tuesdays from 2-6 p.m. If you’d like to provide a meal, you’ll be able to do so when ordering, or call to donate without ordering.

Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana has opened an Italian store in Wakefield called Neapolis with retail sales for fresh pasta, salumi, gelato, candy, baked goods and more. The hours are Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

Harry’s Bar and Burger on North Main Street in Providence has reopened for dine-in and takeout. This location has earned its nickname “The OG” after being the original Harry’s Bar and Burger to open its doors back in 2010. The “OG” Harry’s is known for its  sliders, boozy milkshakes and a large craft beer list. Now open Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for dine-in and takeout.

The George is a new restaurant and piano bar that opened inside the former Local 121 space at 121 Washington Street in Providence. The menu features casual American fare with some elevated comfort food and craft cocktails. Enjoy nightly piano performances. The restaurant is inspired by its location on Washington Street, Rhode Island’s colonial heritage and George Washington’s four visits to Rhode Island. Read more about the George.

Twin River Casino in Lincoln just opened a new restaurant, Jerry Longo’s Meatballs and Martinis. The Longo’s brand originated on Federal Hill in Providence. Owner Longo was born in South Philly and grew up making Italian soul food with his mother, and the restaurant menu reflects those comfort food classics.

Blush Bakeshop opened its 100 percent vegan bakery on Federal Hill in Providence. Submit an online order for muffins, doughnuts, croissants, Cosmic brownies and more for pickup here.

Stop by Casa Azul Taqueria at 890 Allens Avenue in Providence for amazing tacos stuffed with chicken tinga, carne asada, adobo pork, veggies and more, plus monthly specials including vegan dishes. Read more about the restaurant here.

The Industrious Spirit Company in Providence is open for outdoor cocktails on the patio and to-go (plus bottles sales for gifts!) each week from Thursday to Saturday. For Thirsty Thursdays, biweekly, starting at 6:30 p.m., they have live music from a local band in a COVID-19-friendly-seated-distantly-at-your-own-table-kind-of-way. The distillery has also started an ongoing partnership with nearby Garden of Eve restaurant. They are providing a tableside delivery menu featuring Caribbean food that you can enjoy on the patio along with your libations every night ISCO is open. Make a reservation on the ISCO patio here.

The Walnut Room is a new classic cocktail bar, now open at 425 South Main Street in Providence. Check it out on Instagram at @thewalnutroompvd. The hours are Thursday and Sunday from 4 p.m.-closing per curfew, and Friday and Saturday from 4-10:30 p.m.

The new location of Chengdu Taste is open for takeout only, serving authentic Sichuan food at 495 Smith St. in Providence. Call 401-729-5699 or 401-729-7499 to order takeout, and please wear a mask when you arrive for pickup.

Saladworks, a create-your-own salad restaurant, is now open in Providence. At Saladworks, customers are encouraged to choose their favorite ingredients from more than sixty choices to create their own custom salad which can cater to vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo and Whole 30 diets.

 

CLOSINGS

A few restaurants and bars are choosing to hibernate or close for the winter after a certain date. Gracie’s in Providence is closed for several weeks in the winter, but plans to reopen in the future. Ellie’s recently reopened and the hours are Thurs.-Sun. from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oberlin is hibernating until Feb. 11 but will continue its weekly bread share program (a monthly subscription where you get two loaves of bread for four weeks for weekly pickup for $105). It also runs a monthly treats subscription box and will also run a Super Bowl take-and-bake lasagna special on Feb. 7 (order by Feb. 4). Oberlin is also planning a $65 four-course Valentine’s Day takeout dinner (hot and ready or make at home).

Eli’s Kitchen in Warren has closed and will reopen as a new restaurant, Hunky Dory, owned by Eli’s former executive chef and partner. Hunky Dory will focus on takeout and delivery. Chef Eli Dunn is now doing private chef lessons and other catering opportunities.

The Eddy in Providence is closed temporarily, but they are still doing virtual cocktail lessons, including a lesson with beverage director Jen Davis on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. She will show you how to make the Eddy’s old fashioned along with a few variations that you can make at home. The cost of the virtual class is $25 and you can register here.

The Providence Journal also announced that Providence’s Cafe Nuovo is temporarily closed.

Berri closed permanently after moving and trying to merge with Fortnight Wine Bar. Fortnight is continuing to offer curated wine packs and dinners for takeout, as well as a few pantry items and loose bottles to add to your order.

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Ben Sukle is closing Birch for good. Photo by Jamie Coelho.

Birch restaurant in downtown Providence is permanently closed. After trying to make takeout and an outdoor patio sustain the business, owner Ben Sukle said the time has come to move on, learn from the pandemic and inspire change, he says. Here is the story behind the closure.

Blackie’s closed suddenly in September after nine years in Smithfield, citing the restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason. A statement read: “It is with heavy hearts and tears in our eyes we announce the closing of blackie’s. We did our best to serve our blackie’s family safely and with the same level of attention and care as always, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, it has become impossible to maintain the levels we pride ourselves on and remain profitable. We are going to take a deep breath, sit back and wait until it is more feasible to operate to our standards. Our team has remained positive even as they faced such difficult working conditions. They have persevered, and we couldn’t be prouder of them.  Our blackie’s family has fought as hard as they could to overcome the obstacles COVID has placed in our path.  The virus may have won the battle, but blackie’s will be back to win the war. The virus can take a lot of things away from us, but it can’t take our reputation, our heart or our love for this crazy industry.  Our dreams were destroyed, but our spirits are not broken. We are asking for your support and understanding during this incredibly difficult time for our team and selves.”

Loie Fuller’s in Providence is now closed for good. There was an outpouring of support from people on social media for whom the restaurant meant so much. We will miss Loie Fuller’s and its unique interior design by Kyla Coburn.

John Elkhay’s Luxe Burger Bar closed its doors for good in Providence. The longtime restaurant was part of Chow Fun Food Group, which also includes four locations of Harry’s Burgers in Providence, Newport and Lincoln, as well as Xaco Taco and Ten Prime Steak and Sushi in Providence.

Red Fin Crudo and Kitchen on Washington Street and Roma Capoccia pizza on Wickenden Street in Providence both have closed for good. Kin Southern Kitchen and Bar will be opening in Red Fin’s place and Pizza Marvin has opened in the former Roma Capoccia space.

Knead Doughnuts also closed its downtown Providence location. You can still purchase doughnuts at the Knead Elmgrove, Cromwell and East Greenwich locations.

Benefit Juice Bar and Cafe has closed in Providence. In a Facebook post, the owners wrote: “Nothing lasts forever and one of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Sadly, we had to let Benefit go. We fought to hold on and we fought to let go. Due to the current situation and health issues, we made the incredibly difficult decision to close the cafe permanently. We are saddened and will miss many of our close friends that we’ve met over the seven years of serving everyone. Thank you for all your support through the years.”

Nicks on Westminster is closed for good after less than a year in business, and Brewed Awakenings coffee shop is now open in its place. Read more about it here.

The Greenville Inn closed in June.

Eleven Forty-Nine Restaurant closed permanently due to the COVID-19 crisis.

A few other places have closed permanently, including Bravo Bistro and Red Stripe in East Greenwich. Revival Brewing in Cranston also closed as they couldn’t reach an agreement with the current landlord to keep the Cranston location. However, owner Sean Larkin is moving the business to Providence and plans to reopen in the future.

 

FUTURE OPENINGS

Kin Southern Table and Bar is currently under construction at 71 Washington St. in Providence, which is the former Red Fin Crudo Kitchen and Bar location. Follow along with the project on Kin’s Facebook page.
Res American Bistro will be opening sometime this month in the former Bravo Bistro location at 123 Empire St. in Providence. It will be a modern American dining experience with handcrafted cocktails and tasty creations.

Newport Restaurant Group will open Foodlove Market this summer. The Middletown market will offer a variety of specialty, take-home foods made with local and seasonal ingredients. Read more about it here.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a Texas-style restaurant chain, will open a location in South Kingstown in spring of 2021. The menu will include southern favorites such as Texas-style brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken wings and fall-off-the-bone ribs.

 

TRANSITIONS AND UPDATES

Jo’s American Bistro in Newport has installed three air “scrubbing” units called Phenomenal Aire units that use a bipolar ionization technology that deactivates 99.40 percent of COVID-19, according to the company that makes them. The restaurant’s building at 24 Memorial Blvd W in Newport has three heating systems and each one has a Phenomenal Aire unit installed in it. The air filtration system operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Newport Restaurant Group (NRG) has installed HVAC ionization systems, which will provide continuous disinfection within each restaurant space by deactivating and removing allergens and viruses including COVID-19. The systems have been installed at every NRG restaurant including: 22 Bowen’s, The Mooring, Bar ‘Cino and Castle Hill Inn in Newport; the Boat House in Tiverton; Hemenway’s and Waterman Grille in Providence; Avvio in Cranston; Iron Works in Warwick; Trio in Narragansett; Bar ‘Cino in Brookline, MA; and Papa Razzi Trattoria in Concord and Wellesley, Massachusetts.

 

EVENTS, SPECIALS AND MENU UPDATES

1/24 and 1/31

The Industrious Spirit Company in Providence is hosting Black Beans PVD on Sunday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 31 from noon to 4 p.m. with a rotating selection of soups, stews and baked goods, available for dine-in and takeout. As always, there will be ISCO cocktails on the covered and heated patio. Reserve a table on the patio, or order cocktails to go. Bottles of housemade gin and vodka are available for purchase too.

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Hope and Main’s Made By Me Cooking School is a virtual cooking school for junior chefs. Sign up for the four-week session on Thursdays in February from 5-6:30 p.m., which includes lessons on fish tacos and chocolate cupcakes; pork chops with mushrooms and shallots and chocolate chip cookies; baked pretzel chicken fingers with spicy honey sauce and pecan pie; homemade Bolognese and bread pudding. Lessons are for ages five and older. During these classes children will learn proper knife skills, cooking skills and delicious recipes.

2/12

139136864 6226141973631 510807861264021352 N.pngRI Food Fights is running a Vegan Valentine Popup Pickup, the next installment in a series of plant-based compilations from local plant-based businesses. Nab a box of vegan sweets from Celebrated, KNEAD Doughnuts, Blush Bakeshop, Basil and Bunny, Plant City, Miss Vegan, Aura Chocolate and more, including a four-pack of Yacht Club Soda and a pint of hand-packed dairy free frozen dessert from Warwick Ice Cream! The cost of the box is $50, and you can see all the components here. Providence Bagel has offered use of their drive-thru window at 695 N Main Street in Providence for pickup. Pickup starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

2/16

Join the URI Cooperative Extension School on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. for a short and simple rundown of the best way to start seeds inside your home this winter using materials you may already have. Susan Scotti has been vegetable gardening all her life and has been a URI Master Gardener since 2004. She is the propagation team leader for the Master Gardener Program Vegetable Propagation Project and has been teaching seed starting to the crew and RI community for over ten years. Register for this free webinar here.

RI Feeds Our Heroes fundraising campaign returns!  Providence Bagel , RI Vegfest and RI Food Fights have relaunched the GoFundMe for a second time to feed healthcare heroes during the surge through purchasing restaurant gift cards with donations. Last time, they were able to purchase $25,000 in gift cards from local restaurants and ultimately delivered over $30,000 in gift cards to frontline nurses and hospital staffs in Rhode Island. Contribute here!

New Rivers in Providence has an outdoor patio with heat lamps on the side of the building (something they have wanted for years!). Call 401-751-0350 for a reservation. Fried Chicken Friday is also now a weekly event. The restaurant’s coveted buttermilk fried chicken will be on the menu every Friday along with accompanying sides. They are also now doing heat-and-eat meals to warm up whenever you want them. If you order takeout, give the restaurant a call when you arrive to pick up your order and they will bring it right out to your car. Order online here or call 401-751-0350.

Bites by Bre delivers date night and weekly meals to your home. Bre Goldsmith’s three-course Date Night Delivered special packages are a twist on her pre-COVID-19 “In the Round” Friday Night popup dinners. Read more about the date night service here.

Pane e Vino and Il Massimo changed their reservation platform to Resy from Open Table, so if you are interested in making a reservation, find them on Resy. Il Massimo in Providence and at Legacy Place are also both offering half price appetizers every day from 3 to 6 p.m. and Pane e Vino continues to offer half-price wines on Mondays. Check out Massimo’s new takeout window in Providence, too.

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Outdoor dining at Mill’s Tavern.

Mill’s Tavern in Providence has a new seasonal menu from executive chef Ed Bolus and his team, including a three-course prix fixe with optional wine pairings and the Wagyu Tomahawk for Two prix fixe, each available for dine-in or takeout. In addition, select bottles of wine will be offered at half price weekly Monday through Thursday. Guests who choose to dine outdoors can also enjoy oysters on the half shell for half-off the market price from 5 to 6 p.m. every day. Limited outdoor dining is available. For reservations or to place a takeout order, call 401-272-3331. For more information, please visit millstavernrestaurant.com.

Ten Prime Steak and Sushi is offering the Complimentary Cut every Monday  for indoor dining. Reserve your table, and you can buy one filet mignon, and get one free.  The Complimentary Cut is a dine-in only event with limited seating. For reservations visit tenprimesteaksushi.com or call 401-453-BEEF.

 

SEAFOOD

Download the new FishLine app, a smartphone application that bridges the gap between the fishermen and potential customers, thanks to a partnership between the University of Rhode Island Fisheries Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, Eating with the Ecosystem, the Commercial Fisheries Research Center and the Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative. The FishLine app is a central marketplace for seafood being sold by local fishermen to consumers in the area. It allows fishermen to post what species they caught each day, their prices and their sales location and hours. It also provides recipes and information about each species and how they are caught, as well as stories and photos from the fishermen.

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has enacted a new, no-cost Direct Sale Dealer License for local fishermen. It authorizes commercial fishermen in Rhode Island to sell certain species of finfish, and to sell and transport for sale live lobsters and crabs, directly to consumers and licensed seafood retailers from the vessel on which they were harvested. Your best bet is to head to the Point Judith docks and browse the boats. There are also lots of other seafood delivery and pickup options.

Matunuck Oyster Bar is shipping seafood and oysters anywhere in the USA. Orders can include lobsters, oysters, clams, scallops, shrimp and mussels. Shipments are Monday through Wednesday and Thursday orders are shipped overnight only. There’s a $65 minimum on orders. If you would like to modify a package, call 401-314-0468.

 

NEW PRODUCTS

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Gansett Beer’s new Apres Ski cans.

#HiNeighbor! Check out @Gansettbeer‘s new Apres Ski cans. Pick up these new, irresistibly cute cans at your local packie and post your #HiNeighbor pic on social media.

Narragansett Beer’s Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout is officially back for the winter season. The beer is a Rhode Island mash-up with the region’s most beloved coffee company.

MXR Cocktails has added signature cocktail kits, which make great holiday gifts. Try the Just Peachy and Farmer’s Pick, or select the Tequila Box with the Paloma and After Hours cocktails. There’s also a Whiskey Box to make Your Love is On Fire and a Whiskey Sour. Use the code MXR2020 for $10 off your first purchase. Read more about MXR Cocktails here.

Calise Bakery has launched a Brioche Style Cinnamon Chip Texas Toast, available in grocery stores throughout the entire state of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Xaco Taco in Providence is creating family-style meals and cocktails for its takeout menu. For just $48, kits include chips and salsa, twelve housemade corn tortillas with a choice of two protein fillings plus all the toppings, rice and beans and a side of housemade spicy pickled vegetables. Add on your favorite cocktails, available in thirty-two-ounce bottles yielding eight servings, just shake and pour over ice.

Thumbnail South County Distiller, GinGrey Sail Brewing has officially launched South County Distillers. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, April and early May, the distillery changed over its production to make hand sanitizer for frontline workers. The distillery is now fully functioning and just released a vodka and gin which are produced from grain to glass at their campus in Westerly. The gin and vodka are being distributed to liquor stores in Rhode Island right now; available for purchase at Grey Sail’s Brewery; and available for tasting in the craft cocktails being offered at the Grey Sail Beer Garden. Read more about it here.

 

FARMERS MARKETS, GROCERIES AND DELIVERY

The Farm Fresh RI Winter Market is now open indoors at their new home on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 10 Sims Avenue in Providence through April 24. The new building has a premium ventilation system (Merv13), wide hallways that ensure COVID-19 distancing and convenient parking. Just be sure to pick up your food and products and exit in a timely fashion. No lingering. Stay home if you are sick, keep six-foot distance at all times and do not touch anything you do not intend to buy. Masks must be worn at all times.

Newport hosts the Aquidneck Growers Market at the Gateway Visitors Center on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Mount Hope Farm farmers market continues in the greenhouse. It will be open on Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., but there will be no market on Dec. 26. There will be a mini market on Dec. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. The market’s regular winter schedule will be Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the greenhouse through Feb. 27, then March 6 through May 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30, moving outside as the weather warms up. Now, more than ever, your local farmers and food producers will need your help, so please continue to shop locally. There are pre-ordering options as well as the ability to buy on site. Wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Looking for fresh and local produce? Stop by the Tiverton Farmers Market every Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. at 43 Muse Way in Tiverton. The market will be available until May 4 for shoppers.

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A delivery from Whats Good.

You can now use Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Market Mobile wholesale service to get fresh food from local farms delivered right to your home. The farming community needs outlets for food that is being grown, so they decided to open up this way for local people to purchase food. The first thing to do is to create an account. You can return to this same page to log in for future orders. Once logged in, click the “Market Mobile” link. This will take you to the online order form, where you can choose food from the local farmers and food makers who have listed their items for sale. Think of it as an online farmers market! To order an item, add the quantity of what you’d like in the field next to the item. Please only order whole number values, not partial or half orders (e.g., 1 or 2, not 0.5). This platform is traditionally used for wholesale orders, so quantities may be larger than you’re used to seeing. Be sure to click the Update Order button, found at the bottom of every farm/producer’s list. Once you’ve completed your order, click the Buy Now button to enter payment information. Your order must be paid for via PayPal. Or to use SNAP/EBT, please email lexi@farmfreshri.org. If you have questions about sizing, please email marketmobile@farmfreshri.org. They are making home deliveries with hopes of increasing food access. Although they have no delivery fee, they do have a $60 minimum order size for the greater Providence/Pawtucket area. They are willing to accommodate other delivery areas, but a larger minimum order may be required.

The locally produced mobile app WhatsGood is also delivering food to homes from local farms and food producers. You can order delivery from local businesses as well as fresh produce, meat, dairy, breads, pantry items and even prepared foods, delivered right to your door.

Gasbarro’s Wines is offering free in-state delivery on all wine and spirits. Call today at 401-421-4170 or order online. If you’re out of town, no worries – they can ship to you!

 

NOTABLES

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Rhode Island Spirits.

Rhode Island Spirits, makers of Rhodium brand gins, vodkas and liqueurs, was named number three Best New Craft Distillery by USA Today‘s “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest. Located in Pawtucket, RI Spirits opened in March of 2019, and every product contains fresh, farmed or foraged ingredients.

The Industrious Spirit Company in Providence was also named one of the top 10 Best Craft Vodka Distilleries in the country by USA Today. ISCO’s spacious outdoor patio (outfitted with heaters, sanitized-between-each use heated seat cushions, and a fire pit) feels cozy even as the temps drop! Garden of Eve has a “text over” menu that will be delivered tableside so you can eat Caribbean food while you enjoy your cocktails.

Rhed’s Hot Sauce, a locally-owned boutique hot-sauce company based in Middletown, won two ‘Screaming Mi Mi’ awards in the prestigious 2020 NYC Hot Sauce Expo, taking first place in the Asian category with its ‘Déjà vu’ sauce and third place in the Jalapeño category with its ‘Club Jalapeño’ sauce.