Diner’s Update

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

OPENINGS

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The patio at Aguardente. Photo from Instagram at @aguardente.ri.

Aguardente restaurant is now open as Providence’s newest Portuguese and Latin-inspired tapas restaurant on the East Side of Providence. The restaurant is owned by Victor Pereira, who came up with the concept, and in the kitchen is Natalia Neves who you may know from O Dinis in East Providence. The restaurant comes from the same team that helped open Aleppo Sweets. Aguardente pays homage to the immigrant story of its three founders, as all three came to the United States as children. Artist Magda León painted several murals throughout the space to help tell the story of the restaurant. While Neves curated the food menu, Pereira created the drink list that includes flights of rare mezcal and aguardentes he sourced through his travels in Latin America and Portugal, as well as seasonal cocktails, wine and beer. Guests can soak up the art while enjoying a cultural experience of food and drink. “My hope is for guests to feel the stories that the murals are telling, to consider the power of culture and home as they enjoy Natalia’s incredible food,” says León. Aguardente is located at 12 Governor Street in Providence and the hours are Wed. and Thurs. from 4-10:30 p.m.; Fri. 4-11:30 p.m.; Sat. noon-11:30 p.m. and Sun. 4-8:30 p.m. Book a reservation or preview the menu.

Pita Pocket is now open in the Barrington Shopping Center, located at 186 County Road in Barrington. The Mediterranean menu includes items like shawarma, gyro, falafel, hummus, baklava and more. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tizzy K’s Cereal Ice Cream opened a stationary ice cream shop right near the pedestrian bridge in Providence. The shipping-container-turned-ice-cream-shop features cereal-flavored ice cream varieties and a colorful mural by Sagie Vangelina (@rastagrandpa). The hours are Wed. from 5-9 p.m.; Thurs. 5-9 p.m.; Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m.; and Sun. noon-9 p.m. Get updates on hours and flavors here.

Those who remember Blaze East Side, which closed five years ago, will be happy that it’s made a comeback, this time on Smith Hill in Providence. Blaze Smith Hill is an American restaurant serving fusion and eclectic cuisine, co-owned by the longtime Providence culinary fixture chef Phyllis Arffa and Brooklyn Tea, Coffee and Guest House‘s Berry-Jean Murray. As the website states, “Located in the newly-renovated Hennessey-McHale Block building built in 1873, Blaze Smith Hill’s art deco decor honors the past while welcoming the diversity of the present. As Smith Hill’s newest upscale bistro, Blaze Smith Hill has a similar mission as her fun-loving sister, the Brooklyn Coffee Tea, bringing communities together through fine food, art, entertainment and creative events.” Read more about Blaze Smith Hill.

The iconic Beef Barn moved to a new location down the road at 200 Industrial Rd. in North Smithfield. It’s the same Beef Barn we know and love, just in a new location with an outdoor patio by the pond and picnic-table dining under the gazebo. Guests can also enjoy ice cream right next door at the Pound Hill Creamery and Cafe. Ice cream hours are Mon.-Wed. from 4-9 p.m. and Thurs.-Sun. from noon-9 p.m. and the cafe will be open seven days a week from 7-11 a.m. for coffee and pastries. Get more information here. The original location is now closed. The same family will also open a second Beef Barn location in Bellingham, Massachusetts.

Wakefield has a few new restaurants and dining options. Duck Press Kitchen and Bar opened in June on Main Street and South County Bread is located right next door. Duck Press serves everything from charcuterie boards, oysters and salads to duck leg confit and duck breast, plus swordfish, burgers and fries and fish and chips. Check out the menu here. New Wave Kitchen also recently opened at 99 Fortin Rd. in Kingston in the URI emporium. The restaurant serves farm foods counter-service-style and is BYOB and dog-friendly. “Seasonally eclectic foods are subject to change with, you guessed it, the seasons. We choose local farmers and foods that are non-gmo and organic as much as possible,” says the website.

The Beatrice hotel opened in downtown Providence. The forty-seven room hotel, set in the 1887 Exchange Building, will be home to Ignazio Cipriani’s first Bellini restaurant in New England as well as a private rooftop club. Read more about the Beatrice and Bellini.

The waterfront Water Street Kitchen and Bar recently opened at the former Nautika location at 28 Water Street, right on the marina in East Greenwich. The menu features many local seafood options, pastas, sirloins, burgers and more, plus a special sushi menu. They are also booking private events and parties in their upstairs room with doors that open up to the marina.

Newport Restaurant Group opened Foodlove Market in Middletown. The local foods store offers groceries, produce and a variety of specialty, take-home foods made with local and seasonal ingredients. Read more about it here.

SeaCraft is a new waterfront restaurant inside the Shore House Hotel in Narragansett. The seafood restaurant is owned by Dino Passaretta and Frank Recupero of Vanda, Public Kitchen and Bar and Centro restaurants.

Blue Anchor Grill opened recently in Island Park in Portsmouth, and it features live music and an outdoor patio.

New sports-inspired eatery, Reiners, opened in downtown Providence at the Providence Graduate Hotel, and it offers a gaming experience for guests. Reiners boasts two Topgolf Swing Suites and is outfitted with ten TVs ensuring a perfect spot to watch the game. The menu features a combination of local cuisine and seafood favorites as well as elevated pub fare. The beverage program involves classic artisanal cocktails, wine and craft beer.

Sydney Café at 400 Exchange Street in Providence has reopened, and it has all its classic favorites back on the menu (including the famous avocado toast!) from drinks and breakfast offerings to grab-and-go sandwiches and meals. Illy coffee is back too. Follow @sydneypvd and watch for a grand reopening announcement with specials.

This summer, James Beard award-winning chef April Bloomfield (formerly of the Spotted Pig) has crafted select dishes for the Dining Room at the Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection. The dishes tap into her former urban-pub days while still paying tribute to the fresh, local ingredients of Newport. The boutique luxury mansion and hotel is currently being reimagined (set to be complete this summer by Dallas-based SWOON). The dining room will serve pub-inspired dishes featuring Rhode Island’s bounty from land and sea, from burgers to fish chowders. The Conservatory overlooks the resort’s lush garden with a lighter take on New England fare, including seasonal salads. The Roof Deck is still one of Newport’s hidden gems with specialty cocktails, ceviches and local seafood from the raw bar. And the Garden serves breakfast and tea next to the pool.

Amarylis is a new women-owned BYOB restaurant inside the former site of Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel (what also used to be Farmstead’s downtown lunch spot, then Flan y Ajo, Sushi Yama and Vinya Test Kitchen — wow, I’m old). The intimate restaurant is a globally-inspired farm-to-table experience, open Wednesday through Saturday from 4-10 p.m. They are located right next to ENO Fine Wines, so you can pick up a bottle of something nice to pair with your dinner.

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The Dean Bar. Photo by Christian Harder.

The Dean Hotel in Providence has reopened the restaurant and bars inside the hotel. After fifteen months serving only takeout, north in Providence is now open for indoor and outdoor dining Thurs.-Sun. as well as for takeout Tues.-Sun. Please provide your vaccination card (or a photo of it) if you plan to dine indoors. Book a reservation here. The Dean Bar is once again open, serving handcrafted cocktails on Sundays and Mondays from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. The Boombox karaoke bar also re-opened so we can jam out with friends once again. The hotel has launched a weeknight overnight deal, too. From August 1-September 30, enjoy your third night free at the Dean, available only on weekdays Sunday-Thursday.

Bayberry Garden is now open at the Wexford Innovation Center in Providence, across from the Providence Pedestrian Bridge. The restaurant, from the same owners as Bayberry Beer Hall, has a garden theme that brings the outdoors in through greenery, living trees planted directly into the restaurant’s floor and climbing vines. The menu is also garden-focused with fresh farm produce highlighting New England proteins from land and sea. Executive chef Mike Seely is at the helm in the kitchen, having moved from Boston to Providence after years of experience as the culinary director for James Beard Award-nominated Michael Scelfo’s Boston restaurants, which include Waypoint, Alden and Harlow and the Longfellow Bar. Read more about the restaurant opening.

Oberlin in Providence is open for indoor dining, and it’s continuing outdoor dining and takeout. Hours are Thurs.-Mon., 4-10 p.m. Please provide your vaccination card (or a photo of it) if you wish to dine indoors. Book a reservation here. 

Hunky Dory is open for grab-and-go lunch Thurs.-Mon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner for takeout and delivery, Thurs.-Mon. from 4 to 8 p.m., at 40 Market St. in Warren. They also have a small, outdoor dining area. The restaurant is located in the former Eli’s Kitchen space, and it’s run by Sam Duling and Joanna Ray, who both worked at Eli’s and bought the restaurant. “Hunky Dory is a neighborhood restaurant bringing approachable comfort food options to the East Bay and beyond. The menu at Hunky Dory highlights local and seasonal ingredients with a low country influence, with a heavy emphasis on ingredients made in-house,” says Joanna Ray in an email. “With a full liquor license, the beverage list features natural wines and fun options by the can as well as New England-focused beer and spirit list.” They are also partnering with local producers Borealis and the Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop for the restaurant’s coffee and tea program. The restaurant will be offering both lunch and dinner options, launching first for takeout and delivery, with plans to open the thirty-seat dining room later this year.

Narragansett Brewery has opened its new Providence brewery and taproom across from India Point Park. The 18,000-square-foot brewery features an indoor taproom and bar, al fresco patio and events space with distant waterfront views of Narragansett Bay from the patio. The indoor bar and signage are still under construction, but there’s plenty of seating (and parking!) outdoors. Narragansett Brewery and Taproom is located at 271 Tockwotton Street in Providence.

Revival Brewing‘s new Providence brewery is open with wood-fired pizza now available on site. Dubbed Lost Valley Pizza, the brewery and pizza joint is located in Olneyville at 50 Sims Ave., across from Industrious Spirit Company and next to the the new Farm Fresh Rhode Island building. On weekends, Revival is visited by RI Cruisin’ Cocktails mobile cocktail trailer and Barrett’s Garden plant-based snacks. Stay up to date on hours and events on Instagram at @revivalbrewing.

Rhode Island Spirits has reopened its tasting room bar for visits. It’s open Fridays from 4 to 8:30, Saturdays from 1 to 8:30 and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. Walk-ins are allowed, but you may still reserve a table by calling ahead for a large group or a riverside seat at 401-856-4111. They are offering a new spirits flight; choose any three to taste for just $5. There are thirteen seasonal cocktails ranging from the Coffee Martini and Ginger Rogers to RI Iced Tea and the new Cranberry Bog. Another new item, the Fields and Flowers was crafted by manager Amy to shine a special spotlight on the Forager’s Gin.

Aura’s Chocolate Bar has opened a new chocolate shop/local pantry where they produce chocolate confections in their commercial kitchen, which is then sold in its shop or sent to selected retailers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The headquarters is located at 250 East Street in Cranston. They sell chocolate and local pantry items, such as, ice cream pints from Wright’s Creamery, Z pita chips, Beth Bakes gluten-free crackers, iced teas from Granny Squib, Kane’s Kitchen and the Backyard Food Company sauces, Borealis and Bolt coffee and more.

Green Line Apothecary relocated its pharmacy and headquarters to 245 Main Street in Wakefield. The company, which is independently owned by Rhode Islanders Christina and Ken Procaccianti, is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary since opening the initial location only five doors down the road at 203 Main Street. The new facilities were renovated and nearly double Green Line’s available pharmacy and retail area, and make way for “Drive-In” car-side pickup service as well as expanded delivery dispatch, dedicated parking and more. Green Line’s vintage soda fountain now has increased indoor seating, a takeout window and picnic tables by a new medicinal herb garden for those who choose to enjoy their handmade treats outside. Read more about the move.

 

FUTURE OPENINGS

Knead Doughnuts will be opening up a new shop in downtown Westerly on Broad Street soon, according to SO Rhode Island!

Rhode Island native and former “Bachelorette” cast member Jared Haibon and former “Bachelor” and “Bachelor in Paradise” cast mate, Ashley Iaconetti, are opening a new cafe, Audrey’s Coffee House and Lounge, in South Kingstown in late October.

Downtown Providence is finally getting a grocery store later this year or early next year. Rory’s Market and Kitchen is a Cape Cod-based independent organic grocery store that is opening its first Rhode Island location in the Nightingale Building at 113 Washington St. The building is being developed by Cornish Associates. The store will also feature prepared meals, breakfasts and sandwiches as well as a sit-down dining area.

Lucky Enough is coming in early fall to 1492 Westminster St. in Providence. “We’re a little neighborhood hang with good people serving great food and drinks.” Follow @luckyenoughpvd on Instagram for updates.

Dune Brothers hopes to open a second location sometime in the fall at 691 North Main Street in Providence with a year-round dining room, patio, oyster bar, take away and a fish market. Follow the new Instagram account @dunebrothersseafood to stay updated.

 

EVENTS, SPECIALS AND MENU UPDATES

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Tapas at Little Sister.

Starting 9/30 and 10/1

Apponaug Brewing is kicking off Octoberfest with a new beer and special menu to celebrate. Ray and Co. are back Friday, Oct. 1 from 5-8 p.m. for live music on the patio.

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Shaidzon‘s Lagerfest kicks off this month with various weekend events featuring its new Oktoberfest, schwarzbier, pumpkin spiced lager and helles brews. The brewery kicks off the event with a traditional Oktoberfest brew called the Märzen Lager and a Helles based on the popular Munich style. Later in October, they will introduce the Schwarzbier and release a pumpkin spice lager. This Friday and Saturday, Dips Dips will be onsite Oct. 1-2 with Oktoberfest menu selections and live music from the Brian James Quintet. GG’s Pretzels will be there Oct. 3, Our Table barbecue on Oct. 8-10, Butterhead Oct. 15-17, and Lumpia Bros. Oct. 22-24. Get updates at instagram.com/shaidzonbeerco.

10/1

Moniker Brewery in Providence is hosting First Fridays the first Friday of every month, when the brewery will welcome RI Cruisin’ Cocktails and Anchor and Hope wine, in addition to celebrating the brewery’s latest releases, including the new Oktoberfest brew.

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Image001Narragansett brewery is throwing a three-day Oktoberfest bash Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3 at its brand-new brewery in Providence. Guests can sip on Narragansett Beer’s seasonal Oktoberfest beer Fest and the new Gourd Reaper pumpkin beer, enjoy a variety of authentic German treats and partake in traditional Oktoberfest revelry (stein holding competition, anyone?). Tickets must be purchased in advance via Eventbrite.

10/2

Autumnfest is taking place outside the Rooms and Works building in Providence from noon to 6 p.m. and most of the local businesses are participating, including craft beer from Long Live Beerworks and hearty comfort food from Black Beans PVD, plus Knead Doughnuts is opening up the doughnut window again to serve hot apple cider doughnuts.

10/2

Buttonwoods Brewery is hosting its third annual Oktoberfest weekend with the release of its new märzen, “steeped in traditional German brewing methods, hitting with sweet notes of caramel balanced with just the right amount of bitterness and a subtle dry finish.” The day is packed from 1-8 p.m. with beer, food from Dips Dips and music.

Here’s a whole list of Oktobefest happenings this weekend at local breweries.

10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

Little Sister on the East Side of Providence is serving tapas every Saturday evening from 6-9 p.m. and guests are invited to bring their own beverages to enjoy the experience. The cafe sources local seasonal produce and seafood for its Puerto Rican and Spanish-influenced cuisine. Close to half of the menu is vegan friendly, and the portions are shareable. There is a $6 per person corkage fee for BYOB. Guests can make reservations for two seatings at 6 and 7:30 p.m.), and they also accept walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can reserve a table by phone at 401-642-9464. There will also be live music every Friday and Saturday. Learn more at instagram.com/littlesisterpvd.

10/2–10/30, Saturdays only

The sights of autumn in New England are beyond compare, and these Experience Rhode Island tours prove it on Saturdays, starting at 10 a.m. Take the backroads under the color-changing trees, visit the state’s oldest country store, learn how to make maple syrup and, of course, stuff yourself with apple cider doughnuts. Expect to visit places such as Chepachet Farms and Appleland Orchard throughout the six-hour tour. Tickets are $60–$75; and children five and younger are free. Departure location is 1 Eddy St. in Providence. Call 401-886-0733 for more details.

10/3

Tilted Barn Brewery in Exeter is hosting a Field of Artisans market on Sun., Oct. 3 from noon to 5 p.m., featuring more than forty vendors from all over New England. Butterhead food truck will also be on site on Sunday. The brewery is also celebrating three new releases, including Is This Still Lawn Boy?, Stash Vol. 4, and Peeptoad.

10/8-10/11

Federal Hill’s annual Columbus Day Festival returns October 8-11, taking place from Dean to Sutton Street along Atwells Avenue in Providence. This year’s festival will feature the La Cucina Galbani Cooking Stage with local chef demos each day at America and Atwells Avenues. Guests will enjoy food for purchase from more than twenty Federal Hill restaurants, including Bacco, Zooma, Venda Ravioli, Tavolo, Plaza Kitchen and Bar, Opa, Federal Hill Taphouse and Providence Oyster Bar. Dozens of food and retail vendors, games and amusement rides will line Atwells Avenue and there will be a live entertainment schedule. The festival begins Friday, October 8 at 5 p.m. until midnight; October 9-10 from 11 a.m.–midnight and Sunday, October 11 from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. On Sunday, October 10, the annual Columbus Day parade begins at 11 a.m. The parade route is from Harris Avenue to Dean Street along Atwells Avenue. This entire area will be closed to vehicle traffic during the time of the parade.

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The Ocean State Oyster Festival is returning as an annual celebration to recognize the oyster as a treasured natural resource in Rhode Island. The largest collection of oyster farms from the Ocean State come together for this festival, during which guests get a taste of shellfish from more than a dozen different farms. The festival partners with the Nature Conservancy of R.I. to rebuild natural habitat reefs; and help support the Ocean State Aquaculture Association. More info coming soon!
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Catch some of your favorite food trucks at the two-day Newport Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival on October 16 and 17 from Noon-5 p.m. at Fort Adams State Park in Newport. Save room for treats from trucks such as Friskie Fries, Cookie Monstah, Butter Ur Biscuit, and so much more. Also try drinks from dozens of national and regional craft breweries like Citizen Cider and Medusa Brewing. Tickets are $5–$94.

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Fresh, local seafood is on the menu at Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival on Bowen’s Wharf in Newport on Saturday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Think: stuffies, fried calamari, oysters, lobster rolls, clams and fish tacos to pair with signature cocktails or beer. And don’t worry, your sweet tooth can get a treat, too, whether you’re in the mood for doughnuts or kettle corn. Dance to surf rock and Caribbean music with the fam during this fun and food-filled festival. Free admission.

10/17

The Collaborative arts nonprofit in Warren is organizing Folk at the Farm, a free concert featuring four Rhode Island-based music groups, on Sunday, October 17 from 2-6 p.m. at Frerichs Farm at 43 Kinnicutt Ave. in Warren. The event includes performances by Atwater-Donnelly, Irish-influenced duo Bank of Ireland, tropical sounds by Carribean Jam Duo and high energy two steps and sultry waltzes from “New England’s hometown Cajun band” Magnolia. “Both Atwater-Donnelly and Bank of Ireland call Warren home as does Magnolia’s Jack Ezikovich. It’s a real hometown affair,” says Uriah Donnelly, executive director and founder of the Collaborative. There will be light fare available from Warren restaurants Metacom Kitchen and Hunky Dory as well as beverages from Proclamation Ale Company and Rumford’s craft wine producer, Anchor and Hope. The Collaborative suggests bringing chairs and blankets as no seating will be provided. This is a rain or shine event. Folk at the Farm is free to attend thanks in part by a Rhode Island Foundation Community Grant and a generous community donor. Donations to The Collaborative are appreciated, a portion of which will go to The David S. Frerichs Jr. Memorial Scholarship fund.

10/24

The Mosaic Table is hosting the Dinner with Neighbors: Sweet, Spooky and Spicy at Hope and Main in Warren. Friends new and old get together once a month for a themed four-course meal, beginning with cocktails and bites and moving on to a sit down three-course dinner with paired wines and live music. It’s a magical evening, limited to twenty guests, a wonderful way to complete the weekend and relax into the week ahead. The event begins at 4 p.m. and tickets are $155 each.

11/11

Grey Sail officially launched nearly ten years ago, and it’s grown to earn Rhode Island Monthly‘s Best of RI award for best brewer. Owners Alan and Jennifer Brinton started thinking about the dream of opening a brewery nearly fifteen years ago after a move from New Jersey to Rhode Island and having four children. Planning began in the fall of 2010, and they officially opened the next year. They are planning a day of fun, food and beer to celebrate a decade in business on Nov. 11 from noon to 8 p.m.

 

ONGOING EVENTS

OZ Tacos and Tequila in Lincoln is now offering $2 tacos every day from 3-5 p.m. The restaurant is also offering free delivery without the expensive fees of third party delivery apps. Chow Fun has teamed up with local delivery service DASAP (delivery as soon as possible) to offer their customers free delivery at all four of restaurant concepts including: Xaco Taco, Harry’s Bar and Burger and Ten Prime Steak and Sushi.

Harry’s Bar and Burger has also brought back the beloved Pumpkin Pie Hard Shake and Crispy Chicken Thanksgiving Sliders to all Harry’s Bar and Burger locations for a limited time only.

Nomi Park at the Wayfinder Hotel in Newport serves brunch daily. The restaurant’s menu includes shakshuka with tomato, feta and cilantro; stacked mortadella with a fried egg and served on a brioche bun with bechamel; and a decadent French toast custard with almond crumble and whipped cream. Main courses include duck confit with caramelized onion and gruyere on sourdough, a lobster roll topped with trout roe, and smashed pea toast are also available and perfect to sip with brunch cocktails like the boozy coffee milk with vodka, Autocrat coffee syrup and milk, and a Bloody Mary made with Thai chili. In honor of earning Rhode Island Monthly‘s Best of RI award for “Best Staycation,” the Wayfinder has also introduced a special staycation offer for Rhode Island residents called “Love for 401.” The offer includes a 20-percent discounted room rate and a dining credit to enjoy Nomi Park

Bayberry Garden in Providence is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner service will begin at 5 p.m. both days with the bar remaining open and a very light snack menu between brunch and dinner. Book reservations here.

Expand your aquaculture and fisheries knowledge during a one-hour tour of the Matunuck Oyster Farm on Potter Pond in South Kingstown. Rain or shine, visitors can get an inside look at the various shellfish species the restaurant serves its customers. The tour packages ($150–$250) can include a bottle of Taittinger Champagne, one dozen Matunuck oysters, and a selection of oyster appetizers, or upgrade to a bottle of Dom Perignon for $100 more. Visit the website to check out tour dates and times and to reserve your spot.

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Summer yurts at the Chanler.

The Chanler in Newport has put a summer twist on its outdoor yurts overlooking the Cliff Walk and Easton’s Beach, available for reservations through September 30. Three outdoor yurts have been restyled with summer fabrics and open air sides, and a new four-course prix fixe menu is available with dishes made with ingredients harvested from the hotel’s vegetable garden. Led by executive chef Jacob Jasinski and his dedicated team, the menu is shared family style. The yurts are available Monday through Thursday with a minimum of two guests and a maximum of five guests. The cost is $220 per person, children under ten years old are $80 (plus 8 percent tax and 20 percent service charge). Learn more here.

The Guild PVD has returned for the summer in downtown Providence, in partnership with Rhode Island Commerce and the I-195 Redevelopment District. The beer garden is located in the Providence Innovation District Park near the Pedestrian Bridge, where guests can sip craft beer and seltzer brewed by  the Guild Brewing Company brewed at the Guild’s facility on Main Street in Pawtucket. It’s open from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, noon-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday through November 1. Food trucks will also rotate in the lineup on site every day that the Guild PVD is open. Ming’s will be on site for the new Food Truck Friday at the Pedestrian Bridge from 4-8 p.m.

Grey Sail Brewing‘s Beer Garden menu offers beer from Grey Sail and other local brewers, wine and cocktails from its sister company, South County Distillers. Food is available by Stoneface Ovens, and occasionally they host food vendors. Check out Grey Sail’s event page for a lineup of food trucks and live music.

Fall Popups at ISCO

The Industrious Spirit Company distillery in Providence is hosting mobile food businesses and live music events on the covered outdoor patio to complement ISCO’s handcrafted spirits and cocktails, available for outdoor dining and takeout. Wednesday nights they have a reservation-only PVD Live music series from 6 to 8 p.m. Garden of Eve Caribbean restaurant returns for Thirsty Thursdays (or takeout anytime) with its tableside text menu from 5-10 p.m. Dishes include rasta pasta with grilled shrimp, vegan curry chickpeas, BBQ ribs and beef and chicken quesadillas. Dips Dips is scheduled to serve up “ugly sandwiches” and housemade chips on Fridays, including October  1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 5-8 p.m. Yeye Latin American fusion will also be on site Saturday, October 2 from noon-7 p.m., followed by Cakes and Creams with that Cake Witch and the Unofficial Ice Cream Company from 7-10 p.m. on both nights. Yeye will also be back on Sat., Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from noon to 7 p.m. The Unofficial Ice Cream Company returns on Sat. Oct. 2, Sat. Oct. 16 and Sat. Oct. 30 from 7-10 p.m. and that Cake Witch also returns on Sun. Oct. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. As always, the patio is covered and has several fire pits. Reserve a table on the patio or order cocktails to go. Bottles of housemade gin and vodka are available for purchase too. Tours are now available by reservation, every other Sunday at 11 a.m.

Every Thursday night at WaterFire Arts Center

We’ve got your plans ready for Thursday nights. The WaterFire Arts Center is hosting #ArtonTap at the new Troop-Top Deck on Thursday nights from 5-8 p.m. through early fall. The roof deck has been turned into a venue for patrons to check out some cool art while sipping beer and wine from Troop restaurant. Revival beer, Anchor and Hope wines and cocktails by Industrious Spirit Company will be served. Every Thursday night, the WaterFire Arts Center will stay open late until 8 p.m. for guests to take in the current exhibit. The newly renamed Troop-Top Deck is a great place to watch the sunset over drinks starting at 5 p.m. (rain-or-shine,  but the event will move inside if it rains). Non-alcoholic drinks, occasional eats from food business pop-ups and candy bars are also available.

PVD Food Trucks Events Fall Schedule

The PVD Food Trucks’ season has nearly ended! Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village has ended for the season, but Friday, Oct. 1, the trucks will be at Diamond Hill Food Truck Concert Nights in Cumberland at 4:30 p.m. with Trinity Brewhouse and live bands. Warwick Food Truck Night continues at Warwick’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on Oct. 21. Drinks will be provided for sale by Trinity Brewhouse, there will be live music and ample, Covid-compliant outdoor seating. Food Trucks Roll into Richmond is happening on Oct. 14 from 5-8 p.m. at 5 Richmond Townhouse Rd. in Wyoming. You can also catch the food trucks at WaterFire events. To see which trucks will be at which event, visit foodtrucksin.com.

Every Wednesday

Ri Cruisin CocktailsHope and Main’s Schoolyard Market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. through October 13. Shop for the latest and greatest in farmers market produce, locally-produced food and beverage products, contribute feedback, share in recipe development, learn about new food trends, cooking techniques and nutrition and more. They have a drive-through contactless pickup point for food truck takeout, Nourish Our Neighbors meals and WhatsGood app groceries. There are more vendors, a cocktail trailer named “Marigold” from RI Cruisin’ Cocktails and live music to enjoy as you tour through the Garden Classroom. Each week, they host cooking demonstrations in the marketplace, aimed at inspiring kids to cook and eat well. Learn more here.

First Friday of the month

Moniker Brewery in Providence is hosting First Fridays the first Friday of every month, when the brewery will welcome RI Cruisin’ Cocktails and Anchor and Hope wine, in addition to celebrating the brewery’s latest releases.

Weekends

Rhode Island Red Food Tours has brought back its Newport Neighborhood Food Tour and the Downcity Providence Food Tour. Tours in both Newport (Fri, Sat. and Sun.) and Providence (Fri. and Sat. only) begin at noon and each feature stops at locally owned restaurants serving up sweet and savory specialties. Tours last between three to three and a half hours and along the way, guests discover the history and culture woven through each city’s unique food scene. Private tours for small groups, including bachelorette parties, birthdays, family or school reunions and girlfriend getaways, in addition to corporate off-sites and team building, are also available for an exclusive culinary experience. Tour tickets cost $69 without alcohol, $84 with alcohol, include at least six tastings and must be purchased in advance. Tours operate rain or shine. Capacity is reduced to ten guests, masks must be worn and social-distancing is required. Additional information and tickets can be found at rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

Through 10/30

The Newport Foodies Stroll takes place Wed., Fri. and Sat. from 11:30 a.m.–noon. Throughout the 1.75-mile walking food tour, rediscover Thames Street with your taste buds. Wander the historic streets of the City by the Sea with tour guides Thomas and Susan Maxwell in between trips to notable restaurants and pubs including the Reef, Karma Pizza and Knot Norm’s. Book tickets through and meet at 365 Thames St. in Newport. Call 401-619-3019 for more information.

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.

 

HIRING

RI Hospitality Association launched the new Rhode Island Hospitality Jobs Website: a convenient resource for its hospitality members to post job openings and for job seekers to easily identify local opportunities in the industry through the use of a simple search tool.

Everyone is hiring. Lots of places are in dire need of help, but we got a press release about jobs from Newport Restaurant Group, so we’re sharing the info here:

Newport Restaurant Group (NRG) is hiring for up to 400 seasonal, part-time and full-time positions for eleven of its restaurants in Newport, Tiverton, Providence, Cranston, Warwick and Narragansett. Positions include servers, bartenders, digital marketing managers, restaurant managers and more, plus more than fifty cooks are needed throughout the restaurant kitchens. Those hired in Newport, Tiverton and Narragansett will also receive a ninety-day bonus of $125 per-week from date of hire. Candidates who are interested in applying are welcome to stop  any NRG location to pick up an application or can also apply online at newportrestaurantgroup.com/careers.

 

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.

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 AND SERVICES

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Taproot’s pumpkin beer.

Newport Vineyards has been extending its grape-growing skills to pumpkins. As part of their garden program, Newport Vineyards has grown several thousand pounds of long pie and sugar pumpkins, and now they’re harvesting them to make beer. Nearly 200 pounds are being used per batch for their two Taproot Brewing Co. pumpkin ales; the Imperial Pumpkin and Wicked Squashed. ” “Being able to use farm-fresh ingredients in our brews is amazing, to have those ingredients grown right here on our land is nothing short of a brewer’s dream,” says Taproot’s brewer Kevin Beachem.

Chef Jeffrey Paquette has launched Heaven on Earth Catering – Schroder’s Deli, after closing his restaurant, Paquette Family Restaurant, in East Providence in July due to the labor shortage that followed the pandemic. He and his wife, Kimberly, purchased the longtime Schroder’s Deli, which has been around since 1945, and moved their catering business there. Heaven on Earth Catering started seven years ago and is now located at 1302 Atwood Avenue.

The well-known Rhode Island-based Backyard Food Company has created a new barbecue sauce in collaboration with Night Shift Brewing in Everett, Massachusetts. The Whirlpool Tangy Peach BBQ Sauce is now available at select Whole Foods Market stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and New York, and it is made with their Backyard BBQ Sauce combined with Night Shift’s Whirlpool New England Pale Ale and a generous amount of pureed peaches.

Chez Pascal restaurant has its own YouTube Channel featuring the stories behind the dishes and cooking videos. Follow Matt and Kristin Genusso to the farms and watch them bring back produce and proteins to the restaurant where they prepare dishes.

Newport Restaurant Group and Rhode Island Spirits have teamed up to create a bespoke gin that will be served in Newport Restaurant Group’s eleven restaurants, including Castle Hill Inn, the Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille, Bar ‘Cino and Smoke House all located in Newport; Trio in Narragansett; the Boat House in Tiverton; Waterman Grille and Hemenway’s in Providence; Avvio Ristorante in Cranston; and Iron Works in Warwick. Read more here.

FitVine Wine is a new wine company created by locals, including a Newport resident and a Needham, Massachusetts, resident. The wine label has the least amount of sugar, a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) and zero flavor additives, while also giving back to our country. Founders Mark and Tom are helping families through the Navy Seal Foundation and their varietal of FitVine Red Zinfandel gives $8 of each bottle sold straight to the foundation.

Pat’s Italian is now offered as a takeout option at the Bath Food Co. cloud kitchen at 65 Bath Street in Providence. The concept is delivery or pick up only. Pat’s Italian also opened the Pat’s Italian Bistro in Chapel View at the former Johnny Rockets location, with a welcoming patio and brunch on Sundays.

Image001Stoneacre Hospitality Group has  launched Stoneacre Picnics. Guests can choose from one of four menus, select a desired picnic location, show up at the appointed time to enjoy a luxurious picnic in the city by the sea, and when it is time to leave, the Stoneacre team will come and handle all of the cleanup. “Our goal is to curate memorable experiences, whether it’s a romantic date night, fun girls’ night out or polo picnic party,” says Christine Bevilacqua, owner/director of events at Stoneacre Hospitality. “It is as easy as naming the time and place and our team takes care of the rest. There’s no better way to experience summer in Newport!” Full-service picnics start at $325 for two guests for two hours, plus $75 for each additional guest and $100 per hour for over two hours. Rates include all food, picnic set up and picnic cleanup. Picnic menus are also available a la carte for $149 for pickup at Stoneacre Brasserie and include a keepsake Stoneacre market bag. To learn more about Stoneacre Picnics and make a reservation visit stoneacrepicnics.com.

Feast and Fettle has launched a new line of kits called F&F Seasons. This summer, they are focused on grilling and barbecue items like pulled pork, steaks and more, plus lobster rolls. Some meals are fully-prepared, and others allow you to do the cooking yourself. You can order the meals for home delivery through the website.

Anchorhope Art Cab Franc Product ShotAnchor and Hope, a Rhode Island-based wine négociant, has relaunched its wines in cans under the Anchor and Hope label, and it also launched a new wine label Art Series: a selection of three new releases graced with labels that showcase acrylic on canvas works by Massachusetts artist Kristin Stashenko, who is the mother of owner Marissa Stashenko. The new wines are available in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Upstate New York, and include a 2016 Cabernet Franc, 2017 Grenache and 2019 Chardonnay. Read more about Anchor and Hope.

Granny Squibb’s Organic Iced Tea has partnered with Rhode Island Spirits’ (Rhodium brand), to create a new cocktail called the Rhode Island Iced Tea, which will benefit Save The Bay in 2021. Granny Squibb’s is Rhode Island’s ready-to-drink iced tea brand and the signature cocktail, made with Granny Squibb’s Charlie’s Cranberry Iced Tea and RI Spirit’s Rhodium Vodka and Limoncello, is available for purchase at select restaurants and bars throughout Rhode Island. The partnership was born out of the success of the cocktail in the Rhodium tasting room, and was cemented by the shared values of the brands: both are women-owned, locally-owned, organic brands with a focus on community. A portion of the proceeds of the cocktail will be donated to Save The Bay, and the drink can be purchased at Trinity Beer Garden, Eddie’s Coffee and Cocktail Bar, the Hot Club, the University Club and RI Spirits Tasting Room.

 

FARMERS MARKETS, GROCERIES AND DELIVERY

225823793 317490206725725 5484426776933240213 NThe Farm Fresh RI Farmers Market is open year-round at their new home on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 10 Sims Avenue in Providence. 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.

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 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 each Saturday. There are pre-ordering options as well as the ability to buy on site.

Visit the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon May 1-Oct. 30 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet at 60 Rhodes Place in Cranston. See all the vendors here.

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.

 

NOTABLES

The Fifth Element restaurant and bar has officially been sold for $4.5 million with plans to continue operating under the same name. The restaurant and its outdoor dining space, the Outer Element, as well as the adjacent property, best known as the former home of Foley’s Garage, are included in the sale as well as the Fifth Element’s inventory, equipment, trademarks, etc. and its liquor license. The sale was announced by Teri Degnan Real Estate and Consulting LTD while the buyers were represented by Lea Savas of Hawks and Company of Edge Realty RI. It’s exciting news for locals who love the Fifth Element. “I’ve personally watched Brad Cherevaty and Frank Doyle build this business from the ground up, with Frank’s wife Anna spearheading the design and managing staff over the years,” says Degnan. “I know I share the sentiments of many of my local friends and neighbors when I say I’m excited to see what the next chapter of The Fifth Element holds. Congratulations to all involved.”

Newportvineyards Dryrose VinesNewport Vineyards Dry Rosé won Best in Show at the 2021 Rosé Competition held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 19th. Lead by the American Fine Wine Competition, The Rosé Competition received over 160 entries and the sixteen esteemed wine judges awarded 24 Double Gold Medals, 34 Gold Medals, and 75 Silver Medals. Newport Vineyards broke the mold as top winner from an unexpected Rhode Island winery.

Genesis Center is launching a culinary initiative with the Providence Public Library called Culinary Hub of Providence (CHOP). It’s a hybrid workforce development, economic development and retail hub soon to be located at a busy downtown corner in the Providence Public Library. The initiative is a natural expansion of the Genesis Center’s longstanding and successful culinary arts program and will better meet the evolving needs of participants and employers in the hospitality field. CHOP will serve as a culinary education and training hub, where it will create jobs, support business and strengthen the local community.

A Providence food hall investment is in the works and on track for opening in summer 2022. Marsella Development Corporation will redevelop the One Union Station space previously occupied by the Capital Grille and Bar Louie and turn the first floor into a 16,000 square foot food hall. Read more here.

 

CLOSINGS

The Grange in Providence recently announced its temporary closure. From the Facebook page: “Throughout this past year and half, we never expected the hardest part of this pandemic would be when things reopened fully. Ongoing staff shortages have left us with little choice but to temporarily close The Grange. As business continues to pick up, we do not want your experience to be affected by continuing to run short handed. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to press the pause button for now. We look forward to continuing to serve you at our sister properties Garden Grille and Wildflour Vegan Bakery and reopening our doors at 166 Broadway in the future when we are confident we can do our best. Huge thank you to our staff and to all of you who have stuck with us through it all. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Rainbow Bakery in Cranston, the last of the Jewish bakeries, closed after sixty-seven years in business, according to the Providence Journal. Murray Kaplan retired and his father opened the bakery in 1954.