Diner’s Update

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


OPENINGS

sydney. Photo by Angel Tucker.

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. Current hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 7 a.m-5 p.m. 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) will join the Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection as the Newport mansion’s culinary advisor. The boutique luxury mansion and hotel is currently being reimagined (set to be complete this summer by Dallas-based SWOON), and chef Bloomfield will oversee all new on-site dining options and in-room offerings. 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 outdoor dining Thurs.-Sun. as well as for takeout Tues.-Sun. Book a reservation here. The Dean Bar is once again hosting Bas and HousePartyVibes, featuring live music sets and 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. Book a reservation here. 

New Rivers  in Providence has reopened its dining room. It’s open for patio dining, indoor dining and limited takeout. Reservations are recommended by calling 401-751-0350 or emailing newriversrestaurant@gmail.com.

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, and it’s open Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons with expanded hours to come soon.

Revival Brewing‘s new Providence brewery is open with wood-fired pizza now available on site. Dubbed Lost Valley, 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.

The Eddy in Providence is open with new and improved indoor and outdoor seating. Outdoor seating is available seven days a week 4 to 11 p.m., and indoor seating is available Sunday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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.

Tallulah’s Taqueria opened a second shop at 35 Narragansett Avenue in Jamestown, two years after closing down its former outpost at the Shack at Dutch Harbor (now Walrus and Carpenter Oyster Bar). “We’re back on the rock as the locals say,” says owner Jake Rojas. The Jamestown location is open for the summer. There will soon be a third Tallulah’s as well inside the Farm Fresh Rhode Island building in Olneyville, which will open sometime in the fall. This location will serve as a production commissary and restaurant. “We’re pumped to be on the West Side,” Rojas adds.

The Nitro Bar opened a third location, which is its second location in Newport. Located at 404 Thames Street, this cafe is also a bistro serving spicy breakfast bowls, breakfast burritos, housemade English muffins, strawberry rhubarb pancakes and much more. It’s open all day, but late night hours are Friday and Saturday nights from 5-10 p.m. and will feature decadent desserts.

Kow Kow, the mobile food business that serves dessert bubble waffles filled with ice cream, opened its new bricks and mortar location on Ives Street in Providence. The storefront sources from local farms and businesses in Rhode Island and throughout New England. Read more about it here.

Helado Taiyaki opened at 102 Dean Street in Providence with ice cream cones that put a Latin twist on a Japanese dessert. They serve locally sourced soft-serve ice cream flavors in cones filled with warm custard that are shaped like fish. Flavors include Ube soft serve ice cream topped with fruity pebbles, condensed milk and white chocolate marshmallows and matcha soft-serve with matcha pocky, marshmallows and condensed milk and many more options. Follow @helado_taiyaki on Instagram for hours. Read more about the ice cream shop.

Hometown Poke is back open for business at 185 Camp Street in Providence. An Instagram post says, “This last year has been tough all around but we’re looking forward to brighter days ahead. That means sunshine, vaccines, and of course, poké bowls. We are excited to announce that we are now open for takeout and delivery from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Please order ahead online for faster service and contactless pickup.” Check the Instagram account @hometownpoke for updates.

PiANTA is a new vegan restaurant that opened in Providence’s Bath Food Co. hub on Bath Street. They offer a vegan menu for takeout for pickup and delivery. The plant-based restaurant that serves small plates, bowls, sandwiches and wraps is owned and operated by chef Michelle Politano, a female small business owner following her dream. Yeye also launched out of the same kitchen in Providence. It’s a Latin fusion and vegan-friendly takeout-only spot that’s open daily from noon to 9:30 p.m. Order online here and keep up on Instagram at @eat_yeye.

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Fried green tomatoes at Kin Southern Table and Bar.

Kin Southern Table and Bar is open at 71 Washington St. in downtown Providence. The new restaurant is serving Southern comfort food, including items like fried green tomatoes, pulled pork handpies, fried chicken sandwiches, cornbread, fried catfish, baked chicken, baked mac and cheese, collard greens and more, plus banana pudding for dessert. It’s open for indoor dining and takeout. Walk-ins are welcome as there are no reservations.

The Reef in Newport has a new look and a new director of culinary development, Jon LoPresti. Located right on the water at 10 Howard Wharf, the restaurant is inspired by sailors who travel around the world by sea. Guests will soak up panoramic harbor views and international cuisine, including dishes like a hot and cold lobster roll, a Korean pork belly burger, tuna poke, seafood bouillabaisse, empanadas, chickpea fries and more. The space has two bars, a waterside patio with a grove of palm trees, fire pits, lounge seating and more, good for everything from drinks to dinner. The space is also available for private corporate events, birthday parties, wedding celebrations and more. There’s a formal dining room with waterfront views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, or a patio party is also a possibility with a bar and live deejay.

Needle and Thread is a new bar located in a former tailor shop at 45 Peck Street in Providence. The speakeasy-style establishment is serving small plates like street corn and ahi tuna crispy tacos with inventive cocktails like the Stoned Fruit with apricot-infused vodka, mezcal and lemon oil and the Money Clip with blended scotch, Cherry Heering and house bitters accented by a hundred dollar bill. Follow along on Instagram at @needleandthreadpvd. Read more about Needle and Thread.

Two new bakeries opened in Providence’s Wayland Square. Feed the Cheeks is a new sweet treats bakery at 182 Wayland Avenue that is known for its “thicc” chocolate chip cookies in various flavors, including a special Thicc Mint cookie to play off of the popular Girls Scouts Cookie Thin Mints flavor. Other favorite cookies include funfetti, chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate chip. There are also smaller Baby Cheeks versions. Follow along on Instagram at @feedthecheeks.

Madrid European Bakery also opened in September at 199 Wayland Avenue in Wayland Square. It’s a European-style cafe and bakery focusing on international pastries and coffee. Notable pastries include the Spanish costrada de Alcalá, linzer cookies, croissants, cannoli cake and so much more. Follow along on Instagram at @madrideuropeanbakery.

Jahunger, a Uyghur restaurant that focuses on food from the northwestern corner of China, is now reopened on Wickenden Street in Providence. It closed long before the pandemic started after a fire damaged the restaurant. Dishes are part Asian and part Middle Eastern, and you can order online here. The hand-pulled Laghman or mouth-numbing Jahunger Sichuan noodles are a must.

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. Read an article about it here.

Lulu’s Little Pancakes is a new pop-up business. Check out the Instagram account for a preview of whats to come at @luluslittlepancakes.

FUTURE OPENINGS

Luckey Enough is coming in the late summer or 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.

Water Street Kitchen and Bar was recently approved transfer the liquor license at the former Nautika location at 28 Water Street in East Greenwich, according to East Greenwich News.

The Beatrice hotel is opening soon in downtown Providence. The forty-seven room hotel, set in the 1887 Exchange Building, will open its doors to guests at the end of summer 2021. It will be home to Ignazio Cipriani’s first Bellini restaurant as well as a private rooftop club. Read more about the Beatrice.

Dune Brothers hopes to open a second location sometime in October 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.

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.

 

EVENTS, SPECIALS AND MENU UPDATES

7/30

Work hard, play hard. Jump on a bike, then enjoy a beer. On Friday July 30, head over to the Pedestrian Bridge for the Bikes and Brews event. CORE Cycle. Fitness. Lagree. will be teaching two different spin classes, one at 5:30 p.m. with instructor Denise Chakoian and one at 6:30 p.m. with Myke Yeager. After class, attendees will get to enjoy an ice cold beer from the Guild beer garden, located right next to where the class will take place. Get ready for a workout and a beautiful view of the city. Tickets are $30 and include a drink token. To register for a class, go to corefitprov.com/book.

8/1

Mount Hope Farm has changed up its end-of-season fundraising celebration. Soiree by the Bay will replace the longstanding “Cool Jazz” event. Soiree by the Bay will feature a cocktail hour, plated salad course and a buffet dinner by Russell Morin Catering and Events. The event will have an open bar and live music will be provided by Nancy Paolino and the Black Tie Band. The party will take place under a tent on the lawn adjacent to Cove Cabin with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, Seal Island and the twinkling lights of the Mount Hope Bridge. The event takes place on Sunday, Aug. 1 from 4-9 p.m. at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol. Tickets are $150 for members, and $165 for non-members A members-only table for up to ten guests is $1,300. Tickets may be purchased here. Proceeds from the evening will help fund programs and preservation at Mount Hope Farm.

8/5

Weatherlow Farms in Westport, Massachusetts, is hosting a picnic dinner featuring Butch McCarthy and the Gents from 5:30–8:30 p.m., rain or shine. The ticket price includes a Weatherlow Farms grass-fed burger, farm-made bun, locally sourced sides and salads, a seasonal dessert, and signature iced teas and infused waters. The picnics are BYOB. Tickets are $40 per person.

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Narragansett Beer is hosting its official Grand Opening Party at the brand-new brewery located across from India Point Park at 271 Tockwotton Street in Providence over the weekend of August 5-7. ‘Gansett will kick off a three-day celebration on August 5 with a sour release party from 4 to 9 p.m. that includes a visit from Trap Box Food Truck and live music by Hollow Turtle. National IPA Day will be celebrated on August 6 from noon to 10 p.m. with the release of Electric Dave IPA that pays homage to all workers who persevered through the pandemic, especially those who made the brewery a reality (the beer is named after the project manager from Advance Electric that worked through Covid-19 to power up and build the brewery). Bonetown Burgers and BBQ will be on site with live music by Isabella Mattera. The weekend will end with a grand opening party all day long on Saturday, August 7 from noon to 10 p.m. with Saugy Franks and music from Sharks Come Cruisin.

8/18

Mills Tavern Wine Photo 2021Mill’s Tavern, located at 101 North Main Street in Providence has been awarded with the 2021 Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence.” This marks the eight consecutive year that the restaurant has received this prestigious honor. To mark the occasion, the restaurant will host a summer soiree on August 18 featuring twenty-five of its most popular wines paired with a selection of hors d’oeuvres. The cost is $75 inclusive. For more information, call 401-272-3331 or visit millstavernrestaurant.com.

8/19

Weatherlow Farms in Westport, Massachusetts, is hosting a picnic dinner featuring the Khoury Sisters with special guest Marlon from 5:30–8:30 p.m., rain or shine. The ticket price includes a Weatherlow Farms grass-fed burger, farm-made bun, locally sourced sides and salads, a seasonal dessert, and signature iced teas and infused waters. The picnics are BYOB. Tickets are $40 per person.

9/19

Kick off Oktoberfest the RI VegFest way on Sunday, September 19. Rain date is Sunday, September 26.
Fifteen different purveyors will be serving vegan eats alongside three breweries with vegan-friendly beer, and a whole bunch of vegan makers/artists/retailers for a day of outdoor sampling and shopping at Trinity Beer Garden in downtown Providence. With your ticket you’ll get a small dish from each restaurant (some restaurants will also offer for purchase full-sized items from their menu… if you still have the room!) You’ll also be able to sample a wide array of seasonal beers from different Rhode Island-based breweries. Full pours will be available for purchase at the bar. Biltmore Park will be filled with more plant-based vendors. $25 tickets will be available for three separate sessions (11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The event is family friendly but not pet friendly. Children under age four are admitted free, but a ticket is required for everyone else.

ONGOING

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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. 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.

The Long Live Beergarden has newly taken over Grants Block in downtown Providence for the summer of 2021. The hours are Friday from 3-9 p.m.; Saturday from noon-9 p.m. and Sunday from noon- 6 p.m. The beer garden serves select Long Live brews, Graft cider and Anchor and Hope wine as well as non-alcoholic options.

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.

Summer 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 every Friday, including July 23 and 30 and August 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 5-8 p.m.  Bintimani is serving West African food on Sunday, August 7 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Yeye Latin American fusion and oysters will also be on site Saturdays, July 24, and August 14 and 28 from noon to 7 p.m. Ming’s Asian Street Food will be at ISCO every other Thursday, serving fried chicken sandwiches and more on Thurs., July 22, and August 5  and 19 from 5-9 p.m. The Burgundian: Coffee and Waffles will be on site on Sundays, July 25 and August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 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 August 26. 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. 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 Summer Schedule

The PVD Food Trucks’ season has kicked off! Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village continues its seventh year running every Friday night from 5-8 p.m. through September. Bring a blanket and chairs to picnic in the park. Enjoy live music by local musicians while sampling the vast array of food options for purchase from more than a dozen local food trucks and vendors. Warwick Food Truck Night at Warwick’s Crowne Plaza Hotel occurs the third Thursday of every month until the end of October, including Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21. Drinks will be provided for sale by Trinity Brewhouse, there will be live music and ample, Covid-compliant outdoor seating. Visit Food Truck Nights at Holy Trinity in Woonsocket on Wed., July 28, August 25 and September 22 from 5-8 p.m. Food Truck Concert Nights at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland are also held from 5-8 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month, including July 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23. Head to On the Water Wednesdays at Colt State Park in Bristol on Wednesday, August 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Food Trucks Roll into Richmond is happening monthly on select Thursdays, including Sept. 9, and Oct. 14 from 5-8 p.m. at 5 Richmond Townhouse Rd. in Wyoming. The trucks will also visit the Newport Car Museum in Middletown on Sat., Sept. 18 from noon to 3 p.m. 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. 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 also have a drive-through contactless pickup point for food truck takeout, Nourish Our Neighbors meals and WhatsGood app groceries. There are also more vendors, a cocktail trailer named “Marigold” and live music to enjoy as you tour through the Garden Classroom. Each week, they also host cooking demonstrations in the marketplace, aimed at inspiring kids to cook and eat well. Learn more here.

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.

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

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.

Red Stripe, located at 465 Angell Street in Providence,updated its menu with new seasonal menu additions for the summer, including the return of its lobster menu. Summer additions include a half-pound lobster roll served with Rhode Island’s best frites, coleslaw and a pickle; lobster bisque with cold water lobster and cream sherry; lobster mac and cheese; and the half pound lobster salad: a Caesar or mixed green salad topped with a half-pound of fresh lobster meat.

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.

Block Island Charcuterie offers beautiful boards with sustainable cheeses, meats and quality accoutrements, sourced locally from New England farms and island artisans.

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.

Harry’s Bar and Burger has teamed up with Gastros Craft Meats by permanently adding their Berkshire Pork hot dogs to the Harry’s menu. The hot dogs are non-GMO, antibiotic and nitrate-free.

Grey Sail‘s Dinghy Party brew is a limited edition summer kolsch packed with a fruity punch. This ale is available at retail stores in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as Grey Sail’s Brewery and Beer Garden.

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.

MXR Cocktails has added signature cocktail kits, which make great 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.

 

FARMERS MARKETS, GROCERIES AND DELIVERY

225823793 317490206725725 5484426776933240213 NThe Farm Fresh RI Farmers Market is now 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

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.

Narragansett Beer has hired beer industry veteran Lee Lord as its new head brewer. She is the brand’s first-ever woman brewer, and she plays a critical role in the brand’s Providence homecoming with the opening of the new brewery as well as spearheading its growth throughout New England and beyond. Lord works with president Mark Hellendrung while overseeing all operations and beer production and leading a team of assistant brewers at the new brewery on the India Point Park waterfront.

 

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!

Rebelle Artisan Bagels is temporarily closed due to staffing, but plans to reopen again soon with new ideas and a new team. From its Instagram page: “We have made the tough decision to close the doors to our shop effective immediately. We worked hard to keep going through the pandemic and we are immensely proud to have made it to this point… but we don’t have the team we need to meet the service level that you’re used to anymore. We haven’t had a steady roster of sandwich makers for months and doing online & in person & bodega & everything to keep it going has worn us down. It’s time to call it a day, at least for now. We need a reset.” You can still get Rebelle bagels at the Farm Fresh Rhode Island Farmers Market on Sims Avenue in Providence on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Little Sister is still open on Hope Street in Providence.

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.

Berri closed permanently after moving and trying to merge with Fortnight Wine Bar. Fortnight moved in to the former Berri location, and 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.

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

Loie Fuller’s in Providence 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 two locations of Harry’s Burgers in Providence, and one in Newport, as well as Xaco Taco and Ten Prime Steak and Sushi in Providence. Right now, Harry’s Burger’s in Lincoln has closed and will reopen as a new Mexican spot, OZ Tacos and Tequila. Follow along on Instagram at @oztacostequila.

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 opened 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.