Diner’s Update

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


OPENINGS

The Reef Patio

The Reef’s newly renovated look.

There’s good news everywhere we turn with so many new restaurant and storefront openings in Rhode Island. Here are just some of them.

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 on Tuesday 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. It’s open next on Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. Follow @helado_taiyaki on Instagram.

Hometown Poke is back open for business at 185 Camp Street in Providence. It already sold out on opening day today and will reopen again tomorrow. 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 Cloud Kitchen on Bath Street. They offer takeout for pickup and delivery and a vegan meal menu. 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 cloud 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.

Kin Southern Table and Bar is now 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.

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.

Newport got its own version of Plant City in the form of Plant City X, a drive-through and takeout fast food spot serving all plant-based cuisine in the former Papa Gino’s at 619 West Main Road in Middletown. It’s also open for dine-in and delivery is available within five miles. Don’t miss the plant-based burgers, fries and shakes. View the menu here.

Res American Bistro is now open in the former Bravo Bistro location at 123 Empire St. in Providence. It’s a modern American dining experience with handcrafted cocktails and tasty creations. Learn more about Res here.

The Village Hearth Bakery and Cafe in Jamestown has reopened under new owners and after a renovation. They are selling fresh-baked bread made in their brick oven, as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches layered on sliced loaves. They are also continuing the tradition of Sunday Pizza Night by taking pre-orders for pickup on Sundays from 4 to 7 p.m. Stay in the loop on Instagram at @thevillagehearth.

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Fish-shaped, custard-filled ice cream cones from Helado Taiyaki. Photo from @helado_taiyaki on Instagram.

Andrea LaFazia of Troop has launched a popup for Auntie’s Tacos. The crew will be serving brunch favorites like egg sammies called “Auntie McMuffins,” bags of bacon and more at Buzzard’s Bay Brewing in Westport, Massachusetts, on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Check the website for the schedule.

Blackie’s in Smithfield reopened on March 17. Co-owners, including chef Angie Armenise and manager Jeanine Iannucci, relaunched the restaurant with a smaller menu and the same favorite Blackie’s choices at 280 George Washington Highway. The restaurant is known for indulgent cuisine as well as its attention to detail when it comes to food allergy safety and accommodating various diets. Read more about it in Gail Ciampa’s story in the Providence Journal.

Angelo’s has reopened for dining in with new safety measures in place after being closed since December. The owners have purchased two air purifiers to circulate and purify the air in the dining room as well as high-quality air filters for the HVAC system, and they have redesigned the restaurant to be socially distant for not only customers but for staff safety, too. The dining room is now open for dine-in service on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., and it will continue takeout regular hours Tuesdays-Saturdays.

Giusto has reopened for the spring and summer seasons at the new Hammett’s Hotel in Newport. Find out more details on Instagram at @giustonewport.

Gracie’s reopened after a brief winter hiatus. It’s open for service Thursdays-Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. and reservations are open on OpenTable.com.

Cafe Nuovo also reopened with new additional safety features for guests. Reservations can be made at Opentable.com or by calling 401-421-2525.

Wright’s Farm Restaurant in Burrillville reopened for indoor dining. Dining is by reservation only and limited to parties of eight or fewer. To make reservations, visit wrightsfarm.com or call 401-769-2856 any time between noon and 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Dine-in hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. The restaurant will continue to offer curbside takeout.

Oberlin reopened for takeout and some weather-dependent outdoor dining, and is continuing its weekly bread share program (a monthly subscription where you get two loaves of bread for four weeks for weekly pickup for $105).

Graze on Main is a new charcuterie provisions shop on Main Street in East Greenwich that sells charcuterie boards, meats, cheese and accoutrements to help proliferate the charcuterie board trend. Read more about it in East Greenwich News.

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

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

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Milena Pagan, co-owner of Little Sister. Photo by her husband, Darcy Coleman.

Little Sister is a new East Side Cafe with Latin flair in Providence. The Hope Street spot from Milena Pagan and Darcy Coleman, the same owners as Rebelle Artisan Bagels, serves takeout pastries, coffee and breakfast and lunch options inspired by Pagan’s Puerto Rican culture. Read an article about Little Sister here.

Moniker Brewery opened its brewery and heated outdoor beer garden at 432 West Fountain Street on the West Side of Providence. Read our article all about the brewery here.

Revival Brewing owner Sean Larkin moved the business to Olneyville in Providence and will soon relaunch it as Lost Valley PVD brewery and wood-fired pizzeria. For now, stop by the brewery on weekends for craft beer and visits from RI Cruisin’ Cocktails retro cocktail trailer and other popup businesses. Stay up to date on Instagram at @revivalbrewing.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

The Industrious Spirit Company in Providence is open for outdoor cocktails on the patio and to-go (plus bottles sales for gifts!) each week from Thursday to Saturday. For Thirsty Thursdays, biweekly, starting at 6:30 p.m., they have live music from a local band in a COVID-19-friendly-seated-distantly-at-your-own-table-kind-of-way. The distillery has also started an ongoing partnership with mobile food businesses like Black Beans PVD. Make a reservation on the ISCO patio here.

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

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

 

CLOSINGS

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

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

John Elkhay’s Luxe Burger Bar closed its doors for good in Providence. The longtime restaurant was part of Chow Fun Food Group, which also includes 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.

 

FUTURE OPENINGS

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Lulu’s Little Pancakes are coming in June 2021.

The Eddy in Providence is closed temporarily, but they do plan to reopen very soon. In fact, they’re hiring bartenders and prep positions.

Lulu’s Little Pancakes is a new pop-up business coming soon in June 2021. Check out the Instagram account for a preview of whats to come at @luluslittlepancakes.

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.

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

 

EVENTS, SPECIALS AND MENU UPDATES

April Popups at ISCO

The Industrious Spirit Company distillery in Providence is hosting various mobile food businesses throughout the next few months on the covered outdoor patio to complement ISCO’s handcrafted spirits and cocktails, available for outdoor dining and takeout. Ming’s Asian Street Food will be there with fried chicken sandwiches and more on Thurs., April 22 and 29 from 5-9 p.m. Dips Dips is scheduled to serve up “ugly sandwiches” and housemade chips on Fridays, April 23 and 30 and May 7 , 14, 21 and 28 from 5-8 p.m. Baby’s Bonetown BBQ truck will be on site Saturday, April 24, and May 8 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving hardwood smoked BBQ with homemade sides and specials . Black Beans PVD also returns with comfort food on Sunday, April 25 from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 16 from noon to 6 p.m. Yeye Latin Fusion will be there Saturday, May 1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Maxine Baked arrives with treats on Sunday, May 2 from noon-6 p.m. That Cake Witch is back with baked goods on Sunday, May 9 from noon-6 p.m. and Bywater Bakeshop makes its debut with fresh-baked breads and pastries on Saturday, May 22 and 29 from 11 a.m.- 3p.m. Garden of Eve Caribbean restaurant takeout also returns with its tableside text menu. Dishes include rasta pasta with grilled shrimp, vegan curry chickpeas, BBQ ribs, and beef and chicken quesadillas. 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.

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 and candy bars are also available in the WaterFire Store.

Thursdays in April

2021 Throwback Thursdays will be held on April 22 and 29 in celebration of Sardella’s fortieth anniversary, which was put on hold last year. The Newport restaurant is offering its Reimagined Throwback Menu on select Thursday evenings in April to bring back original menu items from April of 1980. The menu is a two-course prix-fixe dinner for the price of $19.80. Reservations or takeout/delivery may be made by calling 401-849-6312 or by visiting sardellas.com.

4/22

SOLD OUT Rhode Island Spirits is hosting a Rhodium Cocktail Dinner on Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at the Rooftop at the Providence G. It is a three-course paired dinner and cocktail menu that starts with a shaved squash and baby kale salad paired with a Grapefruitcello Spritz, with two more delicious-sounding courses and cocktail pairings follow. The dinner is a one-time event at the Providence G and reservations are required.

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April marks the start of PVD Food Trucks’ season. The season kicks off with Food Trucks Roll into Richmond on April 22 from 5-8 p.m. at 5 Richmond Townhouse Rd. in Wyoming, and it will continue monthly on select Thursdays until early October. Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village will start off its seventh year running on Friday, April 23 (postponed from April 16, also due to rain) from 5-8 p.m. Bring a blanket and chairs to picnic in the park. Enjoy live music by local musicians while sampling the vast array of food options. Return to the park every Friday through September for this socially-distant foodie paradise. April 29 marks the commencement of Food Truck Concert Nights at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland which will be held from 5-8 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month until September. To see which trucks will be at which event, visit foodtrucksin.com.

4/24

Troop is putting together a 420ish Spring Fling on April 24 in the Troop parking lot, which plans to be a COVID-safe food and music festival. There will be a special food and drink menu curated by the Troop kitchen, including chef Jason Timothy, as well as an all-star lineup of musicians who will perform on the outdoor stage. Performances will be from Quarter Water, a hip hop/jazz band from Brooklyn, New York, featuring Leland Baker on the saxophone; Ze Boys, Prince of PVD Cam Bells with Joshua Abreu on drums; and Empress. Socially distant protocols will be in effect, wear your mask, and tables are limited and available for purchase at trooppvd.com.

Starting 4/24 and 5/1 and continuing every weekend

Rhode Island Red Food Tours is brining back its Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, which will makes its 2021 debut on April 24, and the Downcity Providence Food Tour returns one week later on May 1. “So many people, including within our own community, have endured incredible loss and hardship as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The past year has been a tremendously difficult time for everyone, and those in the hospitality and tourism industry have been particularly impacted. We canceled our entire food tour schedule in 2020,” says Paula Silva, Founder & CEO of Rhode Island Red Food Tours. “In the spirit of resiliency, we’ve worked hard to bring back our tours in Providence and Newport with protocols in place to protect the health and safety of our guests.” 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.

5/1

on May 1, join the Providence G for the 145th Run for the Roses in the Ballroom at the Providence G. Beginning at 5 p.m, they will be live-streaming the southern tradition with cocktails and heavy hors d’ouevres. The $40 per person evening will also include a complimentary mint julep, sponsored by Woodford Reserve, and specials on High Limb Cider. In addition to the live-streamed derby, the Dave Alves Band will provide live entertainment. And be sure to come dressed in your best derby-style daytime formal, as style judges will be taking notice and awarding the best dressed with prizes. For reservations, visit rooftopattheg.com/reservations.

5/11

The Providence G Rooftop is hosting local winemaker Anchor and Hope for a rooftop wine dinner on Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. This $65 evening will also feature a three-course dinner including a roasted carrot and ricotta appetizer, petit tender with crispy Brussels sprouts and vanilla panna cotta, all accompanied by Anchor and Hope wine pairings. For reservations, visit rooftopattheg.com/reservations.

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The South Side Community Land Trust’s twenty-ninth annual Rare and Unusual Plant Sale is going online again this year. Visitors can make arrangements to purchase plants to grow their own food. Step one is to order the plants you want to purchase May 11-17 on the website, then you can head to the pre-paid drive-thru pickup at a specific time during the sale, which will take place May 15-18 at City Farm at 95 Linden Street in Providence (Enter from West Clifford St.) There will be early access to the sale for members on May 10. There will be no shopping at the farm this year, so all purchases will have to be pre-paid online at southsideclt.org. EBT and SNAP benefits will be accepted.

5/20

Warwick Food Truck Night was supposed to be this year’s PVD Food Trucks Events’ kick off event outside at Warwick’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, but it was postponed to May 20 due to rain on April 15. In Warwick, drinks will be provided for sale by Trinity Brewhouse, there will be live music and ample, Covid-compliant outdoor seating. This event occurs the third Thursday of every month until the end of October.

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

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

 

HIRING

Everyone is hiring. Lots of places are in dire need of help, but we got a press release 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.

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

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

 

NEW PRODUCTS

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Edgewood Cheese Shop’s Mother’s Day platter.

Edgewood Cheese Shop has created a flower-themed cheese platter specially for Mother’s Day. Celebrate mom with flower-shaped cheeses, a salami rose and edible flowers on this platter available for Mother’s Day weekend only. It includes cheeses, meats, edible flowers, mini macarons, jams, grapes and sliced baguette. The $80 platter must be pre-ordered by calling the shop or ordering on their website.  It is also available for home delivery on May 7 anywhere in Rhode Island through their partner WhatsGood.

The Industrious Spirit Company has launched a Community Supported Cocktail Program which features cocktails made with seasonal winter produce and made-from-scratch spirits. Each week, the ISCO bartenders mix cocktails for a $20 weekly subscription that gets you two cocktails each Saturday, with no contact pickups on the patio anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (you can also enjoy drinks safely on the patio). Select “pay weekly” to be part of the Weekly CSC. To sign up visit iscospirits.com/shop-1.

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.

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

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

 

FARMERS MARKETS, GROCERIES AND DELIVERY

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

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

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

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

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A delivery from Whats Good.

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

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

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

 

NOTABLES AND GRANT INFORMATION

Fifth Element Aerial

An aerial view of Fifth Element.

The state has announced a new $30 million relief grant program with $5,000 grants to help small businesses ($1 million gross revenue or less) with COVID impacts. Applications open on Thursday, April 15 and close on Friday, April 30, 2021. Grants will be for $5,000 each and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Grant funds can be used to pay for wages and/or salaries of employees to avoid furloughs or layoffs; operational costs incurred to enable the business to remain open through the state of emergency; or facilitating the reopening of the business if the business was unable to remain open for a portion of the state of emergency. Successful applicants must demonstrate that they have a net financial need of $5,000 or greater, and businesses must not have received more than $25K in grants from Restore RI, Pause Grants, and/or Early Bar Closure Grants. Get more information and apply here.

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.

DoorDash announced the winners of the COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Grant program provided through its Main Street Strong effort. These grants are a part of DoorDash’s five-year,$200 million Main Street Strong Pledge to empower local communities, which included a $10 million grant effort across select cities, states, and counties in the U.S. and Canada. Dozens of Rhode Island restaurants have been selected to receive $5,000 grants through the program.

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.

A new owner search is in effect for the Fifth Element restaurant and bar in Newport. While currently open and operating as usual, the purchase of the property includes the restaurant and bar’s liquor license (plus inventory, equipment, trademarks, etc.) and its adjacent property (known as Foley’s), which has been fully permitted for a forty-room boutique hotel. It has just been listed for $5.1 million with Teri Degnan Real Estate and Consulting LTD.

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 will play a critical role in the brand’s Providence homecoming with the opening of the new brewery as well as spearhead its growth throughout New England and beyond. Lord will work 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.