Café Pearl Opens At RISD Museum

The RISD Museum opened the new Café Pearl today. Located at the (newly reopened) Benefit Street entrance, the café honors longtime docent, the 102-year-old Pearl Nathan.

The café is named in honor of one of the Museum’s first and longest-serving volunteer docents, Pearl Nathan. It is located just inside the RISD Museum’s Benefit Street entrance, situated in the newly named Pearl and Ernest Nathan Gallery—a gift of the Nathan and Gerson families. Café Pearl offers visitors and passersby a sophisticated yet casual place to gather, relax, and replenish with a thoughtful menu of Bolt’s coffee-based beverages, as well as light fare from Providence-based bakeries and in-house creations.

Chuck Hinman of Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) interviewed Ms. Nathan at home in East Providence. (She favors Francis Bacon.) She’s pretty awesome.

When I walked through the café earlier this week the white walls were bare. Maybe on April 1st they can display some bad coffee shop art. (About which see, ‘Bad Art Good Walls’ at Portlandia.)

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