Food

Restaurant News — Bucktown On The Ropes

Sad to report that The Grange on Broadway and Siena on Federal Hill will not be reopening. From ProJo’s Gail Ciampa, The Grange, the plant-based and certified kosher restaurant, shut down last summer, announcing a pause due to staffing issues. Now the owners have confirmed its permanent closure. Not only was the food fantastic — …

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Prov Restaurant Scene Recap

It has been nothing short of miraculous that so many local, independently-owned restaurants have made it through the past two years. But who can begin to explain the optimism and courage it must have taken for people to open new restaurants in this economic climate? Gail Ciampa has created a fantastic year-end restaurant roundup in …

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The Red Door Opens

What a wonderful sight. Local drinkers and eaters were devastated when Thee Red Fez closed back in 2019. Apparently, brothers Chris and Phil Martelly felt the same way, so they bought the place. And while much work has been done to freshen things up, the new owners wanted to preserve the general look and feel …

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Chez Pascal Owners — Time For A Change

It has been an exceptional run by restaurant standards, but the owners of Chez Pascal are ready to take advantage of an irresistible opportunity: teaching in Singapore. This move is unrelated to the pressures of the past year; Matt and Kristin Gennuso had always aimed for a 20-year run. But sometime in the new year, …

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Holiday Farmers Markets

(12.22) Not only will Farm Fresh RI on Sims Avenue be hosting its regular Saturday Farmers Market, but they have added an extra evening market on Wednesday, December 22, from 3pm to 7pm. Products typically on sale include: Veggies, cheese, herbs, baked goods, mushrooms, shellfish, dog treats, honey, spa products, cut flowers, mittens and scarves …

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NicoBella’s Gets Into The Spirit

Look who makes a great Santa! I stopped by NicoBella’s downtown last Sunday to inquire about an upcoming art show, only to be greeted by owner Daniel Crenca all suited up and checking my naughty/nice status at the door. He will be adopting this persona on Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays through the season. As you …

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New Sign For Olneyville New York System

And you probably couldn’t even tell. Alarm spread throughout the city last summer when the New York System announced that their neon sign was beyond repair and would have to be replaced. We needn’t have worried; owner Greg Stevens hired Providence Painted Signs with orders to “fabricate a brand new, yet still iconic, sign “that …

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Hope Street Farmers Market Saturday

Interruptions in the supply chain are not a problem when you buy locally. Only two Saturdays left in the Hope Street Farmers Market season. Seen here is a file photo of root vegetables. Your results may vary. What’s available may also include: cut flowers, lamb, beef, scallops, oysters, baked goods, coffee, fresh herbs, apples, and …

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Columbus Day Festival All Weekend

(10.11) Be advised, several blocks of Atwells Avenue (between Dean and Sutton Streets) have been closed to traffic to make way for the 29th annual Columbus Day Festival. DePasquale Plaza will be jumping. Guests will be able to experience cuisine from over 20 Federal Hill restaurants that have expanded seating or are offering additional menu …

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New Dune Brothers In The Works

It doesn’t look like much now, but this is going to be huge. Plans include indoor and outdoor seating, an oyster bar, and a fish market! And take-out of course. In the meantime, the Dyer Street Dune Brothers (see below) is still the only clam shack in town. But this was always meant to be …

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Durk’s BBQ — Inside And Out

What better way to celebrate the Year of the Ox than digging into some fatty brisket at Durk’s authentic Texas-style BBQ. I headed downtown last week to finally check out the “new” location, hoping to eat outside with a friend, and of course the skies opened up just as we arrived. But I’m glad we …

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Bourdain Documentary Starts

Screenings of the new documentary “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” start Thursday at the Providence Place Cinema. Directed by Morgan Neville, Slate calls the movie “a brilliant, sometimes troubling documentary about at brilliant, sometimes troubling man.” Roadrunner intercuts clips of interviews with its subject and those who were close to him with behind-the-scenes footage …

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Fusion Ice Cream Shop On Federal Hill

Helado Taiyaki on Dean Street describes its unique frozen treat as a “Latin twist on a Japanese dessert.” Taiyaki is a traditional fish-shaped cake which is used here as a vessel for soft serve and novel flavor combos inspired by the owner’s childhood experiments. (Helado is Spanish for frozen, or ice cream.) Providence Monthly interviewed …

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Pig Roast At Urban Greens

(6.27) Urban Greens Food Co-op in the west end will be holding a Pig Pickin’ and craft sale Sunday afternoon. Also on the menu: Rib-eye steak, chicken, swordfish, vegan sausage, lots of sides. Only $15.99 per plate. Noon to 4pm, Sunday, June 27, Pig Roast, Urban Greens, 93 Cranston Street, (directions)

New Food Emporium On Hope Street

Don’t let the small storefront fool you — this place is loaded with goodies. Hawes Fine Foods opened last month in what had been a barber shop right next to Persimmon. You can’t miss the mural on the side of the building and the previously black exterior is now bright white. We really didn’t have …

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Jahunger — Uyghur Cuisine On Wickenden

Your introduction to Uyghur cuisine is right around the corner on Wickenden Street. After a few initial setbacks and closings, Jahunger is back in business. Co-owners Nadia Parhat and husband Dilmarat Subat first opened in 2017. Not long after, a fire in the building forced them to close for repairs. No sooner had they recovered …

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