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22 YEAR OF THE CITY: The program’s final hurrah of 2019

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Festival Ballet Providence’s search for The Nutcracker Dog continues Last year, Festival Ballet Providence started the hunt for the newest star of their annual production of The Nutcracker. The casting call was unusual, looking for candidates with an “elegant prance” and “regal coat of fur.” FBP was looking for a pup to play the coveted role of The Nutcracker Dog after longtime furry cast member Archie retired in 2018. This November, FBP will be hosting another audition in what they have declared will be an annual tradition. Archibald or “Archie” the Yorkshire Terrier spent 19 seasons and hundreds of performances trotting across the stage during FBP’s most famous holiday show. “Archie’s sweet demeanor endeared him to audiences, cast members, and the entire FBP family,” share Press Representative Ruth Davis and Marketing Director Dylan Giles, “and the new

‘Archie’ will need to bring his or her own singular character and style to the role.” Unfortunately, this past summer, at the age of 92 in dog years, Archie passed away. In his memory, the role of The Nutcracker Dog will officially bear his name. The casting call is simple: It’s open to dogs of all breeds, size, and age. They must be leashed and ready to go. And without guidance, auditioning dogs must “traverse the grand studio” and meet their owners on the other side. The pup with the right stuff will appear in this year’s production, which runs December 21-23, and one thing’s for certain – they’ll certainly have big pawprints to fill. The Second Annual Audition for The Nutcracker Dog on November 24 at 825 Hope Street. -Megan Schmit

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The Night Watch Providence considers hiring a dedicated “nightlife czar”

The story reads like a dark thriller: Just past midnight, people cluster around the entrance to a dance club. Suddenly, gunshots ring out. A bullet hurtles through a wall. On the dance floor, a man is hit. Police flood the scene. Confusion ensues; the wounded man is rushed to a hospital, where he receives emergency care. Meanwhile, two suspects speed away in a car, police in hot pursuit... This particular scene unfolded at Flow, a Providence nightclub, on August 19, gaining much attention in local TV media. But

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such altercations have flared up frequently in recent months. In the late hours, substances make their rounds. Passions run high. Fights can break out – or worse. Yet some leaders in City Council may have a solution: a “nightlife mayor,” who would help improve public safety and foster healthy, satisfying late-night experiences. The PVD After Dark campaign was first proposed by City Council’s Katherine Kerwin and Travis Escobar. The pair have earned national attention in the past year,

mostly for their millennial youth. But they adopted the idea of a nightlife mayor from other cities – such as New York, Orlando, and even Amsterdam – where the role has already proven successful. “I think the public safety aspect is very important,” says Councilwoman Kerwin. “But it’s largely about policy.” The idea is to create an Office of Nightlife and Culture, which would serve as liaison between industry professionals, public safety officials, and city government. High-

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speed chases aside, the nightlife mayor would cultivate local arts and entertainment and revisit antiquated statutes. If successful, the new office would help make nightlife fun, safe, and profitable for local talent. “In Providence, we have responsible business owners who have been successful at mitigating issues, and they do so voluntarily, with little fiscal impact,” said Councilman David Salvatore, a vocal supporter of the idea. He mentioned Anthony Santurri, owner of the nightclub Colosseum, who created a handbook for employees about “de-escalating fights.” “I believe that’s why he doesn’t encounter issues of violence inside or outside of his venue. I think he has lots to share.” Council members have cited a recent “uptick in violence” this year. Most of these reports are anecdotal, but they’re significant: Shots rang out PVDFest, startling crowds and casting a pall over the festival. A spate of assaults have made headlines in the past few months, including a fatal stabbing at Nara Hookah Lounge in Federal Hill and a fatal shooting on Broad Street; these latter events took place only days apart. “After many acts of violence outside of our clubs and bars, it’s clear we need to start thinking creatively about how to improve our nightlife for all residents,” said Kerwin in a widely circulated statement. “If we create safe places to enjoy our city after dark, we will allow our musicians, artists, and creatives to flourish in these spaces.” While violence is an urgent reason to consider a nightlife mayor, Kerwin sees an opportunity to foster Providence nightlife on a grand scale, particularly where live music is concerned. She gives credit to the Board of Licenses for diligent work, but she wants to revise old-fashioned policies, such as neighborhood bans on live music – Kat which are often ignored anyway –

and a sluggish licensing process. The more stages available, the more gigs for local musicians, and the more cultural opportunities for young folks on the town. “The nightlife economy is a massive part of the total economy,” says Kerwin. “If anything, we should be making it easy for Providence artists to make a living. And there are a lot of people who want to see more live music.” The possibility of a nightlife mayor is still a novel idea, and the job is difficult to explain, so Councilman Salvatore decided to test its appeal. He posted polls on social media, asking constituents what they thought of the concept. While this kind of survey hardly passes for scientific, Salvatore found that “54 percent of Facebook respondents and 63 percent of respondents on Twitter agreed that the city should explore creating a similar best practice.” Cheers to that. -Robert Isenberg


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co-chairs of this bilingual event, and over 20 local and international authors will be present, but the festival offers much more than that. Besides books and authors, there will also be food trucks, visual art displays, children’s activities, an all-ages dance workshop, film presentations by the Providence Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF), and an acting workshop by ECAS Theater. Local children’s author Anika Denise will read from her book Planting Stories, followed by a puppet-making workshop and puppet show. PC professor Nuria Alonso Garcia, along with several

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In the 1980s, Americans became acutely aware of LGBT health care in America. The HIV/ AIDS epidemic opened eyes to the thousands who needed urgent medical treatment. Since then, research and cultural training has advanced the treatment of the LGBT people, and these services that can be found at Open Door Health, Rhode Island’s first LGBT-centered health clinic. “Rhode Island is one of 13 states in the union that doesn’t have an LGBT health clinic that focuses on serving the LGBT population as a core function of its mission,” says Executive Director Dr. Amy Nunn. The medical director of the clinic, Dr. Philip Chan, echoes her remarks, saying that many times LGBT Rhode Islanders would go to Boston to receive care. Now, they can get the care they need in their home state. The health center, according to Dr. Chan, has been almost two years in the making. The clinic will be run by its larger

parent organization, the Rhode Island Public Health Institute. Here, patients will have access to things like primary care, HIV/AIDS (and other sexually transmitted infections) testing, sexual health services, and mental health services. Dr. Nunn also mentions that the clinic will provide PrEP in 2020, a one-pill once-a-day, pre-exposure prophylaxis drug that helps prevent HIV contraction. The center is open to everyone – LGBT and non-LGBT people alike – from all backgrounds, age groups, and socioeconomic statuses. The clinic is special because while they do accept insurance, no one will be denied services because of their inability to pay. “We think that services are important and we really want to offer a safe harbor for all people. We will bill whenever possible, but that will not be a prerequisite for receiving services,” says Dr. Nunn. At this time, she says the clinic

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TWIN OAKS CLASSICS is still working out the policies for those who are unable to pay. Open Door Health is an important asset to the state not only because of the services it provides, but for the way that the staff will care for patients. Members of the LGBT community can face discrimination or be misgendered by a healthcare provider, but, says Dr. Chan, “All staff at Open Door Health will have experience working with the LGBT community, including using proper terms to identify people.” Dr. Nunn adds that along this vein, they will try to hire LGBT staff. Continues Dr. Chan, “We are very excited about Open Door Health and plan to work with the community to ensure that we are serving people appropriately and treating patients in a manner that they feel comfortable.” Open Door Health will open late 2019 or January of 2020. 7 Central Street,, -Lauren Vella


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omething happens when you stand in the middle of the Pedestrian Bridge. The first time you walk those smooth planks, the first time you lean against the rail, after that first glimpse of the river below – you get a feeling. Just north, skyscrapers rise over Downcity. South, you see the gray girders of the Point Street Bridge. On either side of the river, ribbons of greensward outline the banks. You see old factories, new high rises, historic steeples, sculptures, signs, and trees. Flocks of seagulls spiral over the water and nestle in its ripples. What is that feeling? You really know where you are. You’re grounded. You’re standing in the center of the capital, and this bridge is the first step in any direction you wish to go. Find a bench and lounge all day. Play a game of chess on an inlaid board. Watch the pedestrian hubbub mosey past. Take a selfie; everybody else is. Here, you can stop and stare. Take a breath. Stop moving. Providence has never had much in the way of vistas – so we built one. “The Providence Pedestrian Bridge is an amazing new landmark for the city of Providence,” wrote Nicholas Millard on the tourism website GoProvidence. “You'll find restaurants on the east side of the river… On the west side of the bridge, you'll find the Jewelry District with plenty of historic landmarks to visit.” The blog post is peppered with scenic Instagram photos, helpful maps, and a video of crowds crossing the bridge in mellifluous slow-motion. Like it or not, the Pedestrian Bridge is here, a permanent fixture in our ever-evolving city. You could call it our Eiffel Tower, our Sky Park, our High Line, an expensive, overzealous sculpture that you can also walk all over. After decades of design, labor, and skyrocketing budgets, it’s hard to believe that such a thing was ever completed. But the ribbon-cutting took place on August 9, and now, it belongs to everyone.

Mind the Gap The original idea was pretty simple: build a footbridge across the river. In a way, the proposal was designed to recycle old infrastructure. Until the 1990s, the Route 195 bridge used to span the same site. When the bridge was torn down, two granite supports remained. RIDOT proposed building a spartan pedestrian bridge on top, to the tune of $3 million. Years went by. The concept grew bigger and more complicated. The price of materials ballooned. Rising sea levels meant adjusting the height of the bridge. A design contest was held. With each new roadblock, the projected timetables were pushed back. The very phrase “pedestrian bridge” became a bitter joke. Stretches of waterfront were - Nicholas covered in tarp and chain-link fence, a mysterious eyesore to passersby. By 2019, that simple footbridge had morphed into a $21.9 million leviathan, with two levels, tiered seating, and the width of an oil tanker. As the Boston Globe tactfully put it: “In a state full of crumbling bridges, $22 million Providence River span stands out.”

Critics will forever debate whether that money was well used, and the phrase “decaying infrastructure” will echo for years. Within weeks of the bridge’s opening, local media reported patchy trash collection, confusion about whether cyclists could pedal over it, and even problems with the industrial-strength chess boards, which appeared to change color in different light. The most fundamental complaint was its location: Once the novelty faded, who was actually going to walk the bridge? On one side, there’s South Water Street, with its handful of restaurants; on the other side, a sprawling greenspace that bleeds into Dyer Street. Were these two corridors so busy, so well trafficked, so throbbing with industry, that they needed a $22 million catwalk to connect Millard them? Glancing over the entire state – and all its potholes, rust, and cracked concrete – was the Pedestrian Bridge worth 20 years of hand-wringing? Generations from now, when all cars are autonomous and science has cured the common cold, people will still be arguing about whether the Pedestrian Bridge was worth it. amazing new landmark for the city of Providence. • November 2019


On a sunny day, you can find all walks of life enjoying the bridge: professionals, students, families, nurses, musicians, joggers, cyclists.

From Shore to Shore But all that is over. The bridge is here, an irreversible monument. And if there’s one thing most visitors can agree on, it’s this: inFORM Studio designed a beautiful structure. If you like walkable thoroughfares to begin with, the new bridge is a handsome addition to the cityscape. “We had recently completed a celebrated pedestrian bridge in Detroit, and it seemed like a great opportunity,” says Michael Guthrie, a principal at inFORM, which is also headquartered in Detroit. Many may roll their eyes at out-of-town architects taking on such a hyper-local project, but for inFORM, the opportunity was a happy surprise. In 2010, Providence held its design competition for the bridge, which had already undergone several speculative drafts. A consulting engineer alerted inFORM staff, and Michael’s interest was piqued. “After reading the brief, we were quite enthusiastic about the competition and felt this was poised to make a significant impact in an area of Providence with huge potential,” says Michael. “The idea of stitching together College Hill, Fox Point, and the Jewelry District with not only a connector but a true sense of place became our objective right away. We loved the idea of making an impact in the city and adding a place of inspiration.” Unlike a plain steel trestle, the inFORM design curves like a boomerang. As you step onto the bridge, the planks seems to flow like a river of wood. A lower platform, nicknamed the “busker terrace,” extends southward; it’s about the size and shape of a restaurant patio. The rails are made of steel, wire, and wood, reminiscent of a cruise ship. In fact, the whole bridge has a nautical look to it – by design. “We were quite interested in referencing the history of shipbuilding and jewelry making near the old harbor of the Jewelry District without overtly using it as a metaphor,” Michael explains. “Many reference the WWII era of shipbuilding, but there was an incredible history of craft, and we were enamored by the idea of demonstrating innovative methods in the craft of woodworking, particularly digital fabrication.” Even calling the new structure a “pedestrian bridge” only hints at its full use. The bridge is already a major bikeway between the East End and the rebranded “Knowledge District,” a boon for students, young professionals, and anyone who doesn’t like to park a car. The bridge’s girth and seating options make it ideal for public gatherings, as well. This multi-use approach has won inFORM some attention, as other designers imagine similar projects. Meanwhile, new development has risen all around the bridge, from the River House luxury apartment complex to the upscale Plant City food hall. The project has paved a (literal) path for Brown University; the bridge connects the main campus on College Hill to new facilities like the Warren Alpert Medical School. On foot, it’s still a trek from Thayer Street to Richmond Street – especially in winter – but plenty of students will walk that scenic, one-mile route. “Ideas like the busker terrace were intended for a multiplicity of uses,” says Michael, “including performances, sunbathing, fishing, weddings, lunch, general relaxation, and any number of things we had not imagined. That is the beauty of a design that hopefully inspires: It does not end with the designer’s imagination.”


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Story Arc The bridge is still new, and there isn’t much “hard data” to assess. Time must pass before we can determine the success of the bridge. As the years elapse, the bridge will weather its share of vandalism and misuse. The crowds will ebb and flow. But we’re still in the honeymoon phase, and residents are loving their bridge. On a sunny afternoon, the span is a flurry of activity. Cyclists push their bikes. Joggers trot past in spandex. Children play tag; teens roam in smirking packs. Wheelchairs roll by, as does the occasional Segway. In few places does Providence look more diverse – in age, lifestyle, or ethnicity. The sun melts, and “magic hour” descends. The sky looks enormous, thanks to a 360-degree view, and it turns salmon-pink. Camera shutters start to click. Couples pose for pictures. Professional headshots are taken. Tourists hand phones to strangers, asking for a portrait

– with the Superman Building looming over their shoulders – as evidence that they were here. Long after sunset, people still come. On certain nights, musicians perform concerts, and crowds gather beneath the glow of the street lamps. Strolling South Water Street, you can hear big band melodies a half-mile away. Again, there’s that feeling, which hard data and city budgets can’t really quantify. A feeling that the city is mobile, feisty, and alive. “It was heartwarming to see a vast, inclusive demographic at the bridge opening,” recalls Michael, who lingered after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Children playing on the terrace, professionals eating lunch, reading a book, working on a laptop, walking a dog, riding bikes and stopping for Instagram moments, a photoshoot, and even a marriage proposal. All this was in a span of a few hours of observation. That resonates with you.”

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My personal style is hard to define as it changes as often as my mood or the season. But for the most part, it’s classic with an edge. I sport a lot of pieces with clean lines, but am drawn to fun accessories and bold colors to mix things up. No matter what, I like for my outfit to transition seamlessly from work to dinner date. Sweater season is my favorite. I’m happiest in a pair of skinny jeans or leggings, booties, and an oversized knit pullover. I’m pretty low maintenance and usually don’t wear much jewelry, but dark-wash jeans are a must! They’re comfortable and sophisticated and can be dressed up or down with the right top or shoe. On a night out, I level up my look with a chunky heel (not too high because I’m a total klutz), add some waves to my hair, and swipe on a bold shade of lipstick. The base of my wardrobe comes from places such as Target, Old Navy, and H&M, but I love mixing in accessories from Frog & Toad and J. Marcel. Being an editor at Providence Monthly is my dream job. I fell in love with Rhode Island after one summer and couldn’t wait to come back. It truly is a small state with big personality and I love that I learn more about it through interviewing people for stories or connecting with our great team of writers. Rhode Island, and specifically Providence, is one of my favorite places. It’s quirky, it’s proud, and it’s changing every day, which is super exciting! Some of my favorite spots are Malted Barley for the pretzels and relaxed vibe, Muse Paint Bar for a crafty girls night, and a walk along South Water Street to admire the city skyline from the pedestrian bridge. I love fall everywhere, but it’s so special here as the leaves start to change and the temperatures drop. It’s the season of cozy! • November 2019



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ton of rentals and knew we could jazz it up.” And jazz it up, they did. Like her café, the interior of the couple’s home welcomes in plenty of natural light along with graphic elements and striking fixtures. “We use a lot of blue and gray in our home, which gives the perfect neutral backdrop for whatever wild stuff we want to add. In small spaces like our half bath, we went wild with color (coral pink walls!) and texture for visual interest.” Milena likes to be practical about what she buys and keeps in the home. “Everything has

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Earlier this year, Atabey Sánchez-Haiman learned about an open call for artwork. Such crowdsourcing is common practice among galleries and museums, but this call was different: The host was The Graduate Hotel, known for the past hundred years as the Biltmore. The hotel needed someone creative to decorate its quarters. “Once I took a look at The Graduate Hotel’s website and saw photos of their rooms,” says Atabey, “I was excited to apply, because I thought my work would complement their decor, since I make art

that adds a pop of color to rooms.” She already liked the hotel’s bright aesthetic, which matched her own “whimsicality.” Out of 70 submissions, it was Atabey who was asked to contribute to The Graduate’s walls. This is a major commission, but Atabey is up to the task: She already owns Giraffes & Robots, a Pawtucket-based gallery that showcases her own work. Atabey specializes in cheerful popart paintings with electric color schemes. Her subjects are campy and fun – dinosaurs, donuts, and superheroes, as well

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as (yes) giraffes and robots. The Graduate was initially drawn to her portrait of the Superman building, but several other landscapes have caught their eye. Beyond decor, Atabey may help create a line of postcards and other accoutrements as well. Atabey was born in Puerto Rico and has led a fascinating life, working as a zookeeper and anthropologist, store owner, and school teacher, until she spent time in Barcelona and discovered her aptitude for art. “Pop art is defined as ‘art based on modern popular culture and the mass media,’” muses Atabey. “That is a pretty wide-reaching description, and to me that says anything goes, and I like that freedom.” She cites Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Jeff Koons as influences. The same could be said for The Graduate itself, which has both retained the Biltmore’s architecture and added a funhouse of postmodern decor: colorful surfaces, loud paintings, and a wall of skeleton keys have added pep to the 18-story brick building, which first opened in 1922. One thing that has remained intact, to the delight of traditionalists, is the massive, red “Biltmore” letters that crown the roof. This historic signage inspired another of Atabey’s paintings. At press time, no precise works had been selected. The decision is a big one; The Graduate boasts nearly 300 rooms. But Atabey has a particular affinity for her original submission. “I like the Superman building because it has such a cool nickname, because it has a great, iconic, retro shape to it, because it is a prominent part of the skyline,” she says. “And because, although it is empty, Providence still loves it. It represents the quirky, artsy, awesome weirdness of this city.”

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“The label began in 2006,” says Mark MacDougall of 75orLess. “We have our 300th release coming out this year and our goal has always been to document or archive as much of the local music community as we can. In the end, we are only touching a very small amount of the music being created in the Providence area.” Along with other local labels, such as Atomic Action in Middletown or Tor Johnson Records out of Providence, 75orLess operates as a service to local artists in many different capacities, all stemming from the base need to share their music.

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“Every band that contacts 75orLess needs something different,” Mark says. “Some need help getting CDs made, some need help with digital distribution, some need help finding a studio to record in, some need help booking gigs. Some need to borrow gear for a bit. So my role changes with each release. 75orLess concentrates on bands who have recordings to share. That’s really where it all starts. Sometimes I see a band live and want to work with them. Other times, a band has finished their album and contacts me about collaborating with them on releasing it.” 75orLess also works to put on curated, monthly shows at the club Askew in Providence, which brings together artists from across this label-spectrum that wouldn’t necessarily play together. While some bands might find themselves playing with a similar cast of characters, 75orLess actively works to bring artists they see as fitting together. With their upcoming 300th release on the horizon, 75orLess has had a hand in the foundation of many artists in the Providence music scene and brought albums into the light the best they could. Even when music can simply be put online to be heard by anyone in any place, it still means something when people are working with the sole purpose of bringing art to a place where it is championed and treated as a meaningful work. “Every release by Mark Cutler is a best seller compared to most other label releases,” says Mark, “Some [other] recent releases that I think are especially good are Plug’s Block Out the Sun, New Bedford’s Sick Pills Nothing’s Funny Anymore, and The Same Thing Project’s Walks of Life Collaborations.” Bands that would like to work with 75orLess can email links of their music to “I can’t promise anything,” Mark says, “but there are plenty of bands on the label who submitted their music this way and we have worked something out.”

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SWEET SUCCESS Aleppo Sweets featured in Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants October 6 marked three years that Youssef Akhtarini, his wife Reem, and their six children have lived in Providence, resettling to the United States from Aleppo, Syria. For any family to move across the globe – fleeing a war-torn homeland, adapting to a foreign culture that has historically misunderstood and feared their own – this would be a momentous occasion. But the Akhtarinis have even more reasons to celebrate the passing of this milestone: their restaurant, Aleppo Sweets, has received national recognition by Bon Appetit magazine as one of the nominees for Best New Restaurant of 2019. Although the restaurant best known for its baklava – flaky phyllo dough, stuffed with walnuts or pistachios, sweetened with orange blossom water and sugar – Aleppo Sweets has become a destination for anyone seeking Middle Eastern comfort foods: falafel wraps, pistachio-stuffed dates (drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cardamom), and Lamb Kabobs, grilled on a skewer and served with fresh Syrian bread. Days after Bon Appetit’s announcement, Youssef, Reem, and Sandy Martin met at Aleppo Sweets. Sandy is a friend and business partner, though her relationship with the Akhtarinis goes far beyond both titles.

She has stood with the Akhtarini family since their arrival at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, where she began volunteering in 2016. Sandy and her husband, Victor Pereira, have constantly supported the Akhtarinis’ dream of rebuilding Youssef’s business. This café-bakery has been a labor of love for all of them. “Being recognized by such as prestigious food magazine is a great honor,” Sandy says. “We’ve already seen an increase in our baklava sales online.” Through their website, baklava can be shipped anywhere in the USA. Youssef and Reem smile when asked how they feel about the nomination. “We are so happy,” Youssef says. “After the [Bon Appetit announcement] I want to continue the same work, for the same quality, the same food, the same everything. When any customer comes in, we want them to leave happy.” It seems that regardless of awards or fame, the family’s dedication to service is still their top priority. Sandy sums it up best: “It’s hard for all of us to believe how a sweet little restaurant with a beautiful story of friendship and new beginnings could be in the national news.” 107 Ives Street, -Jenny Currier

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Whiskey Business Most people know Downcity’s New Harvest as a coffeehouse – but it’s also well stocked with the hard stuff Harvest already benefits from moody lighting and a bohemian atmosphere; come 5pm, sophisticated coffeephiles transform into s ophisticated tipplers, and I wanted in. As many New Englanders know, coffee and whiskey were made for each other, especially in the drizzly months. There are several coffee-based cocktails, and the standout is the Stay At Home Dad, partly for its smirk-inducing name, but mostly for its blissful mix of bourbon, espresso, and cinnamon. This creation leads to a serious dilemma: Do you really want to consume such heart-racing stuff so late in the day? If you’re like me, just the scent of espresso

will make you run laps. Then the bartender informed me, to my surprise and delight, that all the espresso-based cocktails at New Harvest can be made decaffeinated. Problem solved. The full whiskey menu reads like the index to a very long book, with columns of ryes, wheats, and single malts. Toward the end, you’ll also find a dizzying array of gins, rums, and agaves. Unless you have unlimited funds and the metabolism of a hummingbird, you will barely scratch the surface of this menu by 10pm. The solution, of course, is to try a flight, which you can order in curated trios or customize yourself. I’m locally loyal, and I shared the Sons of Liberty flight with a good friend. We sipped and traded notes, working our way through the Battle Cry, the Uprising, and the Uprising Petro Ximenez Cask. The last is sweetened with sherry, and it’s now on my Christmas list. New Harvest’s downtown location has a

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During the day, New Harvest Coffee is a buzzing little cafe, and most patrons come here for coffee and cappuccino. Nestled into The Arcade, New Harvest attracts a diverse cast of downcity characters – students, office workers, telecommuters, most of them illuminated by the glow of their laptops and phones. I have been one of those people, sitting at a bistro table and tapping out an article, savoring every drop of my Honey Latte. For artfully roasted beans, you can’t do better. But then the sun sets, and the evening crowd seeps in. This was the New Harvest I had long wanted to see. Behind the bar, a whole wall of liquor bottles beckons the thirsty guest. New





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The restaurant business is a tricky one, but if you can get it right, why not capitalize? Warren mainstay Chomp Kitchen and Drinks has found its niche and become a favorite to locals and visitors alike. The small East Bay eatery has provided customers with original burger concoctions and a curated craft beer selection since 2013. Now, the mouth-watering, Instagram-worthy, gluttonous dishes are going to make their debut in Providence – an endeavor that, according to owner Sam Glynn, has long been in the making. “I’ve been looking to grow Chomp to Providence for a few years now,” says Sam. The owner looked at a slew of different locations in various areas of the city before he found the right one. Then, he finally landed on a location on Ives Street, taking over the old (and dilapidated) Eagle Super Market storefront. After some progress on the renovations Sam says, “It very much feels like Chomp in there already.” The space itself is going to be a little bit bigger than the one in Warren, and the staff

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intends to make the most of it. The Providence Chomp boasts a plan to host events local breweries, pop-ups with some of their local food purveyors, and “other fun stuff.” (Let’s hope trivia and live music is coming down the pike!) As for the menu, the restaurant will stay true to its original forte: burgers, beer, and lip-smacking appetizers. Sam says that we should expect Chomp staples like the House Burger, Bacon Burger, Mac and Cheese Burger, Chomp Hot Chicken Sandwich, wings, and fried pickles. However, the joint will pay homage to its new home with the Eagle Super Burger (similar to the Stack Burger) – a behemoth of different beef, pork, and chicken patties topped with rich cheeses, jams, and pickled vegetables. In the past, Sam mentioned that he takes pride in introducing his customers to different flavor profiles and beers. The small restaurant has earned the trust of its Warren customers, and the staff hopes to do the same in Providence. 117 Ives Street, -Lauren Vella

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Character’s Cafe & Theatre Hybrid art space with all-day breakfast, coffee, and theater-inspired entrees. 82 Rolfe Sq, Cranston, 490-9475. BL $ Chez Pascal & The Wurst Kitchen Housemade hotdogs and sausages can be devoured at the Wurst Kitchen, and next level French bistro fare at Chez Pascal. 960 Hope St, Providence, (401) 421-4422 LD $-$$$ Don Jose Tequilas Restaurant Homestyle

Mexican fare plus beer, wine, and cocktails in a colorful setting. 351 Atwells Ave, Providence, 454-8951. LD $-$$ Harry’s Bar & Burger Called the “Best Burger in America” by CNN. Over 50 craft beers. 121 North Main St, Providence, 228-7437; 301 Atwells Ave, 228-3336. LD $-$$ Haruki Japanese cuisine and a la carte selections with casual ambience. Locations in Cranston and Providence, LD $-$$ Joe Marzelli’s Old Canteen Italian Restaurant High-end Italian restaurant serving up specialty dishes and drinks. 120 Atwells Ave, Providence. 751-5544. LD $$$ Julian’s A must-taste Providence staple celebrating more than 20 years. 318 Broadway, Providence, 861-1770. BBrLD $$ KG Kitchen City neighborhood bistro turning up New American favorite. 771 Hope St, Providence, 331-4100. LD $$-$$$ Lotus Garden Noodle & Sushi House Authentic Cambodian cuisine in the heart of the Hill. 223 Atwells Ave, Providence, 383-4774. LD $-$$$ Luxe Burger Bar Build Your Own Burger:

You dream it, we build it! 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, 621-5893. LD $ Parkside Rotisserie & Bar American bistro specializing in rotisserie meats. 76 South Main St, Providence, 331-0003. LD $-$$ Pizza J Fun, upbeat atmosphere with thincrust pizza, pub fare, and gluten-free options. 967 Westminster St, Providence, 632-0555. LD $-$$ Rebelle Artisan Bagels Artisan bagels that are uniquely hand-rolled, boiled, and baked. 10 Doyle Ave, Providence, 349-1263. BrL $ Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 437-6950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ The River Social Mediterannean small plates overlooking Waterplace Park for a uniquely social experience. 200 Exchange St, Providence, 256-5686. D $-$$

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EAST BAY + NEWPORT Blount Market & Kitchen Traditional New England seafood summer favorites offered year-round for dine-in and takeout. 406 Water St, Warren, 245-1800. LD $$

East Bay Oyster Bar Local seafood meets innovative preparation in a rustic setting. 308 County Rd, Barrington, 247-0303. LD $$ Pannoni’s BYOB with a fun and patriotic theme. 553 Hope St, Bristol, 396-5168. LD $$

Bluewater Bar and Grill Casual restaurant with modern seafood dishes, patio seating, and live music. 32 Barton Ave, Barrington, 247-0017. LD $$-$$$

The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar Focusing on American fare and craft beer. 50 Miller St, Warren (second location in East Greenwich), 245-4500. D $$-$$$

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The Wharf Remodeled and reimagined, this dockside restaurant offers seafood, pasta, and coastal charm for days. 215 Water St, Warren, 289-2524. LD $$-$$$$

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SOUTH COUNTY Celestial Cafe Locally sourced and globally inspired cuisine with a curated craft beer list. 567 South County Trail, Exeter, 295-5559. BruLD $$-$$$ Chair 5 Hotel haunt with a beach-inspired menu and a dreamy rooftop lounge. 1208 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, 363-9820. LD $$-$$$ Coast Guard House A new American menu with a seafood emphasis and extensive wine list, open seven days a week. 40 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, 789-0700. BrLD $$$ Colvitto’s Pizza & Bakery Pizza Calzones and baked goods made fresh daily. 91 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 783-8086. BrLD $ The Cove Traditional bar and grill serving

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North Kingstown, 295-0800. LD $$-$$$ Sophie’s Brewhouse Espresso drinks and sandwiches with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. 699 S County Trail, Exeter, 2954273. BL $$ T’s Restaurant RI favorite with all day breakfast-brunch. Cranston, East Greenwich, Narragansett; BrLD $$ Tavern by the Sea Waterfront European/ American bistro. 16 West Main St, Wickford, 294-5771. LD $$ Thirsty Gull New England sourced gastropub. 9 East Ave, Westerly, 596-1936. D $$ Twin Willows Fresh seafood and water views in a family-friendly atmosphere. 865 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, 789-8153. LD $-$$ • November 2019


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