What’s in the Fridge?
Last December, Motif wrote an article about the community fridges popping up around the state, including the Refri, the community refrigerator outside New Urban Arts (motifri.com/communityfridge). Since the article, the Refri has remained open and available. I recently talked to a young woman carrying a giant box of food who said, “I read about the […]
Knocking it Off and Shutting it Down
A few local businesses took the safety of their employees, customers and community so seriously that they kept things locked down even when state officials began to lift restrictions. Frog and Toad, located at 795 Hope Street (they do have a second location on Westminster but it’s currently closed) has yet to reopen for in-person […]
Beating the Pandemic with Providence Bagels
Chris Wietecha, owner of Providence Bagel, did not let the pandemic get him down. From the onset of the coronavirus, Wietecha was prepared to help. “My wife works in health care and was on the front lines when the pandemic first happened. She came home and was totally stressed out—they’re at work, they’re not eating, […]
Open and Closed
Open White Electric: 711 Westminster St, PVD. Just in time for May Day, this Providence favorite has been taken over by the workers and reopened its doors. You love to see it. See story page XX. Kow Kow: 120 Ives St, PVD. kowkowfood.com. Originally a food truck owned and operated by a former medical student, […]
Do You Take Democracy with Your Coffee? White Electric takes on a radical new experiment
A Providence favorite reopened its doors on May 1 under new ownership. White Electric has been a Westminster Street mainstay for years. Like many other local businesses, in the last year it’s been the victim of intermittent hours, COVID regulations and state-mandated lockdowns and pauses. Now it’s back for good, and the workers have transformed […]
True North: The story of North restaurant’s response to COVID
“As a restaurant, we’ve never made any money … ever. So [the pandemic’s financial strain] is less scary because we’re used to the task of running at the edge of a broken system. I don’t want to exploit people or put up financial barriers for customers to access the experience/culture we’re creating. And that’s always […]
Up and Coming in Cumberland: Vegan and CBD specialties abound at Blackstone Herbs and Coffee Bar
Calling my coffee, tea and CBD lovers out there, there’s a coffee shop you have to check out: Blackstone Herbs and Coffee Bar in Cumberland. This new shop is located on Broad Street and focuses on locally sourced vegan eats, coffee, and small-batch CBD that can be put into their variety of drinks, as well […]
You Wanna Pizza Me?: A Guy and His Pie brings pizza with pizzazz to PVD!
If you’ve been tooling around Rhode Island foodstagrams in the past few months, there’s no way you haven’t come across A Guy and His Pie and their amazingly mouthwatering pizza photography! What began as a therapeutic way to beat quarantine boredom (and pivot from decidedly #basic sourdough bread making) turned into a fantastic business, bringing […]
No Gluten? No Problem.
Hidden behind a little red door in Pawtucket, Craft Burgers and Beer (342 East Ave) is a gem for gluten-free eaters. This South of the Border burger decorated with fresh jalapeños, guacamole and jack cheese is covered in an avocado crème fraîche that makes this a decadent entree with just the right amount of kick. […]
This is the gluten-free “Four Cheesy” pasta at Bettola, located in Cranston’s Rolfe Square. The smoked gouda, mozzarella, pecorino and fior de latte blend perfectly to create a unique and creamy flavor that does not overpower the penne. The grilled chicken was the perfect complement to this hearty dish. Their entire menu of pizzas, pastas […]