City needs all-night licenses to mature

Providence is becoming ever more attractive as a place to live. But one shortcoming in the development of the downtown neighborhood is the lack of certain amenities – a full-service grocery store being among them. Another is the dearth of 24-hour delis and the like. If you want to get some high-quality, late-night (or early morning) eats, you’re out of luck. You won’t find what is so easy to patronize in New York City, for instance. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



PBN Editorial

City needs all-night licenses to mature

Posted 8/19/13

Providence is becoming ever more attractive as a place to live. But one shortcoming in the development of the downtown neighborhood is the lack of certain amenities – a full-service grocery store being among them. Another is the dearth of 24-hour delis and the like. If you want to get some high-quality, late-night (or early morning) eats, you’re out of luck. You won’t find what is so easy to patronize in New York City, for instance.

The roadblock in this continuing development of Providence as a round-the-clock livable urban center is the city’s Licensing Board. It has been reticent to grant the required approvals, for a host of reasons.

For one, the board has had two of the city’s major educational institutions opposing the granting of the licenses. Johnson & Wales University and Brown University both point to safety concerns for their students as reasons to oppose 24-hour licenses for the Gourmet Heaven market (Gourmet Heaven’s original store is on Weybosset Street downtown, and it has opened a new store on Meeting Street on College Hill).

The two schools are right to take a paternalistic view of their students. But the schools and the city need to find new ways to accomplish laudable goals, because for Rhode Island to thrive, its major urban center must be supported as it morphs into something far more than it is today.

The Providence public safety commissioner has proposed a trial licensing period of 24-hour operation with an expanded police presence for the two Gourmet Heaven locations, and that is a good start. Innovative thinking will be required to make it work, but the payoff will be great. •

Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Two Great Programs...One Great Event. PBN's Annual Celebration of Growth and Innovation is now underway. 2014 applications are now available. Deadline August 1st.
  • Healthiest Employers
    Celebrate with the Healthiest Employers in RI on August 14th at the Providence M ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    Thank you to our sponsors and to all those who attended the 10th Anniversary of ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement