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The state’s restaurant industry continues to fire on all cylinders. As the peak summer season kicked off, there were widespread reports of packed houses, and waiting times for tables were commonplace even in downtown Providence, as well as in the traditional hotspots of Newport and Narragansett.
News of visiting celebrity chefs and national acclaim continues to come in to add seasoning to what is shaping up to be a record-setting summer. Such a vibrant business environment can withstand the short-term ebb and flow that happens in the day-to-day ups and downs of the industry. So it was when news of four restaurant closings within a month in various locations around the state was reported, it was taken in stride with virtually no naysaying or dire predictions of the industry’s future. In fact, by the time word came out, the executive chef of two of the shuttered eateries had already landed a new position – chef Ashirwad “Ash” Elhence, formerly of Vintage and Blue Grotto, is now at Blaze East Side. And a suburban restaurant had barely closed its doors when its successor announced plans to reopen in its place.
As first reported in PBN’s online edition, Encore Restaurant Group, the owners of Mill’s Tavern and Red Stripe, announced in early June the opening of a second Red Stripe location. The new Red Stripe will open this summer in East Greenwich at 455 Main St., most recently the location of Caprice. General Manager Stan Kachnowicz describes the concept and the location as a perfect match.
“Red Stripe is a family restaurant serving refined, comfort food,” he said. “We’re excited to bring our Red Stripe experience to the neighborhood of East Greenwich. The clientele is comparable to our Providence location, where we see many of our guests out for a stroll or out shopping.”