After two years of pizza-craving anticipation, Julians Pizza joint, Pizza J, opened October 23 in the formerly vacant L&G Armature building on Westminster in PVD. With its stained-glass windows, bold colors and plenty of game space, this place screams Julians. The menu includes six staple pizzas, a selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and a daily pasta dish with plenty of room to grow. Veganites rejoice: You can substitute a vegan cashew “cheese” made in-house. There are also gluten-free options with a cauliflower crust made in-house. The bar features 17 craft beers and a wine tap! The future will hold expansions, both in the menu and physical space, but for now, be sure to check out the (not-so-secret) arcade in the back, featuring multicade and pinball.
Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon opened a second location in Warwick. Known as a “true Rock and Roll smoke joint,” this sister location joins the other out in Seekonk.
After a month-long hiatus, the Allie’s Donuts in North Kingstown reopened October 28.
Kowabunga! Floortime Studios & Surfset Newport is moving its dance lessons and surf-inspired workouts to Board SUP Newport. Keep up with their social dance programs where you can learn how to ballroom, Latin, country or swing dance. You also can keep calm with their on-shore surf yoga or get your blood pumping with their HIIT Surfset Blend.
An Unlikely Story, a bookstore and cafe owned by Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and his wife is the new go-to place in Plainville, Massachusetts, to sit down, grab a beer or glass of wine and read a good book. There’s also coffee and tea if you’re getting a bit sleepy, as well as salads and sandwiches if you’re just hungry. Author signings, book talks and storytime readings aren’t rare here, and you may even be able to catch a yoga class or jewelry workshop while you’re visiting!
If you’re looking for a shop that loves cheese as much as you do, Say Cheese sandwich shop in PVD is your cheesy heaven. Options include build-your-own mac, melts and more! Plus, you know, you can always just get a coffee and a salad, bagel or wrap if cheese isn’t your thing, I guess.
And if you didn’t get enough lactose in the last listing, Milk Money is coming to PVD. It will have a seasonally and globally inspired menu, with small dishes encouraging a “shared-style” eating experience and constant social interaction. And here’s a tip: The restaurant is hiring both front-of-house and back-of-house staff!
When you’re looking for only the best in fine meat and seafood, Primecut Modern Steakhouse and Mezzo Lounge in PVD is your new, chic hangout spot. Ultra-modern in its design, with dishes that have just as much style, this restaurant was built after The Pearl was severely damaged by a fire in late 2015. Now Primecut and Mezzo offers a dining-style restaurant and bar with an award-winning patio, complete with fireplaces and couches perfect for toasting under the stars.
We know. You’ve been waiting. And there’s good news! Rhode Island’s first Sonic Drive-In, known for its roller-skating servers and in-car food service, is open in Smithfield where Wendy’s used to provide the burger fix!
If you’re looking for the best foodie experience of your life, Lura Cafe will definitely, without a doubt, feed your need for craft-beer battered backyard-raised organic GMO-free chicken. This is hands-down the best restaurant in PVD if you’re looking for some of the most lush, succulent dishes in the history of the city.
After only a few blissful days, Providence’s ultra chic and ultra good Lura Cafe shuttered its tenacious store windows. This once-in-a-lifetime venue was known for its larger-than-life internet and social media presence and of course, its incredibly chimerical and immaterial cuisine.
After 15 years of business, Studio Z’s current location, the Butcher Block Complex, is scheduled for demolition. For more info go to motifri.com/studioz.
The tiny comic book store on Broadway in PVD met its match, and Multiverse Comics has closed its doors. Readers will have to look elsewhere for their little taste of every comic book universe from now on.
After renovating, East Buffet in East Providence is now for lease. We know how hard it is to live without the all-you-can-eat sushi, orange chicken and egg rolls. It’ll be okay.
The super successful hybrid restaurant/bed-and-breakfast/casino, The Canfield House Restaurant in Newport, is closing down and will be turned into a private dining facility for the Tennis Hall of Fame’s guests. From here on out, you’ll have to start practicing your tennis skills to get a glimpse of this historic building from the inside.
Perry Mill Tavern, formerly known as the Rhino Bar in Newport, has been acquired by the Midtown Oyster Bar. They’ve already transferred the Perry Mill Tavern alcohol licence over to a new owner and were approved for an entertainment licence, so put this on your list of new places to go on your night out!
After 42 years in Business, Yesterday & The Place Restaurant & Brew Pub in Newport has been sold to a new owner who has new plans for the building. There are rumors of turning the second floor into office space and the first into high-end retail.