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PVD/RI * October * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

What's going on this month?

One thing I saw is that Wings Over Providence is going to reopen shortly on Hope Street on the East Side, presumptively with different ownership of the franchise. I'd give them two suggestions based on the previous Wings iteration there:
- I'd lower prices about 5-10%, as I thought they were a bit high.
- I'd lower cooking time about 20-30%. They'd quote you 30 minutes after you put in your order, but 45 minutes wasn't unusual to get your takeout.

What else is going on?

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  1. The name escapes me at the moment, but a couple of weeks ago I walked past a Korean place in the late stages of construction on the NW corner of Westminster and Eddy, and yesterday I overheard someone talking about having eaten there, so it must be open by now. Kind of a weak report, I know.

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    1. re: Gin n Tonic

      That'd be Sura - it's been open for some time now. Haven't been in yet (I'll try to next time I'm in town).

      Kudos to Garris for trying to keep RI-related chatter current and lively. I miss living in Lil Rhody!

      1. re: digga

        No, it isn't Sura. I know what and where Sura is.

        1. re: Gin n Tonic

          Are you thinking of "Teriyaki and Korean House" on the corner of Westminster and Eddy? It is operated by the folks from Solomon's Market on Benefit Street that closed a couple of years ago.

          1. re: pork_chop

            Yes, that's it. Although "Teriyaki and Korean House" sounds more like a description than a name. Is it open? Has anyone been?

    2. Congress Tavern opened on Orange St. downtown. Stopped in Sunday night for a few beers and tried some of the apps:
      -homemade chips - very good
      -lobster nachos - kind of a weird concept, but there were generous with the lobster
      -wings - pretty standard

      All in all, solid pub food, but not sure it really fits the gastro pub billing.

      1. On Hope Street (Hope Village neighborhood) across from Blaze is a sign for "Kitchenbar". I googled the name but didn't come up with much. It is not open yet.

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        1. re: Jenkins

          They've been working on that space for a bit. Some renderings at the design firm can be found at http://www.ckidesignstudio.com/indexF....

          1. re: Garris

            Hmmmm, interesting design and concept for a restaurant.

          2. re: Jenkins

            KitchenBar is by the same owner as the pizza place that was there before, work on it seem to be sporadic.

          3. In Elmhurst, Cactuz, a decent burrito place, appears to have closed. However, Angkor is opening a location in the same spot (Smith St. next to LaSalle Bakery).

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            1. re: Frobisher

              I frankly never liked their burritos at all (and their smoothies were terrible). Is Angkor moving to the new spot or is this going to a second outpost?

              1. re: Garris

                The sign says Angkor Express, so I assume the original location remains. Assuming that's right, this will actually be their third location (they have another Express on Weybosset across from JWU).

            2. In Wayland Square, the Edge (coffee shop, lunch) closed rather quickly over the weekend.

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              1. re: jomo9501

                Wow, we got drinks from the Edge at about 3-ish PM on Sunday. It must have been right before the end...

                VERY sad. The Edge did many things very well, including some great sandwiches and smoothies and always seemed very busy. They close just as Wayland Square seems to be hitting its stride. I always thought they should have been open later in the day, however. They seemed to close right as everyone was getting out of work/class.

                1. re: Garris

                  The papers posted in the window imply that the owner had some personal issues that made continuing difficult. Too bad...

                  In other Wayland Square news, I know this been the case for a little bit but I didn't see posted here that Twist on Angell closed as well :(. I know it wasn't a Chowhound favorite, but I appreciated it as one of the few places you could bring children and a family easily. I always thought they missed out not advertising themselves as a family friendly destination.

                  Also, on Hope Street, the European/Russian Deli closed as well :(.

                  1. re: Garris

                    No shocker Twist closed. They were not bad - but in Providence there is just too much good competition to get by being average.

                    1. re: Garris

                      Aw, the European Deli was fun to visit. My friend (w/ strong interest in Russia) went there to get ingredients (and candy) when she cooked Russian food for her house.

                2. the dorrance is now open (formerly federal reserve). the inside is as beautiful as ever but now open to the public. their facebook page has the menu.

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                  1. re: sarabean

                    Anyone been? I need to plan a dinner for a retiring colleague and the location would be perfect. The menu looks right, just need to know how well they execute.

                    1. re: Frobisher

                      Extremely well! Just ate there for the first time after having drinks a couple of times and it's really exceptionally good. Everything we ate was very well done, one of the few meals I've had recently about which I've got no criticisms.

                  2. United BBQ on Ives has closed as of Oct 29. From their web site:

                    As of October 29, 2011, United BBQ has been closed for a period of reorganization and reevaluation. It is not certain, as of this time, if United BBQ will reopen. We may move to another location, reopen under different management in the same spot or cease operations permanently. Anything is possible.

                    To all of our loyal customers: thanks for your business over the last three years! Stay tuned.

                    Claude Goldstein

                    United BBQ

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                        1. re: jomo9501

                          That sucks. It just got to be the time of year (i.e no waterfires) when cutting across the city for takeout became a viable option again.

                          1. re: jomo9501

                            Very sad to read... Claude, what do you think the major problems were? Location, economy, neighborhood?