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Dec 10, 2011 10:07 PM

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

Better late than never...

If anyone knows any info, post it here...

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  1. Adesso's on the Hill. Who's behind it and when do they plan to open?

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    1. re: trufflehound

      I heard about this years ago when they closed off Thayer. It was supposed to be a big deal, including rooftop dining, but never happened. Is it newly rumored again?

      1. re: Garris

        I'm intrigued by this rumor. I have very fond memories of going to Adesso (calling it Adesso's is classic RI, like calling Caserta Pizza Caserta's) when it opened around 1987 -- it was one of the first "modern" restaurants in Providence. Its Cal-Ital cuisine was very refreshing. Then I took my family there in 2005, just before its sudden closure. It really held up well.

        Would be very curious to see what a new Adesso would look like.

        1. re: Bob W

          I would hope they would have the Adesso pizza.

        2. re: Garris

          Drove by the Atwells location the other day. It looked like they were ready nearly to open.

      2. Not really a December-specific "coming soon," but this was exciting to read today:

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        1. re: LMWW

          Totally appropriate to post... Does this mean the area will soon have 3 historic diners in operation? This, Modern, and Liberty Elm?

          1. re: jomo9501

            I’m not too surprised. We hit there several times back in 2007 or so when it was relatively busy with decent food and really good bar service and drinks. Towards the tail end of that timeframe the food just didn’t seem worth the money or the wait……..never went back. I wasn’t surprised to see it on TV. Honestly, the location sucked. If you didn’t know it was there you would never go down that street, unless you are classically lost in Providence……..

            1. re: River19

              They were a bit cursed by fate/the recession, though. That location, back when they were planning I'm sure, was about to become the hottest location downtown. A "W Hotel" across the street in the city's tallest residential tower,a Hampton Inn hotel on the way, the Arcade attached to the W Hotel that was to become a major market and destination...

              Save for the Hampton Inn, none of those things happened. Oops... They weren't the only business to open there to get in on the ground floor of what was supposed to be a boom there... Too bad all around. Now all there is is a surface parking lot and skeleton of the historic facade...

          2. Every time I'm on Federal Hill, it seems there are 2-3 new places I haven't heard of before and 2-3 others gone.

            So, last night, I noticed that Mumu's Forbidden Tea Room bubble tea place/bar/lounge/breakfast place/club? thingy had the name down and papered over windows. I don't know when that happened as I recall them having big glossy ads in Providence Monthly not so long ago...

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            1. re: Garris

              Didn't the Tea Room have some licensing issues. I know there was an establishment on the Hill that the police wanted shut down after a melee because it was a hangout for Asian gang members.

            2. Not sure when they re-opened but, Wings Over Providence on Hope Street is opened. I just received a menu in the latest issue of Eastside Monthly.

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              1. re: jomo9501


                - Wait times are down. They used to say 30 minutes but 40 or more wasn't unusual, which was crazy. Now, they're really down to 15-20.
                - Ingredients seem better quality than the first go around

                Still needing work:
                - The slowest counter staff ever... 2 customers at a time paralyzes this group.
                - They don't put plastic utensils in your takeout order bag and seem slightly taken aback when you ask for it (an increasingly common takeout malady)

                - I think they've dumbed down the flavors a tad. Their flavors used to have real bite and I think it was a bit too much for the average customer.