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Garris Dec 1, 2012 11:20 AM

We're almost at the end of the year. What's happening in the dining scene?

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    fancysauce Dec 2, 2012 10:10 AM

    I think Cresta in the apex building in Pawtucket has closed. Havent seen any signs of life recently

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      FriskyFireman69 Dec 3, 2012 07:47 AM

      Basta in Cranston , but not sure when it happened.

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        oystertripe Dec 4, 2012 10:57 AM

        Basta is only closed temporarily for renovations. Long live their stuffed veal chop!

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          FriskyFireman69 Dec 5, 2012 07:29 PM

          No Basta is done , Yes renovations are going on , new ownership

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            oystertripe Dec 18, 2012 06:19 AM

            Just heard that Basta is reopening. The laundry next door says they are cleaning their napkins right now. We'll see.

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              dinnerdoctor Mar 9, 2013 05:40 AM

              They opened in February under new ownership. Apparently the first couple of weeks were rough, but they got a new chef and reinstated some of the old menu. We went in early March and the place was packed, the service was attentive, and the pizza was great. The crust was probably the best I've had in RI.

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        jomo9501 Dec 3, 2012 12:51 PM

        Tini has closed.

        http://blogs.providencejournal.com/ar...

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          Frank Terranova Dec 6, 2012 07:02 AM

          They said the chef left and no one could run it.
          the place wasnt doing any business

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          Frobisher Dec 7, 2012 06:46 AM

          Rollies has opened next to Cilantro's on Weybosset St in Providence. Pretty sure this spot is on top of ancient Indian burial ground since everything that goes in there closes within two months. I hope these folks make a go of it.

          They offer korean rice rolls (think very large maki rolls) . You pick your protein (pork, beef, chicken or mushrooms), up to three veggies and topping sauce.

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            wormwood Dec 28, 2012 11:26 AM

            noticed trattoria san vivaldi has changed its name (via aurelia? i think). new signs touting their brick oven pizza as well. i'm assuming it's just a name change and not a full fledged overhaul (or new management).

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              elle Dec 28, 2012 12:32 PM

              Alfie is still going strong. He's highlighting the pizza (which is phenomenal) and catering in an effort to diversify and attract new business.

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                wormwood Dec 28, 2012 12:42 PM

                that's what i was hoping to hear!

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              FjmArch Dec 29, 2012 12:04 PM

              Temple in the renaissance is closed. New restaurant already in the works.

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                Garris Jan 1, 2013 05:46 AM

                I wonder what will go in next. Temple always felt a bit "off" to me. From food to service to the space itself, it never felt like it came together.

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                Jennifer Luxmoore Dec 30, 2012 07:16 AM

                There's an african buffet... Bayal... that I just recently saw in the Chili's plaza off North Main... http://www.bayalbuffet.com/.
                Not sure when it opened... I may be late to the table with this one...

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                  fancysauce Dec 31, 2012 09:29 AM

                  Eddy has opened on Eddy St. just off Westminster behind Modern Love. Owned by some Dorrance alums. Small menu, small space (about 40 including the bar) but already an industry hangout. Opened last Wednesday. Focusing on properly made cocktails at a reasonable price. 7$ sazerac people!!!

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                    LMaslar Dec 6, 2013 01:40 PM

                    I am pretty sure Golden Ginger in Cumberland RI closed. Also, there is a new Japanese Steakhouse in Johnston called Koi, same owner as Mizu in Middletown.

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