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PVD/RI * December '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

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

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

    1. Basta in Cranston , but not sure when it happened.

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      1. re: FriskyFireman69

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

        1. re: oystertripe

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

          1. re: FriskyFireman69

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

            1. re: oystertripe

              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.

        1. re: jomo9501

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

        2. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: wormwood

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

              1. re: elle

                that's what i was hoping to hear!

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

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              1. re: FjmArch

                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.

              2. 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...

                1. 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!!!

                  1. 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.