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Aug 2, 2014 03:50 AM

PVD/RI * August '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Another month gone and I did not make it to any new establishments. What is new out there in PVD / RI?

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  1. Bocado opened in the old Cuban Revolution space in Olneyville. Spanish tapas and some larger plates. 60 Valley Street.

    Diving back, I saw that Letty's Cocina Artisanal opened in Providence on Broadway on the corner where Mi Deleite used to be. Looks like a nice little renovation. 488 Broadway.

    1. Thai Basil is opening soon in the spot formerly occupied by Sicilia's at the end of Mineral Spring Ave in North Providence. Looks like they've put a lot of work into renovating the space.

      Not sure how new this is, but saw that Faial has opened a second location (cleverly named Faial II) on Putnam Pike in Greenville. Don't remember seeing that the last couple times I'd been down that way (within the last couple months anyway).

      1. Providence has an outdoor rooftop bar: Rooftop at the G.

        This terrific new venue is located on the sixth floor of the old Providence Gas building on Dorrance Street. A gigantic G is affixed to the front facade.

        The space is quite large. A bar is the centerpiece with large roomy half-moon couches on one side and tables with umbrellas on the other. A stone railing rims the entire space.

        We went at 6 p.m. on a Friday night. It was crowded but we got a table within 15 minutes. My proseco was descent. My companion’s Rielsing was fair. Beer and wine are moderately priced. There are no prices for cocktails on the menu but friends have told me they are a tad high for Providence. Food menu ranges from a raw bar to small bites to several entrees. We shared a Margherita pizza made in the outdoor brick oven. I thought it was small for $15.00. and rather unexceptional.

        BUT the views were great and were worth a stop at the G.

        After we finished our drinks and appetizer we walked the perimeter of the roof and enjoyed looking at the city on three sides and the Route 195 bridge on the fourth. It was fun identifying Providence's various landmarks and we spent as much time talking about the city’s numerous examples of 19th century Federal and Victorian architecture with its detailed moldings, capitols, and windows as we did enjoying our table-side drinks.

        When we left around 8 pm there was a long line waiting for the elevator to the roof.

        The Rooftop at the G is a lively lovely fun addition to the Providence bar scene.

        It is almost like being in New York City …almost..

        1. The Salted Slate opened in Wayland Square where Farmstead used to be. Went there for brunch on Sunday and would certainly go back. The bag of warm doughnut(s) reminded me of malasadas. Perfectly cooked eggs and delicious ribbons of bacon from Pat's Pastured. Excellent service as well.

          1. harry's burger bar is expanding to atwells apparently. not sure when they're due to open, but demo/renovation was going on yesterday.