Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Dante's Kitchen has taken the old Audra's spot, and King Guitar opens a retail shop.
It's hard to believe we were lamenting the dearth of breakfast places on Main Street not that long ago. Since then, the Village Cafe opened and Jigger's reopened – both to strong business, joining Scramblers and Norman's, as well as several coffee shops. Now Dante's Kitchen is opening, in the former Audra's Cafe spot at 315 Main St. Lisa Altieri is the owner of Dante's, which will offer American cusine with “dash of Southern flair." The restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch and plans to offer "an eclectic menu peppered with Southern favorites, such as sage fried chicken and waffles, homemade buttermilk biscuits and shrimp po’ boys," according to a press release. Altieri decided to open a restaurant after 12 years experience owning …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Miss anything that happened this week? Check out these top headlines from around Rhode Island.
Saturday, March 30 Superior Court Judge Brian P. Stern ruled during a hearing Friday that the Central Coventry Fire District must be liquidated. District Chief Andy Baynes and Special Master Richard Land had already shut down three of the district's five stations effective at 8 a.m. Friday in an attempt to cut costs. Sunday, March 31 A man was shot last night on the Fairmount Street bridge at about 10 p.m., suffering serious wounds. Monday, April 1 A small Lhasa Apso dog was killed Sunday night while being walked on Fox Run Road, according to Portsmouth police. Tuesday, April 2 A Newport woman was charged with driving under the influence after she allegedly got into an accident with two other vehicles early Tuesday morning. No injuries …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
What to love and loathe about living in East Greenwich this month.
RANT: Why did the chicken cross the road? The answer is, it didn’t, at least on Main Street in East Greenwich. I can’t believe anyone is really shocked that a pedestrian was hit in broad daylight by a car while crossing one of the walkways on Main Street last month. That’s like being surprised that the $1.99 you paid for a bag of frozen meatballs might have fillers like intestines, gizzards, skin or – apparently even more disgusting – horse in it. I have written in this column how my kids have waited upwards of 15 minutes to cross at times, more than once in pouring rain. It doesn’t matter if they are wearing bright orange vests, waving their arms or even jumping up and down. My son said that he counts the cars who drive by while he is …
Friday, April 5, 2013
In the wake of two recent incidents in which cars hit pedestrians, town officials look – again – at ways to make the street safer.
Carolin Goldman was insistent: "Who’s responsible for the safety of pedestrians on Main Street? Who?" The longtime East Greenwich resident's question wasn't easy for Town Manager Bill Sequino to answer. For one thing, Main Street doesn't belong to East Greenwich – it's a state road. Even the sidewalks don't belong to EG, although the town can police both. Goldman was on Main Street Tuesday afternoon with Sequino, testing a number of crosswalks to see how long it took cars to stop so they could cross safely. Goldman has been frustrated with the danger of Main Street for pedestrians for a while – ever since she was trying to cross in front of Town Hall and seven cars passed her by before she could finally make her way. She wrote a letter …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The woman declined to be taken to the hospital; the incident follows a hit-and-run on Main Street in February that injured two pedestrians.
A woman crossing Main Street near the EG Fire Station was hit by a car Friday. She declined medical treatment. It’s the second time in a month that a car has hit a pedestrian on Main Street. On Feb. 19, two people were injured by a hit-and-run driver on Main Street, one seriously. According to the police accident report, the incident on Friday took place around 11:15 a.m., when a car driven by Amanda Greene of East Greenwich attempted to turn onto Main Street from Dedford Street. Greene told police she was stopped on Dedford Street when a car on Main Street stopped to let her turn onto Main Street. Greene drove through the crosswalk, hitting the pedestrian in the knee. Greene told police she’d seen the pedestrian and another woman on the …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Goodbye Audra's, Sassy & Classy and Skyleen Mustang; hello Hill and Harbour Vet and David-Max home furnishings.
We'll blame the weather, but it's been a while since we checked in on the happenings on Main Street and things are happening! We've lost Audra's, Sassy & Classy, and Skyleen Mustang, but Hill & Harbour Veterinarian Center is now open and David-Max – a home furnishings shop – plans to open April 1. Keith and Amy Schoen are behind Hill & Harbour Veterinary Center, next door to Back to Basics. Keith is the vet and he said his emphasis will be service to please both pets and their owners. They took over the lease last summer. With renovations finished, they are open and taking patients. Visit their website here, call (401) 398-7808, or stop by. On the opposite side of the street a few blocks north, David-Max is perhaps the first store to …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
What we love and loathe about living in East Greenwich this month.
RANT: The recent hoopla over whether certain businesses should receive liquor licenses has left me scratching my head. A coffee shop is ok, but a dessert store isn’t? (In case you are thinking that it makes immense sense as those who over-imbibe at the coffee shop can quickly sober up with a few shots of high octane joe, studies published in Scientific American show that combining large amounts of alcohol and caffeine simultaneously can actually be lethal. So there.) OK, I don’t live with my head in a can. I get that laws can change attitudes and oftentimes, they can be the first step towards a change in mentality and our society’s values. The reality of this hit me on the noggin just last week when my kids and I were on vacation in Las …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Starting at around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the crew shoveled, plowed, and vacuumed up snow from both the street and the sidewalks.
Snow is so pretty as if falls. But the reality of all that heavy snow from last weekend's blizzard was anything but pretty on Main Street by Monday. Drivers struggled to find places to park, pedestrians had to navigate through or over giant snow mounds, and store owners lost business. The EG Department of Public Works made it all – most of it anyway – go away in a significant operation Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. That Main Street snow? It's now piled up in the parking lot above the town boat launch on Crompton Avenue. "We understand the importance of Main Street," said DPW director Joe Duarte. "I wish we could have done it Monday." The rain Monday interfered with those plans, as crews did yet more snow plowing and had to …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The storm Friday to Saturday brought more snow to East Greenwich than the town had seen in decades.
If you've been on Main Street in the past two days, you know it's not at its best and the sidewalks ... well, for long stretchs of Main Street, they are impassable. "Most of the time they spent trying to widen the roads and clear drains," said Town Manager Bill Sequino Monday afternoon about the Public Works crew. He said he'd initially hoped the crew could clean up Main Street Monday night. The plan now is to clear the sidewalks Tuesday night. The DPW crew began work Friday morning and continued through the weekend, with little rest. As Sequino said, "It was a very messy storm." During the storm, the EG Fire District had 52 calls, according to Chief Peter Henrikson, but none of them serious. There were fire alarm soundings, a gas leak, …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Small Business Saturday deemed a success by shoppers, business owners alike.
Jeff and Maureen Mascoli of Warwick decided to shop on Main Street on Saturday to support the idea of shopping local. "We've never really walked up and down Main Street before," said Jeff. They carried bags from Smyle and the Chocolate Delicacy. Stephanie Cunha from Seekonk, Mass., was shopping at Frills, but planned to make her way down the length of Main Street to Luniac Glamour. "Basically, I like what East Greenwich has to offer," Cunha said. "I hope to get a lot of people checked off my Christmas list." Storeowner Staci Cormier, of Staci's Lingerie, expressed satisfaction with the traffic flow on Saturday. "It was a very good day today," she said.