With hearty entrees like chicken sandwiches on the menu, recently opened Ritual Cafe invites patrons to start the morning off right with good food, great coffee, and friendly, speedy service. Owner Brett Read came up with the idea one morning after he caught himself stopping at two different spots for one meal. “Some places had good food and bad coffee and some had great coffee but inedible food,” says Read. Confronted with this dilemma, he decided to open his own cafe.
Ritual pours New Harvest coffee and crafts breakfast sandwiches, like their signature one with bacon, egg, cheese, and a chicken cutlet on poppy kaiser. Other highlights on the menu include Blueberry and Brie Grilled Cheese, Grilled PB&J, and the reuben's cousin, Paul: “Think a traditional reuben but served on an everything bagel with an egg.” Ritual uses local ingredients and carries products from KNEAD Doughnuts, Providence Bagel, BUNS Bakery, Del's Lemonade, Granny Squibb's Iced Tea, and Yacht Club Soda. Warwick, RitualCafeRI.com
Come spring, Westminster Street will welcome a new addition to downtown’s elevated dining scene: Gift Horse. Following a New Year’s Eve a la carte dinner previewing some of the tantalizing seafood eats the restaurant has in store, Oberlin chef and owner Benjamin Sukle gears up for his new raw bar concept. Gift Horse will focus on shellfish and fresh catches from local waters – a product of the relationships Sukle has built over the years with farmers and fishermen. Armed with accolades ranging from James Beard Award nominations to making Bon Appetit's Hot Ten Best New Restaurants List, Sukle’s latest endeavor is sure to impress – but not without having a little fun, offering playful and eccentric takes on seafood.
Far from taking the back burner, Oberlin will see an exciting move this summer – from 186 Union Street to 266 Westminster Street – where expanded offerings will include lunch and brunch service, new wood-burning oven, larger footprint, and more. Longtime Oberlin general manager Bethany Caliaro will join as a partner, too, ushering in an exciting season for both restaurants. GiftHorsePVD.com
Like many in the food industry, Ashley LaPlante, co-owner of Rind Cheese Shop, made a life pivot during the pandemic. Along with partner Timothy Fichera, she decided to follow her dream of opening a cheese shop. “When the pandemic hit, we had time to reflect on what we have an unwavering passion for that could be a sustainable way of life,” explains LaPlante. “We both love finding and sharing delicious things, and cheese was, without question, at the top of that list.”
Rind Cheese Shop specializes in a curated selection of local, domestic, and international artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and other gourmet foods. “We buy from places that make exceptional products and raise happy, healthy animals. We make charcuterie and cheese platters of all sizes and offer tons of house-made and purchased accouterments.” LaPlante is excited about expanding the business. “In the new year, we’ll be getting cheese and charcuterie classes set up, making more of our own products, catering, and online ordering.” Barrington, RindCheeseShop.Com
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