KITCHEN & BAR
Located in North Providence, The Neighbor's Kitchen & Bar (formerly Parma Bar & Grille) stepped up to reach members in their community battling food insecurity.
While the co-owners have been operating throughout state-mandated restrictions, they have had to significantly reduce their staff size and have been working hard to figure out a way to get their team back to work.
THIRSTY BEAVER PUB (CRANSTON)
Located in Cranston, Thirsty Beaver Pub is the latest RI restaurant stepping up to give back to their community.
While it has been challenging to navigate the new protocols and make sure the teams are staying safe, it hasn't stopped them from putting their best foot forward and providing great food to their customers.
Located in Warwick, Iggy's joins the fight to tackle food insecurity in RI.
“If it were not for our dedicated staff, we would not have made it through this pandemic. They worked tirelessly to uphold Iggy's standards while also keeping themselves, and our guests safe.” When its full-service restaurant closed down for two and a half months, Iggy’s reallocated most staff positions to its two Chowder House locations (Warwick and Narragansett). Thankfully, these two locations continued to stay open throughout the pandemic but the team had to reinvent their brand and shift focus on new ways to serve their community.
Located in West Warwick, Gel's Kitchen is no stranger to reaching deep within the community to ensure its neighbors are taken care of. But when indoor dining closed on March 17, 2021, sales dropped by 70% and a breakfast place wasn't positioned well for take-out.
That's when owner, Angelica, expanded her hours, changed her menu, began offering re-heatable meals at lunch prices, started selling her home baked goods, AND turned her dining room into a workspace to make t-shirts that she would also sell to help supplement the lost revenue until she was able to reopen her doors.
What makes RI restaurants so special is the leadership and creativity of their teams. Hear from the chefs and proprietors from our participating restaurants about the importance of giving back to their communities.
Every week, we look forward to the opportunity to cook for the people who need the food, not just want the food. There’s somebody else out there that’s thinking about them. Caring for them. It’s been eye-opening to see how many people have been pouring into this program (Plates With Purpose) to donate. I know I have people sitting at home that get to enjoy the meals that we are creating here, off the greatness of the people in the town and the community that we serve.
It has been a challenge to navigate around new protocols and make sure the teams are staying as safe as possible. This has become second nature and we are excited each day to provide great food to the community. We find that business changes on a weekly basis, but it has not stopped us from putting our best foot forward. We will continue to work with the local Department of Health to follow rules and regulations and keep providing a fun experience for our guests.
For me, cooking is a way of life. Food is a love language. I grew up in the restaurant industry and have always been surrounded by my family, friends and coworkers, who then become your family. Feeding people the best quality food is something I've always been passionate about and when I have free time, one of my favorite things to do is go out and enjoy a great meal with loved ones at other locally owned businesses throughout Rhode Island. Community involvement has been, and always will be, crucial to the success of Iggy's brand. Many years ago, when we first opened Iggy's, it was the Oakland Beach community who was so supportive of our small, family owned business. For that we will be forever grateful and indebted to them. It is with great pleasure to have the opportunity to serve and give back to this amazing community that has always been so good to myself and my family.
When I bought my business in 2011, there wasn't much coming in - we brought in an average of $50 a day. But it had been a dream of mine to own my own diner and, as scared and overworked as I was, I poured everything I had into keeping that dream alive. I love what I have created, I love my community, I love the loyalty of my customers, I love what I do, and I will continue to find ways to do what I can, when I can to give back to the community that has been such an important part of my journey - and who has been there for me during the best and worst of times.
It's because of my business that I was able to meet different people who helped to get me involved and find ways to give back in any way I could, even if it was just donating my time.
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