13 Restaurants That Recently Closed in RI - Natural Progression or a Trend?
Friday, December 07, 2018
Are there a few too many restaurants in the state for the one million residents, plus tourists -- or is the natural lifecycle of some restaurants?
Following Cook and Brown's announcement Thursday they are closing, GoLocal took a look at other recent departures from the culinary scene.
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Whichever it is, Rhode Island has been hit with a flurry of restaurant closures. Some closures have been chains closing numerous locations, like Papa Gino's which closed nearly 100 locations in New England, or locally-owned restaurants like Remington House in Warwick which closed after 18-years of operation.
According to the Restaurant Association of America, RI has 2,805 eating and drinking place locations in Rhode Island.
In 2017, according to the group’s most recent data, there was $2.4 billion estimated sales in Rhode Island’s restaurants.
And, more than 50,000 work in the industry in full or part-time roles.