NEW: Providence’s Temple Downtown Restaurant Closes

Thursday, December 27, 2012


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Temple Downtown had a perfect view of Rhode Island's state house, and was the center of many cultural gatherings. It closes its doors today. Photo: Temple Downtown.

The well-known Temple Downtown Restaurant, tucked below the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, has closed its doors today, according to management.

Peter Karpinski, co-founder and owner of the restaurant, has issued this open letter regarding the sudden news today.

Dear Providence Community,

As of Thursday, December 27th, 2012, due to a change of ownership / management environment outside of our control, Temple Downtown will be closed for business. We want to personally thank everyone for their support over the years. Without this loyalty we would not have been able to service downtown Providence for six memorable years.

On behalf of Temple Downtown and Sage Restaurant Group. we thank you for helping make Temple what it was, and for embracing us as the way you did. Please follow us at

Temple Downtown was part of the long-anticipated redevelopment of Providence's Masonic Temple building. The restaurant was a popular gathering spot during major event in the city, particularly Rhode Island's Film Festivals. Its presence will by sorely missed.


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