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Way too many Rhode Island restaurants have closed this year

Raw Rhode Island beef wrapped in kohlrabi with crispy rye, chives, and sea rocket capers was on the menu at birch.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

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We’ve all seen how much the coronavirus has decimated the restaurant industry, and as the weather starts to turn, many experts believe things could get even worse.

The latest heartbreaker in Providence was birch, which announced Tuesday that it will close its doors next month. Sadly, it won’t be the last.

It’s difficult to compile a complete list of restaurants that have closed over the past six months, but here are some of the high-profile closures that we know about.

Bar Louie, Providence

Birch (Closing 10/19), Providence Announcement

Blackie’s, Smithfield Announcement

Bravo, Providence

Eleven Forty Nine, Warwick Announcement

Greenville Inn, Smithfield Announcement

Griswold’s Tavern, Newport Announcement

Loie Fullers, Providence

Luxe Burger, Providence

Nick’s on Westminster, Providence

Oatley’s, North Kingstown

Red Fin Crudo, Providence

Red Stripe, East Greenwich

Roma Capoccia, Providence

As you can probably imagine, this problem is hardly unique to Rhode Island. A national coalition has been created to push Congress to provide more support for restaurants, but it’s unclear whether lawmakers have the appetite to do anything.



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