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ANOTHER RESTAURANT FOR PAUL SHIRE Paul Shire and business partner Paul Roidoulis, who opened The ROI earlier this year, will open a second restaurant to be called The Two Pauls at 315 Waterman Avenue in East Providence. For many years, that was the site of Joseph’s Family Restaurant and most recently Vine Yard East. The space is undergoing major reconstruction with the goal being a casual neighborhood restaurant “where everyone knows your name,” according to Shire. The menu will offer very good basic food including fish and chips and chicken pot pie. The new restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, serving comfort food such as macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, and burgers as well as prime rib. Shire is promising his fans that The Two Pauls will offer great value, big portions, quick service for those on a schedule, and affordable wines at $5 a glass. The plan is to open in early to mid-October.
The Grande Brings Bites & BubblesThe Grande unveils new bar bites and sparkling sipsWHAT: The Grande, Federal Hill’s latest dining and lounge experience, is shaking up its bar scene by offering a new Bar Menu featuring six options to perfectly pair with its bubbles-by-the-glass and sparkling cocktail offerings. Executive Chef Antonio Santino Franco will now dish out a variety of French-inspired bar bites including: Romaine (grilled Romaine heart, hard-boiled Baffoni’s Poultry Farm egg, parmesan-peppercorn dressing, niçoise olives, baguette croutons – $9); Lobster Brioche (Maine lobster, herbed mayo, celery leaf, pickled red onion, English cucumber, toasted brioche bun, russet fries – $10); Flatbread (grilled flatbread, sweet onion marmalade, pulled duck confit, beet aioli, gorgonzola, baby greens – $9); Pommes Frites (hand-cut russet fries, parmesan, white truffle essence – $7); Duck Wings (crispy duck wings, chili garlic sauce, lime zest, aioli – $10); and, Kobe Burger (grilled 8oz kobe burger, house-made Boursin cheese, sliced tomato, crispy red onion, field greens, buttered brioche, russet fries – $11). To round out this perfectly French affair with some bubbles, The Grande pours a variety of craft Sparkler cocktails ($11 each) including: Lavender Fizz (Domaine Chandon Rosé, lavender syrup); Moulin Rouge (Domaine Chandon Brut, Lillet Rouge, St. Germain); London Fog (Domaine Chandon Brut, Belvedere Citrus, Earl Gray syrup); and, The Bitter Truth (Domaine Chandon Brut, blood orange puree, bitters). The Grande also offers three champagnes by the glass: Chandon Brut Classic ($10); Chandon Rosé ($11); and, Grandial Brut ($7). WHERE: The Grande • 224 Atwells Avenue • Providence, RI, 02903 WHEN: The Grande’s bar menu is available Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm – 10pm and Saturday & Sunday from 5pm – 11pm. COST: The Grande’s bar menu offers items ranging from $7 – $11. The Grande’s sparkler cocktails are available for $11 each. The Grande offers champagne by the glass ranging from $7 – $11. Jetsetter Brunching at The GrandeThe Grande unveils new brunch menu for the fall seasonWHAT: The Grande, Federal Hill’s latest dining experience, is welcoming the fall season by recalibrating its brunch menu to bring guests the best of Sunday fare. Executive Chef Antonio Santino Franco will dish out the following at The Grande’s stylish “New York City meets Paris” brunch service: French Toast (brioche bread, candied pecans, bananas, cinnamon sugar, whiskey-maple syrup – $9); Kobe Burger (grilled 8oz kobe burger, house-made Boursin cheese, sliced tomato, crispy red onion, field greens, buttered brioche, russet fries – $11); Croque Madame (traditional French street sandwich: sourdough bread layered with cured bacon, Gruyère cheese and Dijon covered Béchamel and a farm-fresh fried egg – $10); and, Eggs & Hash (poached Baffoni Farm eggs, Yukon Gold-Applewood bacon and caramelized shallot hash, sriracha hollandaise, baguette toast, arugula, frisée – $12). And because no Parisian culinary adventure is complete without a little bubbly, The Grande offers eight varieties of champagne by the bottle alongside three types of champagne by the glass. WHERE: The Grande • 224 Atwells Avenue • Providence, RI, 02903 WHEN: The Grande’s brunch service is available on Sundays from 2:00pm through 7:00pm. COST: The Grande’s brunch menu offers items ranging from $9 – $12. Champagne selections run $7 – $10 by the glass, and $100 – $900 by the bottle.