Food News

May 2023


Meal prep biz opens brick-and-mortar retail in Pawtucket

Known for delivering wholesome, chef-prepared meals to your doorstep, Feast & Fettle recently opened its first retail destination, Neighborhood Fridge, located at Blackstone Place Plaza, at the intersection of Providence’s East Side and Oak Hill. Stocked with ready-to-go dinner, lunch, and breakfast items, plus local products and wine, the shelves are refreshed weekly to ensure customers always have new and exciting options to choose from. All of the food will be prepared in Feast & Fettle’s East Bay commissary kitchen.

“We’re always looking for new and improved concepts that allow the community to experience Feast & Fettle,” says director of new concepts, Becca Brady, who has led the expansion into retail. “Our Neighborhood Fridge is perfect for those who need a last-minute meal or prefer to stop in and pick up a quick item on the go.” Feast & Fettle is committed to supporting both the local communities they operate in and global causes, contributing $1 of every order to Edesia Nutrition to help battle malnourishment in children worldwide. Pawtucket,


From food truck to South County storefront

Like many new food ventures, Purslane in downtown Wakefield is a product of the pandemic. Owners Matthew Brown and Freida Sahady are best known for their food truck ButterHead, which began serving customers in 2021. “We never intended on running a food truck,” the couple shares. “We saw an advertisement for the truck when COVID-19 was new and we thought ‘why not?’ It seemed less risky than a restaurant and a good jumping off point for us. A restaurant or storefront was always our real vision and intention. We’ve both been in the industry for such a long time we felt it was time to make something our own.”

Brown and Sahady look forward to serving small bites with a focus on seafood and local ingredients. “Our little sister ButterHead will be nearby cooking up those classics we’ve all come to love. Food from the truck will be available for eat in or take out on site at Purslane.” That means menu items might include kimchi hot dogs, roast pork, or sourdough grilled cheese. Wakefield,


Beloved bakeshop returns to Warren’s Water Street

A major player on the Warren dining scene is expanding this June. Known for casual indoor and outdoor dining, Bywater is re-launching their bakeshop – originally born of a pandemic pivot – at 277 Water Street just across the street from the main restaurant. “We’ll have a limited seasonal menu of breakfast and lunch items, grab-and-go items like breakfast sandwiches, that kind of thing,” says Katie Dickson, owner of Bywater. Along with an extensive selection of coffees and teas, “we’ll have a couple of breads – we specialize in a dark sticky sourdough and also some laminated European-style pastries, croissants, and our spice buns.”

“The first floor has a lot of room, so we are also going to be adding groceries and provisions,” she adds. “We’ll have some farm fresh produce and pantry gifts, lots of different things.” Look for locally sourced products including fresh coffee beans, too. Warren,


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