Providing healthy, fresh, and delicious food is the goal at In The Pink, a new addition to the thriving Thayer Street foodie scene. Named after a phrase that means “feeling great,” it’s no wonder owner Chris Cancel’s shop, tucked in a small plaza across from the East Side bus tunnel, sees customers leaving in good spirits. “The smoothies and bowls are by far the highest selling items; people really love our iced coffee, too,” says Cancel, who expects to be brewing warmer drinks like hot chocolate and lattes as winter approaches. Menu highlights also include vegan options, oatmeal bowls, cold-pressed juice, and protein-packed treats.
“Healthy eating is especially important given some of the other options on Thayer Street,” says Cancel. “You’re going to feel a lot better when you leave. After an acai bowl, with fresh fruit toppings and chia seeds, you’ll feel cleaner, not like you need to go lay down and take a nap.” There’s space to dine in, although take-out between classes is more popular among many of In The Pink’s Brown University clientele.
One of the newest nightspots on the East Bay is Myrtle, a hip cocktail lounge and performance space located across the street from Jeff’s Pizza in East Providence. Inside the old Tool Crib building on a residential corner, Myrtle opened in September. “I’m finding most people coming in are really enjoying our cocktails, so we’re going to continue focusing on spirits,” says co-owner Natalie VanLandingham, who opened the business with her husband. “We also have a pretty large selection of domestic and craft beers and some interesting wines. It’s our mission to use as many local distillers, brewers, and distributors as possible.”
Drinks are only part of the experience at Myrtle. Beyond the traditional bar, the venue is filled with an eclectic array of vintage second-hand furniture and wall hangings. “It’s nice to know it’s actually possible for two weirdo artists with essentially no money to be able to start a business in the great Ocean State,” adds VanLandingham. East Providence, Instagram: @myrtle.rhodeisland
Galleria Dolce Café opened in July in Narragansett and aims to provide an authentic Italian experience in Mariner Square, along with contributing to South County’s local art scene. “We do traditional Neapolitan. We offer breakfast and a quick bite to eat for lunch,” says owner Sabrina Labbadia. “We also display works from local artists and most of the art on the wall space here is for sale.”
The menu includes toasts, paninis, smoothies, salads, and Italian pastries. “We serve a frittata, a 20-egg omelet with sausage, a vegetable, and potato every day. We make Italian desserts including crostata di nonna, a traditional open-faced pie with weaving on top, and fruit filling on the inside,” adds Labbadia. Guests can also enjoy biscuits prepared in house, and other baked goods from Scialo Brothers Bakery on Federal Hill. The cafe serves Italian coffees including Sicilian espresso imported from Italy and other drinks made to order. Narragansett, Instagram: @galleriadolcecafe
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