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The North Providence Breeze 12-12-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 12-18, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 13 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Some residents and property owners along Smith Street say they're opposed to adding another bar to what's already a dangerous inter- section for traffic. Though few turned out on Dec. 4 to speak against the proposal from Joseph Arroyo to establish the Duke's Bar and Grill in the for- mer Simply Seasonal store at 1839 Smith St., the testimony presented had Arroyo responding that he may try to seek a new location. Ruth Riccitelli, owner of proper- ties surrounding the proposed bar, said she can't see how another such establishment can be accommo- dated in the area. She said she was approached about a parking agree- ment with the business, but said she simply can't accommodate it with a doctor's office next door holding office hours morning, afternoon and evening. "I don't know how I would pro- tect my parking lot where the doc- tor's office is," she said, adding that she would risk having the tenant move out. "I don't want any of this." Riccitelli said she's invested some $1 million into property in North Providence, paying more than $40,000 each year in taxes. With Camp Nowhere across the street and Sorrento's nearby, this would be three bars within 200 feet, she said, adding that she already hears plenty of yelling at night from exist- ing establishments. "I totally am against this (bar) going into this property," she told the council. Arroyo said he understands the concerns of Riccitelli and others, and said the last thing he wants to do is be a bad neighbor. "I want to respect their concerns," he said. Arroyo said he's a longtime resi- dent himself, with a passion for the food industry, and would be open to trying to find another location if that's what's deemed best. He said he is hopeful that the various parties involved can come to some sort of agreement to make this spot work, but acknowledged parking concerns. The Town Council continued the Dec. 4 hearing on liquor, victual- ing and entertainment licenses for Duke's until its meeting on Jan. 8. Council President Dino Autiello said the council would be willing to schedule a meeting earlier if an agreement is reached. Duke's Bar and Grill would be open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days each week, Arroyo told the council. He envisions a western theme to go along with the current look of the building. There would be a smaller kitchen with convection oven and induction burners, with no need for a hood system because there would be no grease vapors. Entertainment would mainly be from a juke box, he said. He said park- ing is the biggest challenge. There are 14 spots on the property, as well as on-street parking. He said he spoke to a couple of neighbors, including Camp Nowhere, and is confident of reaching an agreement to share parking lots for valet service. Arroyo said he's been in the restaurant business for more than 25 years, working in multiple Providence establishments. He works in real estate during the day, he said, but he has a "passion for food and beverage." Joe Riccitelli, who works at the North Providence Mancini Center across the street from the location (no relation to Ruth), asked what the occupancy of the restaurant would be, and was told between 60 and 80 patrons. Anthony Andreozzi, of 9 Progress Ave. near the proposed bar and restaurant, said there are already parking issues in the neighborhood. It's sometimes difficult to get by if someone is parked on the side streets, he said. Andreozzi said there was a parking issue when the fruit stand operated at 1839 Smith St., and the seasonal Cool Licks Ice Cream nearby makes the traffic situation worse during the warmer months. Town officials have repeatedly worked with state officials to try to address traffic issues in this area of Smith Street, with the awkward intersection being blamed for numerous accidents over the years. Andreozzi said adding another bar would create a "detrimental" impact on the entire neighborhood. Also at the Dec. 4 meeting, the council said farewell to three outgo- ing members, Stephen Feola, Alice Brady and Ray DeStefanis. Feola and Brady are stepping away from their duties, while DeStefanis was defeated in the fall election and has pledged to attempt a comeback in two years. Autiello said it's been an honor to serve with all three outgoing members, calling them "tireless advocates for your constituents" and saying he's learned a lot from them. He added that he feels he's developed lifelong friends, working together to usher in "a new era of ethics, honesty and respect" in the town. Autiello said he'll forever be grateful for what this group accom- plished, making tough decisions and seeing them pay off. He specifically noted the work by DeStefanis on the finance subcom- mittee and his efforts to free up the town's $60 million in Google winnings, Brady's keen attention to all of her constituents' issues when they call, and Feola's dedication to addressing neighborhood concerns, saying it's been an "absolute plea- sure" working with all of them. Neighbors say they don't want another bar on Smith Street By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor AUTIELLO Valley Breeze offices to close for Christmas & New Year's holidays CHRISTMAS DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, December 24 & 25, 2018 for the Christmas holiday. The news and display advertising deadline will move forward to Wednesday, December 19th at 3 p.m. for the Dec. 26th/27th editions. The classified line advertising deadline will move to Thursday, December 20th at Noon. NEW YEAR'S DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be closed on Tuesday, Janu- ary 1, 2019 in observance of New Year's Day. The news and display advertising deadline will move forward to Thursday, December 27th at 3 p.m. for the Jan. 2nd/3rd editions. The classified line advertising deadline will move to Friday, December 28th at Noon.

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