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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-24-2019

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10 BUSINESS / PAWTUCKET APRIL 24-30, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION ADAM BATCHELDER says he loves cooking up and smoking meats to serve patrons from his Smoke & Squeal food truck. He's expanding to a physical loca- tion up the road from The Guild, where he's sold food at events. explode, allowing him to dream up new ways to expand. In two weeks, Batchelder, of Millville, Mass., plans to open a phys- ical restaurant space, Smoke & Squeal Barbecue, in the up-and-coming Creative Commerce Center at 881 Main St., the former Vitrus Building owned by Wayne Rosenberg. Batchelder started his Smoke & Squeal Barbecue food truck in 2017 with 20 pounds of mac and cheese per week to go with the meat. Those 20 pounds quickly ballooned to 200 pounds. Batchelder realized he need- ed places to cook all that food, and he began working with local commis- saries to produce the food needed, but it wasn't working well enough. That commissary, which will push food to a truck and new barbecue trailer, will now be located at 881 Main St., and Batchelder is also add- ing a retail location inside where cus- tomers can order fast food. In addi- tion to the basics, there will be cold sandwiches and paninis made with the smoked meats. On May 10, from 4 to 8 p.m., Batchelder is planning a grand open- ing of the new location, including musical entertainment and some free food. The expanding Creative Commerce Center, where Rosenberg continues to add new tenants after purchasing the old manufacturing building in late 2016, is located just up the road from the increasingly busy Hope Artiste Mill complex at 1005 Main St. In the other direction, it is located less than one mile from The Guild, an expand- ing brewing complex. Rosenberg told The Breeze in January that all office space was accounted for, with new tenants including a translator, notary public, artist group/creative thinking social club, a kickboxer and cocoa packag- er. Batchelder said photographers are also setting up shop in the complex, all helping to create a good mix of tenants. The food truck owner said he loves doing business in Pawtucket. Despite the larger headlines about companies leaving, he said, there are a lot of good things happening here and plenty of potential for the city to come back from recent hits. "It's a resilient group of people," he said. "You'll see something new come to that stadium site." The Exit 26 Cafe previously occu- pied the space Smoke & Squeal is going into. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Batchelder served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in motor transportation, achieving the rank of corporal before his discharge. During his reserve service he was also enrolled at Johnson & Wales University, earning his bachelor's degree in culinary arts in 2006. Since that time he has become an accomplished executive chef, culinary instructor and food service director for a major company. Batchelder said he made signifi- cant investments in new equipment as part of his concept to create a "neat little concept" combination of barbecue restaurant and deli in Pawtucket, complete with meats and pre-made southern side dishes. Working with Rosenberg, he said he's created a nice eat-in area where people can come sit down and dine in what looks like an industrial zone but is far cleaner. Batchelder is hiring four more people, one to run the commis- sary (11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday) and restaurant, two on the food trucks, and one on the trailer. He intends to expand hours during the summertime and also plans to add beer and barbecue nights on Fridays. Batchelder bills the Smoke & Squeal brand as an authentic barbe- cue experience where customers see, smell and taste the subtle smoke. "BBQ is not a new phenomenon; however, using modern smoking techniques and equipment, Smoke & Squeal takes comfort food to new heights," states the company's web- site, www.smokeandsquealbbq.com . Pulled pork and brisket is a staple on the menu, but cuts such as short ribs and pork belly are also there. BBQ From Page One SMOKE & SQUEAL BARBECUE'S new home at the Creative Commerce Center, 881 Main St. Free Get Healthy Pawtucket event is Saturday PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket School Committee and the School Department will be hosting Get Healthy Pawtucket Day 2019 this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Slater Mill courtyard on Roosevelt Avenue. "The School Committee is proud to sponsor the free annual Get Health Pawtucket Day for our students and residents," said School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau. "This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about health in a family friendly environment while having fun. We welcome all to this event as there are many activities for children of all ages and adults." Community partners will be col- laborating to showcase a number of wellness initiatives in the city. Being headed by the Pawtucket School Committee's wellness sub- committee, the event will welcome more than 35 separate stations and activities. It will consist of numerous activi- ties throughout the day for all ages including: • Pawtucket Fire Department Touch a Truck; • URI Gardeners testing garden soil (bring a sample along); • Police Department "Prescription Take Back" box and visits from the K9 officers; • Face painting by Mrs. Gamache and the Met School; • Free massages and yoga by Miladys Le Blanc; • Tinker Bell and Wendy certified therapy dogs; • Hundreds of free books from Books Are Wings; • A table from Gloria Gemma; • DJ, raffles, refreshments, free giveaways, and more. The Rhode Island Department of Health, Gloria Gemma Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Neighborhood Health Plan, Tufts Health Plan, Hope Health, and Delta Dental will all be in present to provide information to families in attendance. For more information or to par- ticipate in the event, contact Kerri Barboza at 401-729-6330 ext. 330 or barbozak@psdri.net. 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