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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-14-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE EDWARD BRADY, who owns the Thirsty Beaver, said he is prepared to hit the state regulated maximum of 20 tables for outdoor dining at his restaurants to open to guests by reservation on May 18. SMITHFIELD – Town officials are working with local restaurants on a case-by-case basis to ease restrictions as Gov. Gina Raimondo gives the green light for reopen- ing eateries to outdoor dining next Monday, May 18. Town Council President Suzy Alba said the town is working to ease zoning restrictions that allow restaurants to serve food and alco- hol outdoors. She said each restau- rant will be looked at individually to see if outdoor dining is feasible. "Everyone is so unique, we're going to have a unique set of issues with each case," Alba said. "We're going to have to as a town relax some of those to support busi- ness in our town," Alba added. Edward Brady, owner of the Thirsty Beaver at 45 Cedar Swamp Road, said his staff is ready to open and is willing to take all safety pre- cautions in doing so. He's begun reaching out to staff members to hire back servers, he said, focusing on full-time employees who rely on the Thirsty Beaver as a sole income. In total, Brady, who owns multiple locations of the Thirsty Beaver, said he laid off more than 120 employees across the state. Everyone he reached out to about returning to work is on board, he said. "Eventually, as we expand opera- tions, we can hopefully hire back the entire staff," he said. The Thirsty Beaver will use exist- Towns easing restrictions to support local restaurants By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer ing patio space and some area of the parking lot to reach the 20-table maximum allowed by the state. While the restaurant is still working on hours of operation, Brady said he does not anticipate using tents to pro- tect from the weather. "So, weather permitting, we'll be open," he said. Brady said cook staff remained busy through closure due to the gen- erosity of the community. Thirsty Beaver received donations that allowed the restaurant to provide approximately 10,000 meals to nurses and health care workers. Another donation provided 500 meals to mothers on Mother's Day. Town Manager Randy Rossi said the town is working closely with See DINING, Page 4 SMITHFIELD – The Town Council approved a mobile food truck license for Rhode Island Kona Ice, the shaved iced beverage vendor, during its May 5 meeting. Council President Suzy Alba looked into the state's regulations on food trucks during the pandemic to discov- er that the state has begun working on safety measures for food trucks and events. "I imagine they could do very well this summer. We may see an influx of people wanting to operate their food trucks," Alba said. Alba and others say Kona Ice may be the first of many applicants as a new ordinance change requires food trucks to register with the state instead of Smithfield, and to receive a license or permit from each town it oper- ates in, according to Town Manager Randy Rossi. As of last year, the town restricted food truck peddler's licenses to trucks originating in Smithfield. Now, if a food truck wishes to operate in Smithfield, it must pay a $75 annual fee unless under an established res- taurant. Then the fee is lowered to $50 a year. "So, the new process for mobile food vendors is a mobile food license from the town and registration from Smithfield expects more food trucks, despite overall downturn By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See FOOD TRUCKS, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MAY 14-20, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 480-8282 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country CUMBERLAND: MILLERS BROOK ESTATES! Custom built brick front, 3 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial, main level office, hard- wood floors, beautiful open staircase, formal dining and living rooms, large granite eat-in-kitchen w/stainless steel applianc- es, family room with gas fireplace, master bedroom with walk in closet and bath, central vac, a/c, alarm, sprinkler system. Private rear yard with 15 X 30 above ground pool. Easy access to highways, MA line, shopping. $529,900 NEW LISTING Your One Stop Source for: HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE Smithfield • Bellingham locations only. NOW THROUGH MAY 30, 2020 WE'RE OPEN! 375 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, RI 401-757-6872 421 Polaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA 774-460-6084 RETAIL HELP WANTED •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products SAVORING SPRING AT HOME INSIDE pring in he V alley

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