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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-30-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 SMITHFIELD 5 taurant and spending time with her grandson while his mother worked. It seemed at times like two full-time jobs, she said, though she said spend- ing time with Aiden is not real work. "We weren't going to retire this year. We thought in the near future of selling," she said. Once closed, Diane said the couple waited and waited for news from Gov. Gina Raimondo on reopening. By the time news broke that restau- rants could open at 25 percent capac- ity, they had decided to close. "My husband said, 'I kind of like not having to go into work.' We thought, how many more years are we supposed to keep working?" Diane said. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught her anything, Diane said it is to no longer take anything for granted. "We said, let's retire now and enjoy the rest of our lives," she said. Diane worked at the inn as a wait- ress before purchasing the restaurant. She and Jim met at Club 44, where he as a cook was popular among the locals and she waited tables to put herself through school at Bryant University. The couple married and soon discussed purchasing a restaurant of their own. Diane moved on from Club 44 to the Greenville Inn, closer to home with regularly scheduled hours. Diane, who also worked as a teach- er and in real estate, said she learned that the Greenville Inn, including the business and land, was for sale. Thirty days later, the couple pur- chased the restaurant in November 1997 and decided to keep the name of the 38-year-old business. "It's kind of a landmark in town," she said. Her daughters, Allison and Jacqueline, were 10 and 6 when the Belknaps bought the restaurant. They began working in the coatroom at around 12 years old and worked most positions in the restaurant until graduating from college. Allison is a lawyer and Jacqueline a CPA. Both are established in their careers. "That's why they don't want the restaurant," Diane said. The couple hopes to sell the restau- rant to the next generation of family- oriented restaurateurs to follow in their footsteps. She said she hopes to one day be a regular at whichever business ends up at the Greenville Inn, though she is hoping it's a res- taurant. Since announcing its closure on June 22, Diane said she's received an outpouring of support from the com- munity. Of the 28 years working at the inn, she said not one day felt like work. "It's like inviting everyone in your house. That's what I'm going to miss, seeing everyone and chatting with them," she said. The Valley Breeze is committed to keeping quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one- time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at Thank you as always for reading. At left, a Valley Breeze photo of the BELKNAP FAMILY 23 years ago taken when the family announced reopening the Greenville Inn under new owner- ship. At right, the Belknap family now, from left, DIANE, ALLISON, JIM and JACQUELINE. After shutting down the restaurant due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family decided it's time to retire after enjoying the past several months at home. CLOSING TIME From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD The GREENVILLE INN restaurant and property on Smith Avenue is for sale after the Belknap family decided to close for good following its closure in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. S STANLEY TREE • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby M ass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner Fully Insured Free Estimates N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 401-765-4677 Since 1986 Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization Tree Removal Tree Removal Pruning Pruning Cabling Cabling Brush Mowing Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Stump Grinding Crane Service Crane Service SERVING SMITHFIELD, GLOCESTER & SURROUNDING TOWNS 2-8 yards for Commercial Service • Dumpsters, 4-30 yds. Recycling Available • Bulk Pick Up • Curbside Trash Removal Family Owned Since 1955 508-883-2980 Mention this ad and receive $ 15 OFF Roll Off Customers Only. Not valid with other offers. Expires 8/31/2020. RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist At Hear For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 401-475-6116 Remember the Sound? Reclaim your ability to enjoy every moment with the latest virtually invisible hearing aid technology.

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