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Topic: Thayer Street

The eye-glass chain Warby Parker opened its first Rhode Island location on Thayer Street this October.

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Eyewear chain Warby Parker opens on Thayer Street

November 8, 2020 0 comments

Eye-glass chain Warby Parker opened their first Rhode Island store on College Hill at the end of October. The Providence location, one of the company’s over 100 brick-and-mortar retail shops, sits at the corner of Thayer and Meeting Street.  

Chinatown’s owners have acquired the storefront formerly home to Durk’s Bar-B-Q. In addition to expanding the physical space, Chinatown also plans on expanding its menu to include sushi and rice bowls.

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Chinatown and Metro Mart expand amid pandemic financial troubles

October 22, 2020 0 comments

Despite financial difficulties stemming from the pandemic, two businesses on Thayer Street are expanding their physical spaces.  Chinatown on Thayer and Metro Mart, located at 277 Thayer St. and 221 Thayer St., respectively, have both leased the storefronts adjacent to them and are expanding their businesses.

Avon Cinema resumes showings after ‘brief intermission’

Arts & Culture

Avon Cinema resumes showings after ‘brief intermission’

October 22, 2020 0 comments

Since Aug. 28, film buffs have been able to return to the Avon Cinema to watch the latest motion pictures in person. The 80-year-old independent theater recently opened its doors to the public after a five-month hiatus.

Restaurants on Thayer Street have increased reliance on apps as a means of adapting to public health restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

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Faced with pandemic hurdles, restaurants on Thayer Street lean on apps

September 27, 2020 0 comments

Before the pandemic, customers in East Side Pockets watched their orders being prepared from behind a glass wall. Still, the glass could not contain the crackle of frying oil and the wafting smell of grilled meat — mouthwatering hints for hungry customers.

Thayer sees turnover as some retailers close, others open amid pandemic

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Thayer sees turnover as some retailers close, others open amid pandemic

September 8, 2020 0 comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought swift change to Thayer Street: as small retailers and restaurants struggled, some chains and franchises have opened their doors.

“There is no win-win situation,” said Raj Mahajam, manager of Kabob and Curry. “We are just keeping (the restaurant) open because we want to do something for the customers.”

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On Thayer Street, businesses that stay open watch sales plummet, cut jobs

April 20, 2020 0 comments

Earlier this semester, a Monday afternoon on Thayer Street would mean students filling the windows of Blue State and Ceremony Tea, with lines stretching along the counters of Bajas or East Side Pockets. Now, the street is nearly deserted. 

Douglas ’20: Thayer Street is struggling. Help before it’s too late.

Columns, Opinions

Douglas ’20: Thayer Street is struggling. Help before it’s too late.

April 9, 2020 3 comments

When I first returned to Brown last summer after a several-month break from College Hill, I didn’t first stop at the Main Green, Faunce House or my friend’s off-campus house — I made a beeline for the steak nachos at Baja’s.

Durk’s Bar-B-Q will move to downtown Providence in the spring, with the hopes of opening their doors again before commencement.

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Durk’s moves away from College Hill

February 4, 2020 1 comment

Thayer Street restaurant Durk’s Bar-B-Q closed its doors on Dec. 22, marking the end of the establishment’s three-year run on College Hill.

Ceremony tea shop opened on Thayer Street Dec. 13th. It is owned by Michelle Cheng, who also owns Leafy Green tea company.


New tea shop sources local produce and customers

January 21, 2020 Comments are Disabled

Despite the challenges of seasonal student presence on Thayer Street, the crowd of customers shows that Ceremony finds business steadily growing.

Over the past decade, Thayer Street has evolved from an eclectic shopping district to a restaurant and chain-filled strip.

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The changing faces of Thayer Street: Local shops struggle to stay afloat

December 6, 2019 9 comments

Lois Hollingsworth owned Zuzu’s Petals, a dress boutique on Thayer Street, for 24 years. But in 2015, she chose to shutter her store because of what she described as a drastic change in Thayer’s character.