Pawtuxet Village restaurants deal with storm damage

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE): Restaurant owners in Rhode Island are already fighting an uphill battle with the pandemic. Now, a few owners in Pawtuxet Village are forced to start over yet again after damage from Wednesday morning’s storm.

“Thee planters smashed, and all three of the 20 by 20 tends we purchased are gone,” Kristy Knoedler, owner of Fellini Pizza said.

Fellini Pizzeria, Bagel Express, and Revolution American Bistro turned their parking lot into an outdoor dining space.

On Wednesday morning, the area was almost unrecognizable.

“It was a total disaster,” Knoedler said.

Knoedler said she was forced to close her Cranston location for two months and they were just starting to get back on their feet.

“We were able to get through then things like this happen,” Knoedler said. “No one was hurt just we will have to start over again.”

Before 7 a.m., Knoedler said the community and business owners came together to clean the damage.

“This morning I woke up and I was angry, like what next? and then once I got there and I saw everyone was working together,”
Knoedler said. “This is just what we do.

After all, it wouldn’t be the first time these restaurants were forced to start from scratch.

“It happened for a reason and we are just going to get back on our feet and start again,” Knoedler said.

Knoedler applied for a $15,000 grand through the state’s “Take It Outside R.I.” grant. She said if they are approved it will help out tremendously. Governor Raimondo said some restaurant owners will find out as early as tomorrow.

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