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Where there’s a smoker, there’s barbecue at Blackstone firehouse-turned-restaurant

August 31, 2013

BLACKSTONE – Steven J. Seagrave of North Smithfield has worked in the high-tech industry and managed a major construction project, but these days it’s the Firehouse Tavern and Smokehouse, 200 Main St., that has most of his attention.

Seagrave has owned the Broad Street Tap in Cumberland for five years and decided to try his hand a running a full-menu sports pub by taking on renovation of the former Station House and Archie’s Firehouse business in the town’s original firehouse building off Main Street.

Supplemental tax rolls in ahead of schedule

August 31, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Even though a taxpayers group has challenged the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, collections of the one-time tax are filling city coffers at roughly the pace officials always expected, if not a little better.

Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce said that at the close of business on Thursday, the due date for the bill, the city had taken in at least $1.25 million.

Gator’s Pub continues to serve beach volleyball to Blackstone Valley

August 31, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — When Dave Houle returned from a vacation to Florida's East Coast back in the fall of 1990, he greeted fellow Gator's Pub co-owner Tom McGee with what he deemed a “fantastic idea” to bolster interest in their new venture.
“He had watched some beach volleyball down there outside a restaurant, and he thought it'd be great to start one of our own,” McGee explained recently of his former partner's notion. “He just raved about it. What sold us was there was nothing like it in our area at the time. We were out here in the boonies, and we needed to put ourselves on the map.”

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