By DON FOWLER It has been over three months since I have taken the short drive from my Edgewood home down Allens Avenue to the East Side of Providence, where Joyce and I always enjoyed a movie at the Avon and dinner at one of the many restaurants along
It has been over three months since I have taken the short drive from my Edgewood home down Allens Avenue to the East Side of Providence, where Joyce and I always enjoyed a movie at the Avon and dinner at one of the many restaurants along Thayer Street.
The Avon marquee tells us that “We’ll be back after a brief intermission,” and we can’t wait.
The good news is that just about every eating establishment is open for some combination of take-out, delivery and outdoor or indoor dining.
I picked up Joyce’s favorite shrimp tacos at Caliente’s, which was doing a brisk business. Folks were eating inside at Kabob and Curry, and inside and outside across the street at Andrea’s.
While the restaurants were eagerly awaiting a decision on returning students at Brown and RISD, they were at least attracting customers … and there were parking spaces available.
I drove over to the new bridge spanning the river and strolled across and back, watching the many kayaks and other water vessels, ducks, strollers, a Del’s vendor, and couples sitting on the benches, stopping to chat with two friendly Providence policemen who were enjoying the good weather and peaceful atmosphere.
It was an early Sunday evening. The protesters had gone home, the streets were quiet, and most of the broken windows had been replaced on Westminster Street.
Many restaurants were open and following the social distancing rules. A couple of the alleyways were filled with tables, occupied with a young crowd who appeared to be having a good time.
Things will not be the same for Downtown, with the Dunk, Trinity, PPAC and other smaller venues shut down, but it was good to see the city was still there – and long for the day it returns to its glory.