The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
Leather sofas sit across from a large wooden bar, whose polished surface reflects the flashing lights of flat-screen TVs overhead. The casual, yet elegant, atmosphere of Corrine’s dining room mirrors the distinctively American sensibilities that inform the restaurant’s menu. Chefs pluck their culinary inspirations from regions as diverse as the North East and the Deep South, arriving at a selection that includes rotisserie chicken, bourbon-glazed tips, and seared fillets of Atlantic fish. Though far-flung in origin, these dishes have at least one thing in common: each pairs nicely with a beer or cocktail poured by the barkeeper.
Corrine’s isn’t just known for its food, though. Three banquet spaces, including a grand ballroom, host private events seven nights a week that range from casual cocktail parties to wedding receptions for up to 300 guests. Back in the dining room, live entertainment takes place nearly every night a week; the schedule features everything from DJ-hosted ladies’ dance parties to cover bands and Dad playing his favorite Grateful Dead songs with a borrowed guitar.
Starting Friday, October 5 at 6 p.m. and running through Monday, October 8, O Fest RI, spearheaded by Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub, celebrates autumn with beer, live music, and general merriment. The festival features fall-themed libations from as far away as Germany itself—with Oktoberfest brews from Spaten, Hofbrau, and Paulaner—and those from closer to home from brewers such as Harpoon, Sam Adams, and Shipyard. In addition, the festival will feature a lineup of musical acts, including What Matters and Those Guys.
Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub, whose whopping 82 taps helped earn it an award for Best Bar and Beer Selection in The Phoenix's Best of Providence 2011, will anchor the celebration from their dark-wood bar. The bar itself serves a host of culinary treats from Prince Edward Island mussels in zesty zuppa sauce to blackened jerk salmon. An outdoor patio plays host to al fresco dining and lassoing the moon to impress dates.
Amid the cheerful orange walls of Extreme Clean Laundry, rows upon rows of advanced, stainless-steel washers and dryers bustle and hum while cleansing vestments. Four jumbo washers scrub loads of up to 60 pounds within 12 minutes, and the massive dryers can tackle up to 75 pounds at a time. A rechargeable-swipe-card system eliminates the need to use up quarters or valuable antique doubloons and three flat-screen televisions tower over the expansive seating area where video games and vending machines abound.
In addition to self-service laundry, Extreme Clean Laundry lets customers drop off their soiled duds. Armed with quality detergents and softeners, staff members meticulously wash, dry, and fold each item, matching socks, spot-checking for stains, and combing through gorilla suits to remove banana remnants.
Within Athletes Equation’s newly expanded 5,000 square feet of training space, the gym’s certified fitness team guides members through the exercises and cardio training needed to boost both muscle tone and overall health. Members can go at their own pace on any of the hand-picked weight equipment or partake in one of the gym’s boot camps and training sessions to get in shape for an upcoming marathon or the eventual day a tractor tire gets stuck in your yard.
Although the fresh, hearty dishes at Pamfilio's Ristorante are undoubtedly Italian, the chefs enjoy infusing them with a little local flavor. For instance, they dot the signature cheese blend on their pizza with local sweet corn, and sautee Narragansett littlenecks in a garlic and onion sauce. Even chicken parmesan gets a hometown update thanks to a house-made pomodoro sauce and a road map of Providence instead of a napkin. Customers feast on these dishes in the casual dining room, which also has a deli that serves wraps and grinders made with freshly baked sub rolls or focaccia bread.
Pauly Penta's Gourmet Italian Deli feeds hordes of hungry houseguests with a fresh menu of soups, sandwiches, grilled specialties, and bakery items forged with signature ingredient combinations and filler-free meats. Chefs adorn individual meals, party platters, and public sculptures with Boar's Head deli meats and natural, additive-free flavor. Italian-style cold-cut platters ($70) provide 15–20 couch referees with artfully arranged game-day fuel, and 12-inch stuffed calzones keep cheese hidden in warm, flaky crust ($40+). Chicken parmesan ($65) and baked penne ($50) simmer in 13"x9" entree platters, and stuffed mushrooms ($18.50/dozen) help to keep stomachs from interrupting broadcasts.