News Bites: Knead Doughnuts “Night Cruller” / Loyal 9 Expanding Reach / Bar ‘Cino Extends Hours

by David Dadekian

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Hot Donuts A Rising Success At Knead Doughnuts “Night Cruller” Window

Knead Doughnuts

If a hot donut doesn’t blow your mind, we don’t know what will. Donut fans have been crowding Knead Doughnuts’ “Night Cruller” window at 55 Cromwell Street in Providence to satisfy their craving for hot, freshly glazed donuts. The made-to-order window pops opens every Friday night from 6-9 p.m. and at least one fan reports his mind was blown. But don’t take our word for it.

On Instagram, @thegratefulbanana posted: “Guys. Way to GO! That was literally the best knead doughnut I’ve ever had – incredible!” And @xjacquileex said: “Yes! I ate 2 that night #noregrets.” And @beth__hart posted “GUYS, that warm chocolate cake doughnut was AMAZING! Now I only want my Knead doughnuts warm.”

The Night Cruller is steps away from Far West Bar and Long Live Beerworks, with sandwiches and more provided by Solid Gold Provisions, so fans can grab dinner and sip craft beer while they get their donut fix.

“We love opening up our production space and sharing the hot donuts that previously only we got to enjoy,” said Adam Lastrina, co-owner of Knead Doughnuts. “There’s nothing quite like eating a hot donut. Try one, it will make your night!”

Street parking is available on Cromwell and Sprague Streets. Follow signs through the courtyard. Knead’s Night Cruller window has sold out, so don’t wait too long to show up and order your own hot donut, made just for you.

Loyal 9 Cocktails Expands Distribution To New Hampshire and Maine

Loyal 9 Cocktails Currently Available In Over 1,300 Locations

Loyal 9 Cocktails: Loyal 9 Lemonade, Loyal 9 Half & Half and Loyal 9 Mixed Berry Lemonade

Loyal 9 Cocktails recently announced that their Loyal Lemonade and Loyal Half & Half are now available in New Hampshire and Maine after having great success in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

“We are thrilled to bring Loyal 9 Cocktails to more thirsty New Englanders,” said Mike Reppucci, president and founder of Loyal 9 Cocktails. “We’ve been experiencing unbelievable demand for the cocktails and we’re psyched to expand distribution for the peak of summer.”

The vodka-based craft cocktails are canned at 9% alcohol by volume, opposed to the typical 5%. The four core flavors – Loyal Lemonade, Loyal Half & Half, Loyal Mixed Berry Lemonade, and Loyal Sangria Cocktail are all gluten-free and produced with real fruit. Only the Lemonade and Half & Half will be distributed to NH and ME to start.

“We’re literally peeling thousands of lemons for these cocktails,” said head distiller Chris Guillette. “Using real fruit definitely makes a difference. We focused on making the cocktails balanced, extremely refreshing and very drinkable.” At 9% alcohol by volume, Loyal 9 Cocktails have set themselves apart from a majority of the ready-to-drink (RTD) market that are primarily 5% and sparkling.

The sleek, 12-ounce cans are sold in 4-packs for $11.99 and are available in over 1,300 locations. Customers can use the product locator on their website to find the closest availability:

Bar ‘Cino Now Open for Lunch and Late Night

Bar ‘Cino

Bar ‘Cino, located at 22 Washington Square in Newport, RI is now open for lunch and has rolled out a new late-night menu.  Bar ‘Cino’s full menu will be available Monday – Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the late-night menu will be offered Sunday – Thursday until 11:00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday until 12:00 a.m.  For more information or to view the menu, visit   

Conveniently located in the heart of historic Washington Square, Bar ‘Cino offers patrons a casual and authentic Italian bar experience, focused on a playful beverage program of wines and inspired cocktails complemented by a menu of simple, flavor-filled foods inspired by Italian countryside cooking; highlighting fresh vegetables, seafood, cheeses and local ingredients. The 60-seat full-service restaurant features a selection of little plates, bruschetta, grilled pizza, salads, panini and entrees, as well as a complete cocktail menu. 

Bar ‘Cino’s new late-night menu features an array of specially-priced grilled pizzas, as well as salads, bruschetta, panini and desserts.  Grilled Pizzas are $10 and include oven-roasted Chicken with arugula, chicory and parmesan; Margherita pomodoro with fontina, parmesan, EVOO and basil; Prosciutto with fig, arugula, fontina and gorgonzola; and Roasted Rhode Island Mushrooms, charred radicchio, fontina, parmesan, EVOO, saba, and fresh herbs. 

Salads include Arugula with marinated cannellini beans, chicory, parmesan, and lemon vinaigrette; Tuscan Kale with a sundried tomato vinaigrette, avocado, pine nuts and parmesan; Italian Farro and Grilled Vegetables with tomato, feta, pistachios and citrus vinaigrette; Romaine and Kale with parmesan, anchovies, lemon and crushed croutons; and Simple Greens with EVOO, lemon, mint and parsley. Chicken, shrimp, salmon or tuna conserva can be added to each salad. 

Share Plates feature Potato Chips with parmesan black pepper, parsley, and garlic aioli; Warm Marinated Olives with rosemary, garlic, and orange zest; and Antipasti with prosciutto, EVOO poached tuna, marinated white beans, parmesan, olives, grilled bread, and fig jam. 

Bruschettas feature EVOO Poached Tuna with Castelvetrano olives, and celery leaf; Prosciutto with fig, and goat cheese; and EVOO-roasted Tomato, mozzarella, saba, and sea salt. Panini selections include oven-roasted Chicken with arugula, chicory, and parmesan; roasted Rhode Island Mushrooms with fresh herbs, fontina, and saba; and EVOO Poached Tuna with cannellini beans, kale and romaine. 

Dolce feature Pistachio Ricotta-Cream Layer CakeTiramisuMolten Chocolate-Nutella SouffleLimoncello-Mascarpone Cake; and a selection of gelato. 

In addition to a playful wine list of more than 45 carefully-curated labels and a beer list that includes local and regional bottles, draughts and 25 oz ‘share beers,’ Bar ‘Cino features an array of hand-crafted cocktails including Shadilady featuring mezcal, Aperol, and lime with a tajin rim; Pirate’s Last Dance with Newport Craft Distillers’ Thomas Tew Rum, Bacardi, Gosling’s Coconut, grapefruit and honey; Arnaldo Palmer with chamomile and honey-infused grappa, house lemonade and iced tea; Ciao Bella with Tito’s vodka, Malfy Italian gin, Contratto Bianco, vermouth and fresh and toasted herbs; and Tempo Triplo with Contratto Americano, Bianco and Rosso vermouth with orange bitters, to name a few.

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