August 3, 2021

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McKee administration launches business assistance tool that helps those who want to open a restaurant in Rhode Island

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Governor Dan McKee, in partnership with the RI Department of Business Regulation (DBR) and Rhode Island Commerce, today announced the launch of a new website which helps users navigate how to open a new restaurant in Rhode Island.

“Small businesses and especially restaurants are not just the backbone to our economy, but important places in our community,” said Governor Dan McKee in a statement. “We know that Rhode Island small businesses have been hit very hard during this pandemic and we hope this website will help spur more businesses, more entrepreneurship, and more jobs for our state.”

The website, https://openarestaurant.commerceri.com, provides a general overview and road map of how to navigate entrance into the restaurant industry, including guiding users through obtaining necessary local and state permits and licenses. Additionally, the website also has a section which outlines the steps on how to open a mobile food establishment or food truck.

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhode Island once again broke a new record of registered businesses, with more than 10,000 new businesses registered with the Secretary of State’s office last year, an 11{de3fc13d4eb210e6ea91a63b91641ad51ecf4a1f1306988bf846a537e7024eeb} increase from 2019. The state has set a new record of business registrations every year since 2015.

“We created this to help entrepreneurs who enter the foodservice business, even if they didn’t know quite where to begin,” said DBR Director Liz Tanner in a statement. “This one-stop resources comes as a result of cross-collaboration throughout the state agencies and we are thankful for all of their participation and cooperation.”