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Garden Grille in Pawtucket, RI

Buy Local RI partner • USDA Certified Organic • fair-trade

"Vegetarian For Everyone"

727 East Ave. #7
Pawtucket, RI 02860

the story behind Garden Grille

1 miles from Pawtucket, RI 02860

(401) 726-2826


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A bit about Garden Grille
Vegetarian, Vegan, Local, Kosher Certified, Organic

—Robert Yaffe, Owner

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Local Producer Profile: Garden Grille by Beth Ayer
Published: April 12, 2012

Pawtucket, RI - The Garden Grille is one of the only 100% vegetarian options in the Providence area. The diverse menu incorporates local, seasonal food, keeping the Grille tied to its earthy, community-inspired roots.

This local vegetarian staple evolved from The Golden Sheaf (opened by owner Robert Yaffe’s mother in 1971), the first large-scale, full service natural foods market and café in Rhode Island. The Grille also takes cues from the lifestyle of Robert Yaffe’s grandmother, Reggie Jaffe, who lived as a raw foods vegan committed to yoga, meditation, and raw foods until her death in 1973. Reggie spent time with Helen and Scott Nearing, a New England couple credited with helping to prompt the back-to-the-land movement in the 1960s.

The Garden Grille’s rich local and family history makes it an ideal place to enjoy farm fresh food. Much of the menu changes seasonally, showcasing local fall/winter ingredients like potatoes, squash, and onions, and a wide variety of local foods in the spring and summer (when at least 90% of the menu is local). Chef Jonathan Dille looks to uniquely New England items – like fiddleheads – for inspiration year-round.

Robert Yaffe says “buying seasonally and locally is absolutely an imperative that has become part of who we are. Not only does eating what is seasonal and local taste better, I also feel better. Eating seasonally…helps you to stay in rhythm with your environment.” Yaffe emphasizes that eating locally is also about supporting your community: “It’s a win-win-win.”

The Garden Grille serves lunch and dinner seven days a week with a (not-to-be-missed) brunch on Sundays.