The East Side “Bubble of Happy”

IMG_0942It’s summertime and the living is juicy. That would be the theme at the laid-back Benefit Juice Bar & Café, an artsy Benefit Street spot in the cozy confines of Providence’s academic hub.

“It’s like being in the East Side bubble of happy,” says Peter Cronin, who with wife, Pamela, opened the place in November 2013 and have done great business since, drawing area residents along with professors and students from nearby Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. “There’s a lot of positive energy in this area.”IMG_0939

It’s a small place with Euro bistro feel, local art on the walls, an antique Westinghouse refrigerator holding soda and water, and the Cronins’ own endless bubble of happy that embraces anyone walking in. They are, quite simply, two of the nicest people you will ever meet.

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Fare is healthy, with things like the “Benefit Baguette,” a sandwich of fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives and arugula, and colorful concoctions like the “Green Powerhouse” smoothie, a blend of kale, banana, pineapple and chia seeds, all of it the culinary brainchild of Pamela Cronin.IMG_0940

And all with a great vibe, Peter Cronin says.

“I’ve never seen a place where people who don’t know each other come in and talk,” he smiles. “Everyone’s in a great mood.”

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