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Providence Place @ One Providence Place

Address: 
One Providence Place
02903 Providence , RI
United States
(401) 270-1000
Toilet Paper: 
Somewhat well-stocked.
Neighborhood: 
Downtown
Venue Category: 
Shopping Centers

The Scrawl on the Wall

Wed. Jan. 29 2014

At times the food court at the Providence Place shopping mall resembles the vegetable markets on the streets in Addis Ababa – teeming with people with no apparent place to go and no compelling reason for being there except to make locomotion impossible for you.

At other times the court is so empty that you think that the Ebola virus has stopped in for an impromptu visit to sample the free General Tso chicken that they give out on toothpicks.

You can get any kind of junk food (curiously, except McDonald’s) that you want here, from Johnny Rockets to Popeye Chicken. As long as you’re comfortable navigating through the sea of humanity on busy days, which is basically any Friday, Saturday or Sunday, or any day between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

And if/when you feel the urge to relieve yourself, there is a bathroom at the far left corner (about 11 o’clock if you are standing near the main entrance and looking directly at the staircase leading to the movie theatre.

You have to head down a few corridors to get to the bathrooms (men’s room on the right), and the folks hanging out there can be a little sketchy (would it kill security to clean out the area every now and then?).

But the rest room itself is kept clean, and with 6 urinals and 5 stalls, there is rarely a wait. All the toilets seem in working order, and there are three wash basins which also are clean and functional. (The water in the one I used was cold, however, but I really wasn’t too keen on lingering, so I let it go.) No towels – they have several of those Dyson Airblades which blow your hands dry. BTW, those suckers retail for about $1200.

Note: The Providence Mall is several stories high and there are a few other bathrooms. Best to use them if you are shopping, but the food court head is fine if you’re chowing down.

Circlingthedrain Male, 68 years old.
Providence, Rhode Island
On January 30, 2014, 12:41 pm
What I Did in Here: 30-second spray