Kerrie Lanoie, Sonoma Bistro and WineBar

Kerrie LanoieNo stranger to the service industry, Kerrie Lanoie has established a successful career working in restaurants and event planning, consistently exceeding the expectations of those around her. Kerrie came into the industry as a single mother of two without so much as a high school diploma, beginning her career out of a necessity to survive and gradually finding great satisfaction in helping others through her work. It was because of her situation and a transformative mentor, that she has been compelled to pay it forward, a pursuit that is evident in her efforts to grow and transform her restaurant.

Kerrie saw the potential that Sonoma Bistro and WineBar had when she became the owner in 2012, conceptualizing a business plan to propel the restaurant to success. Inspired by her 28 years of service experience, Kerrie was able to develop a strong customer service training program for her family-like staff and attract new customers through deeper community involvement. In just a few years, this restaurant has become a premier destination for quality meal, great drinks, and live weekend entertainment. The Sonoma Bistro and WineBar is now a hot-spot for restaurant-goers, mid-sized personal and professional events, and after-work fun seekers.

The dedication that Kerrie pours into her work doesn’t end with this restaurant. She also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors at the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, helping other businesses overcome their obstacles so that they can grow and continue to serve the people of Rhode Island. The energy and enthusiasm that Kerrie brings to the community and her restaurant is contagious, and her mission to lead by example continues to inspire every day.

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