Chefs to Watch 2017: Benjamin Sukle, Birch and Oberlin, Providence, R.I.

Liz Grossman

Owning a restaurant in a state that’s only 50 miles long might seem like a challenge, but to Ben Sukle, small surroundings are an advantage. So much so, he and his wife, Heidi, opened two restaurants in Providence, R.I., just blocks apart. “Birch is a refined experience where you’re getting more than just dinner—you’re seeing how we preserve where we are and...