Michael Solomon - Rhode Island Commerce

MICHAEL SOLOMON

Michael Solomon is a former restaurant owner, real estate developer, and former President of the Providence City Council. He is a lifelong resident of Providence.

Michael’s father Anthony Solomon, the former Rhode Island State Treasurer, started Anthony’s Pharmacy & Drug in Providence Olneyville neighborhood. The pharmacy soon became a bustling family business and fixture in the lives of neighborhood residents. In 1982, Michael opened his own business in Olnveyville – Wes’ Rib House. He continuously managed the day-to-day affairs of Wes’ until selling the business in January, 2022. Michael has ownership interests in several other restaurants, including the Providence Coal Fired Pizza brand and Cozy Caterers.

In 2006, Michael was elected to represent Ward 5 in Providence on the Providence City Council. He chaired the council’s Committee on Ordinances during his first term on the council, where he chaired hearings on a variety of topics including changes to the city’s permitting, zoning and licensing codes.

Michael was re-elected to the Providence City Council in 2010 and elected council president by his colleagues. During his tenure as council president, Michael worked with Mayor Angel Taveras to close a $110 million structural deficit. He renegotiated contracts with all of the city’s major bargaining units, achieved 10-year PILOT agreements with the city’s major non-profits, and cut operating costs in the city. The council also approved a new zoning code, assessed proposed decennial changes to the City Charter, and revitalized some of the city’s most renown historic properties through a tax stabilization ordinance Michael introduced.

Michael lives in Providence’s Elmhurst neighborhood with his wife Denise. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

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