Reiman opened the first Three Tomatoes (originally known as Sweet Tomatoes) with Robert Meyers on Church Street in 1992. They debuted in Williston's Maple Tree Place in 2004 as Nicco's Cucina, then changed the name to Three Tomatoes Trattoria two years later.
The lease on the space would have been up at the end of April, says Reiman. However, "We've been jockeying for a sale," he says. The restaurateur adds he and Meyer didn't think business in Williston was strong enough to commit to another five- or 10-year lease. When an "interested party" recently revealed itself, the pair decided to close.
This comes two months after the final bow for nika, the team's most recent iteration of their Church Street restaurant. "After nika didn't work out, we were going to skinny down and go back to the mothership that we started with," says Reiman. Now, with the closure of Three Tomatoes in Williston, Reiman says he and Meyers have no plans to open another restaurant in Chittenden County. They will continue to operate Three Tomatoes restaurants in both Rutland and Lebanon, N.H.
The Church Street space will reopen in late spring as Farmhouse Group's latest addition, Pascolo Ristorante. Watch this space and Seven Days
for updates on the Maple Tree Place location.
After 25 years of Sweet Tomato Pie, Chittenden County will soon be without the thin, crisp delicacy that introduced many Vermonters to high-end pizza. Three Tomatoes Trattoria will close its Williston location on Saturday, March 8, says co-owner Jim Reiman.