Chefs need down time, but starting on Sunday, January 19, the staff at Richmond’s Kitchen Table Bistro will no longer get Sunday off. That’s a major gain for diners. According to general manager Neal Johnston, “A lot of our favorite restaurants are closed on that day. There isn’t much [open] on Sundays, and what we wanted to do is go to a more laid-back, casual version of what we usually offer and make it more accessible to people.”
Translation: Casual Sunday Supper nights will feature three courses for $30. Menus will change weekly but will always include three or four options per course, plus verbally communicated specials.
Diners who made a reservation at Guild & Company early in the new year may have found themselves eating at a different restaurant. Last Tuesday, the South Burlington steakhouse changed its name to Guild Tavern.
According to the Farmhouse Group’s director of marketing, Kristina Bond, the switch is due to a slow concept change. “Over the past year, we’ve expanded our menu and added more casual, tavern-like fare,” she explained via email. “Eventually we came to the conclusion that the name Guild & Company no longer seemed to fit with the experience we were offering.”
The two-page menu now has tavern fare such as burgers and fish and chips listed on the first page along with appetizers, salads and soups. Entrées such as crab cakes and smoked bratwurst join dry-aged, wood-grilled steaks.
Since starting life in 2008 as Dragonfly Café and Woody’s Pub, Colchester’s 18 Severance Green has seen more name changes than Liz Taylor. But an established restaurateur is hoping to end the culinary merry-go-round when he opens his newest eatery early this spring.
Dave Nelson, owner of McGillicuddy’s Irish Pub in Montpelier, Mulligan’s Irish Pub in Barre and, most recently, McGillicuddy’s Irish Ale House in Williston, is currently overseeing major renovations to transform the Colchester address into McGillicuddy’s Irish Ale House on the Green. Once his latest opens, Nelson says, the high-traffic area, complete with a brand-new deck, will offer 28 beers on tap and “high-end, homestyle pub food.” Look for house-roasted corned beef and Guinness-marinated burgers.
Stowe’s Foxfire Inn & Restaurant closed in late November after 38 years in business. But the Italian food isn’t gone for good. Owners Bob and Kate Neilson reopened in the same building just after Christmas as Foxfire To Go.
The same fare that made the inn a dining staple is now available for take-out Wednesdays through Sundays from 3 to 8 p.m. Dishes such as maple-balsamic-marinated salmon and chicken piccata with pasta go for $12. Bob Neilson says to look for the menu, which also includes baked goods and a grab-and-go case with salads and soups, to expand soon.
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