Sometimes the decision to open a restaurant is all about timing. Kathleen Stine says she and her husband, Aaron, were only looking for a new catering kitchen. Their business, bevo, whose slogan is “Food and bar catering for the epicure,” had outgrown its current location. While seeking a new prep site for their trademark global party bites, the couple happened upon the vacant Colchester space previously occupied by Junior’s, Big Chile Republic and, most recently, a VFW. “It just kind of felt right,” says Stine.
The Stines hope to open their new restaurant, also called bevo, on April 5. Previously partnered with 1/2 Lounge, the couple will retain that hip bar aesthetic and add creative food. Though Kathleen Stine says the menu will be on the small side, she quickly reels off a list of appetizers: fried Vermont cheese curds with truffled honey, smoked local chicken wings, Korean-style galbi short ribs, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches.
Stine also proudly describes her restaurant’s fries, which will be topped with bacon dust — or shiitake dust for vegetarians. “It tastes like bacon, but not as good — but pretty good,” she says of the veggie version. Of course, bevo will offer a burger to pair with those bacon-dusted fries. Stine says the restaurant will be dry-aging beef onsite for a steak sandwich.
Now, if we can just find out who or what is coming to the former Noah’s Ark Pet Center next door...
bevo, 70 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, 355-7891
Justin Turcotte: Gotta love our little food Mecca!
Roy: Meh. They can't compare to Red Hen and dealing with Hunt is often not worth the trouble.
Tammy Goughnour: This will be AWESOME!! Their pastry is out of this world!!
Old Vermonter: Amazing they lasted so long with such terrible business acumem
Bryan Bouchard: It wasn't that good before. Of they didn't reopen it wouldn't be a great loss to the Burlington…