Originally published March 25, 1998.
The rumors have been fl ying about a new club in the Burlington area, and I’m happy to rein them in with a truth noose this week. First of all, the rumor’s right: The place is called Higher Ground, and it’s in Winooski in the spot Denny’s — and years ago, the disco Le Club — once occupied. The long-empty spot next to the Champlain Mill is rapidly being transformed into a nightclub nearly twice the size of Toast or Metronome.
The four partners are Kevin Statesir, Alex Crothers, Robert Hintze and Matt Sutte, all of whom come with some experience in the restaurant and/or entertainment business. And if you’ve heard that the club has some connection to Phish, that’s sort of true: Statesir is the brother-in-law of Trey Anastasio, and Crothers left Phish HQ, Dionysian Productions, to take on this project. Statesir emphasizes that neither Trey nor the band are partners in the club — though he concedes Trey may do a spontaneous solo performance there at some point — but Phishheads are not advised to set up camp in the parking lot.