Licensing is still in the works, but Kristin and Tim Halvorson of Halvorson's Upstreet Café and Marinell Newton plan to open a wine store on Upper Church Street, in the space that used to house North Country Books.
No corks will be popped until the City of Burlington and State of Vermont shell out the permits, of course. Meanwhile, Tim says he expects the business to occupy only a portion of the available space. "There are neat little nooks that lend themselves to displaying and storing wine," he enthuses about the subterranean spot. "We hope to generate most of the business online to begin with, and have very limited retail hours." By fall, though, he plans to be going "full speed."
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…