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Thursday, July 23, 2020

¡Duino! (Duende) Closing to Make Way for New Restaurant

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 6:12 PM

Lee Anderson (left) and Justin Wright in front of ¡Duino! (Duende) - MELISSA PASANEN ©️ SEVEN DAYS
  • Melissa Pasanen ©️ Seven Days
  • Lee Anderson (left) and Justin Wright in front of ¡Duino! (Duende)
Lee Anderson, owner of ¡Duino! (Duende) on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington, announced on social media Tuesday that he will be closing his 10-year-old international street food restaurant by the end of July.

He will open a new restaurant business in its place in mid-August with a takeout and delivery-only menu designed by newly hired chef Justin Wright. Anderson was not ready to share the name of the new endeavor, but said the menu will be heavy on vegetables, noting that he himself is vegetarian.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Stowe Chef Launches Japanese-Style Pop-Up Dinners

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 3:17 PM

[image-1]In mid-March, Chelle Hall was winding down the ski season as sous-chef at the Stowehof Inn's Fritz Bar & Restaurant. Due to COVID-19, she recalled, "We were all put on a leave of absence. I really didn't know what to expect."

Hall, 26, had previously decided to go back to earn her bachelor of science in business administration and accounting at the University of Vermont while working reduced hours at her cooking job.  Soon, though, she found herself without a  job at all.

Unexpectedly, the break led to an opportunity to create her own business featuring the Japanese food of Hall's heritage.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Iconic Sonny's Blue Benn Diner for Sale

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 12:01 PM

Sonny's Blue Benn Diner in April 2019 - FILE: JANA SLEEMAN ©️ SEVEN DAYS
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  • Sonny's Blue Benn Diner in April 2019
On July 11, after close to 50 years of ownership,  the Monroe family listed Bennington's landmark Sonny's Blue Benn Diner for sale for just under $600,000.

Broker Paul Carroccio of TPW Real Estate's Manchester office said he already has a trio of solid prospects among many calls of interest.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

State Allocates Millions for Hunger Relief Program Operated by Restaurants

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 5:53 PM

ShiftMeals at the Skinny Pancake commissary in Winooski - COURTESY OF SHIFTMEALS
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  • ShiftMeals at the Skinny Pancake commissary in Winooski
In late March, about a week after Gov. Phil Scott ordered restaurants to close to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the Skinny Pancake turned its commissary kitchen in Winooski into the cooking site of a program called ShiftMeals.

The initiative was designed to provide free meals to restaurant workers, musicians and other Vermonters who lost their jobs during the pandemic and were in need of food assistance.

ShiftMeals then formed a partnership with the Vermont Foodbank to expand its reach. The program currently has 18 distribution sites around the state and has provided 50,000 meals to Vermonters in need, with a goal of distributing 100,000 meals by year's end, according to ShiftMeals director Jean Hamilton.

Now ShiftMeals is serving as a model for a statewide initiative, backed by $5 million in government funding, in which restaurants around the state will use their facilities and employees to help feed Vermonters who are experiencing food insecurity. The new program, called Everyone Eats, was announced Monday morning at a press conference outside the Skinny Pancake’s Lake Street restaurant in Burlington.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Poppy Café & Market Launches Sandwich Takeout in the O.N.E.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 3:35 PM

The Meryl sandwich from Poppy Café & Market: marinated sardines with herb aioli, fennel, radicchio, olives, capers, arugula and a citrus salad - COURTESY OF ABBY PORTMAN
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  • The Meryl sandwich from Poppy Café & Market: marinated sardines with herb aioli, fennel, radicchio, olives, capers, arugula and a citrus salad
Consider it a preview of sandwiches to come: Poppy Café & Market will start offering weekly takeout this Thursday, though not yet from its eventual home at 88 Oak Street.

Sisters Abby and Emily Portman's breakfast and lunch café is one of two food businesses planned for the former Chubby Muffin spot in Burlington's Old North End, now operating as the Oak Street Cooperative.

They will share the space with Maria Lara-Bregatta's Café Mamajuana, operating at different times of the day and sharing a small market — allowing each business to have a presence while the other is open, the Portmans explained.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Magic Hat Cofounder Alan Newman Buys ArtsRiot

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 3:46 PM

ArtsRiot - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • ArtsRiot
Alan Newman has purchased the Burlington restaurant and live music venue ArtsRiot.  Newman, ArtsRiot cofounders Felix Wai and PJ McHenry, as well as partner George Lambertson, announced the deal in a press release on Wednesday.

"We put everything we had into creating and growing ArtsRiot over the years, but our time has come to move on and we are excited to hand the reins over to Alan," Wai, McHenry and Lambertson wrote in the release.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Taco Gordo Opens Creemee and Burrito Stand in Downtown Burlington

Posted By on Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 3:51 PM

Henry Mizrahi (left) and Isaiah Palmeri in front of Little Gordo Creemee Stand - JORDAN BARRY
  • Jordan Barry
  • Henry Mizrahi (left) and Isaiah Palmeri in front of Little Gordo Creemee Stand
What's better than a creemee stand? A creemee stand that also serves burritos.

Taco Gordo will take its takeout business to the next level this Tuesday, with the opening of  Little Gordo Creemee Stand in the former Union Scoops window at 71 South Union Street in Burlington.

Customers at the walk-up window can expect housemade creemees; blended, candy-filled "wizards"; and bulging burritos. Picnic tables are available out front, but the tiny spot has no indoor seating.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Bakers Against Racism Bake Sale Comes to Vermont

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 2:28 PM

Haymaker Bun cookies - COURTESY OF CAROLINE CORRENTE
  • Courtesy of Caroline Corrente
  • Haymaker Bun cookies
Pastry chefs and bakers around Vermont are joining what might be the biggest and most impactful bake sale ever: Bakers Against Racism.

Organized by high-profile Washington, D.C., pastry chefs Paola Velez , Willa Pelini and Rob Rubba, Bakers Against Racism is raising money for organizations working to end systemic and structural racism — via an international, old-fashioned (albeit virtual) bake sale on Saturday, June 20.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Closed: Outback Steakhouse and Vermont Sandwich Company

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 4:13 PM

The closed Outback Steakhouse in South Burlington - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • The closed Outback Steakhouse in South Burlington
Two area eateries have closed over the last 12 days: Outback Steakhouse in South Burlington and Vermont Sandwich Company in Williston.

Vermont's sole Outback Steakhouse closed permanently on Sunday, May 24, confirmed the location's managing partner, Tonisha Farrell, over the phone. She said that the restaurant's 40 to 50 part- and full-time employees were all receiving severance.

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New Indian-Himalayan Restaurant Opens in Burlington

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 3:46 PM

GBG Indian Kitchen on Riverside Avenue - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • GBG Indian Kitchen on Riverside Avenue
Three Vermonters originally from Nepal were finally able to open their Indian and Himalayan restaurant in Burlington last week.

Its name, GBG Indian Kitchen, combines the surname initials of co-owners Prashant Gharti, Dal B. Bhujel and Binod Gurung. The trio rented the building at 471 Riverside Avenue in Burlington on January 1, but the pandemic held up permits and renovation of the former Dunkin' Donuts, Gharti said.

The three owners, who are related, have all worked in the hospitality field.  "We are family together, and we have experience in the kitchen, in food and beverage management and in marketing," Gharti said.

"When we analyzed what was here, we saw that [the] Indian restaurants are outdated," he continued. The restaurateurs plan to distinguish themselves by preparing "every recipe we know well" fresh from scratch, Gharti said. 

The wide-ranging menu includes familiar Indian restaurant staples such as biryani, kebabs, curries and breads. Gharti noted that the biryani rice is steamed with a traditional technique, and the breads and kebabs are made in a clay tandoor oven. Himalayan offerings include momos, squat dumplings filled with vegetables, chicken or beef.

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner for takeout and delivery only, until regulations allow dining in. The building has no outdoor dining space.
Information: GBG Indian Kitchen, 448-3653.

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