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Side Dishes: For River's Edge, It's Over

While some eateries are adding options, for others, the game is over. River's Edge Coffee Shop and Grill, on Riverside Avenue in Burlington, closed its doors last Sunday.

Ann Marie Silva, who owned the quick stop with her husband Bert, attributes the loss to the widening of Riverside Avenue, which wound up last summer. "We were the new kids on the block before the construction started; we really didn't have our feet planted in the ground, and when it hit, it hit hard."

Although things were looking up this spring, Silva says, it was too little, too late. "We were already too deep in the hole to try to bail out," she adds. "The comeback wasn't quick enough."

The Silvas won't rule out another culinary venture in their future, but for now, their plan is immediate R&R. "We'll take a vacation; relax and regroup," Ann Marie says. "We need to do something different for a little."

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Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a... more

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