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Side Dishes: The Marketplace soup kiosk is no more

A couple of weeks ago, Burlington’s Church Street got a little less cheesy. That’s when owner Brian Stone closed Cheese ’n Crust Souperstar.

The 126-square-foot eatery, located in the old Klinger’s kiosk, served up grilled-cheese sandwiches in various flavors, along with bowls of soup. For every serving of chili or gazpacho he sold, Stone donated one to charity.”

According to Stone, who also owns the Garden of Eatin’ Café in Williston, getting people to wait outdoors for a hot meal on a frigid day was tougher than he’d expected. “In the winter season, when you’d actually count on selling more soup, it was sparse,” he recalls. During the summer, ice cream helped bolster sales, but it wasn’t enough.

Stone still holds the lease on the tiny spot and plans to turn it into something that will make use of the kiosk’s “greatest asset: its exposure to millions of people.” Until the Church Street Marketplace approves his new plan, though, he’s got to keep mum on the concept. One thing he can say? He won’t be serving food.

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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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