Doors Close at Fatty's BBQ and Koval's Coffee | Food News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It

Doors Close at Fatty's BBQ and Koval's Coffee 

click to enlarge Big Fatty's BBQ co-owner  Clay Vagnini - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • Big Fatty's BBQ co-owner Clay Vagnini

Big Fatty's BBQ put some south in the mouths of Burlingtonians for the last time on May 31, after seven years on Main Street. According to general manager and co-owner Brandon Fox, the combined pressures of running the restaurant's White River Junction location and Maple Street Catering were too much for him to handle while raising a young family.

Burlington customers can use their gift cards at the White River location, where Fox says there are now eight beers on tap, plus a sizable salad bar and live music on weekends.

Fans of the doughnuts and breads at Koval's Coffee in Hinesburg have a few more chances to scoop them up before the 18-year-old eatery closes for good on June 21.

Co-owner Gary Koval says the restaurant took a hit in the 2008 recession. "Now, in Hinesburg, we have a lot of growth happening," he says. "All our competition has expanded. But we're the little guy; we don't have those resources."

Once the eatery is closed, Koval and partner Juletta Gearhart look forward to their next challenge. "I might do a little construction and landscaping. I might even do a little bartending," says Koval.

Did you appreciate this story?

Show us your ❤️ by becoming a Seven Days Super Reader.

Related Locations

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

More by Alice Levitt

About The Author

Alice Levitt

Alice Levitt

AAN award-winning food writer Alice Levitt is a fan of the exotic, the excellent and automats. She wrote for Seven Days 2007-2015.

About the Artist

Matthew Thorsen

Matthew Thorsen

Matthew Thorsen has been shooting photographs for Seven Days since 1995. Read all about his work here.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in Food News

Recent Comments

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2019 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation