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Does the Lakeview have a foodie future?

Published October 4, 2006 at 4:00 a.m.

Food-news junkies get it hot on, a widely popular national blog that exists "for those who live to eat." Well, they like to gossip, too. A forum post last week got the Vermont restaurant rumor-mill turning. It read, "I heard Russell Moore might be buying a 2 million dollar restaurant in rural New England. Apparently the last couple who tried to make it work were run out of town by the locals. Someone told me they're related to a chef in Berkeley."

This tidbit was particularly juicy because Moore is a chef at Chez Panisse, the eatery made famous by local-food pioneer Alice Waters. The restaurant referenced is the Lakeview Inn in Greensboro, Vermont. Kevin and Sarah McNamara had fine-dining-destination dreams when they bought the place in 2004. And impressive resumés: She had managed a number of acclaimed San Fran restaurants; he had a motion-picture background. A little more than a year later, though, the couple was gone.

More recently, the Lakeview made headlines when Northeast Kingdom Human Services envisioned the building as a mental-health facility. Greensboro residents ran that idea out of town, too.

Does the Lakeview have a foodie future? Not with Chef Moore. Reached at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, he confirmed that he is, in fact, looking for a restaurant, but in the Bay Area. He's never visited Vermont and has never heard of the Lakeview Inn.

Another Chowhound correction: The inn is on the market for $1.2 million, not 2 - a deal from the Watson Agency.

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Paula Routly

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Paula Routly came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. After graduation, she stayed and worked as a dance critic, arts writer, news reporter and editor before she started Seven Days newspaper with Pamela Polston in 1995. Routly covered arts news, then food, and, starting in 2008, focused her editorial energies on building the news side of the operation, for which she is a regular weekly editor. She conceptualized and managed the “Give and Take” special report on Vermont’s nonprofit sector, the “Our Towns” special issue and the yearlong “Hooked” series exploring Vermont’s opioid crisis. When she’s not editing stories, Routly runs the business side of Seven Days — overseeing finances, management and product development. She spearheaded the creation of the newspaper’s numerous ancillary publications and events such as Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.


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