Wanna Buy a Restaurant? | Food + Drink Features | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Wanna Buy a Restaurant? 

Entrees and Exits

Starting in May, Vermonters will no longer be able to "eat good food" - at least not at Eat Good Food Grill, Bar & Deli in Middlebury. Owner Tara Vaughan-Hughes says she'll be closing the hip restaurant on Sunday. She hopes to sell it as a turnkey operation. "It's all new equipment," she reports.

Six months ago, Vaughan-Hughes was operating two Eat Good Food restaurants. She sold the original one - in Vergennes - to focus on the Middlebury location, but the profits didn't roll in fast enough. "We're right at the beginning of what would be a good season, and that's heartbreaking," says Vaughan-Hughes. "We've run out of capital and run out of energy."

She believes that a high-end restaurant in Middlebury could work: "What I would do is start putting burgers on the menu, put a TV over the bar, make it accessible to everybody . . . it requires more re-jigging, and that always requires money," she explains.

Everything in the store's gourmet grocery section is on sale through the end of the week.

Looking for a business closer to B-town? The Old Brick Café on Rt. 2 in Williston is also up for grabs. Owner Dave Herskowitz is hoping to find either a buyer or an operating partner.

Why the shift? "My background is in construction and real estate and stuff," says Herskowitz. While he enjoyed renovating the building - for which he won a historic preservation award - the life of a restaurateur is not for him. "I'd just as soon turn it over to someone who's a little more passionate," he explains.

Herskowitz hopes whoever takes over will consider serving dinner - now the café offers breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. Besides chain restaurants and a few ethnic joints, "There's absolutely nothing until you get to Richmond," he gripes. "That's the reason I was looking for a place to make into a café originally."

Until he finds a partner, lessee or buyer, the business will continue to operate as usual.

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

More By This Author

About The Author

Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

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


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation