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Monday, January 6, 2020

Mirabelles Is Moving to South Burlington

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 6:56 PM

Diners at Mirabelles Café & Bakery - FILE: OLIVER PARINI
  • File: Oliver Parini
  • Diners at Mirabelles Café & Bakery
After 29 years of business on Main Street in Burlington, Mirabelles Café & Bakery is moving to South Burlington, the restaurant announced Monday.

The café will close its downtown location on January 25 and open the week of February 10 at 3060 Williston Road in South Burlington, according to a press release and a Facebook post.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Stone's Throw Opens With a Free Pizza Party in Richmond

Posted By on Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Pizza and salad at Stone's Throw in Fairfax - JAMES BUCK/FILE
  • James Buck/File
  • Pizza and salad at Stone's Throw in Fairfax
The Richmond version of Stone’s Throw Pizza will introduce itself to the community on Tuesday, January 7, serving free pies from 5 to 8 p.m. 

The pizza party at 39 Esplanade — former site of On the Rise Bakery — is the day before the restaurant’s official launch on Wednesday, January 8. It is the second location of Stone’s Throw, which opened its original site on Main Street in Fairfax in November 2018.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Last Call at Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 3:10 PM

House-roasted coffee beans at Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea - COURTESY OF UNCOMMON GROUNDS COFFEE AND TEA
  • Courtesy of Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea
  • House-roasted coffee beans at Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea
Coffee will be free on Monday, Dec. 23, at Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea, when the well-loved Church Street Marketplace coffee shop serves customers for a final day after 25 years in business.

Owner Brenda Nadeau is retiring and closing the café and roastery that was founded by her parents, Skip and Beverly Blakely, in May 1994. Drip coffee will be free on Monday as a thank-you to her regulars, she said.

“We’re doing heavy discounts on everything, and giving away drip coffee,” Nadeau said. “We’re just trying to give back to our people.”

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Growing Bigger: Skinny Pancake to Open 11th Restaurant

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Apple caramel crêpe - COURTESY OF THE SKINNY PANCAKE
  • Courtesy of the Skinny Pancake
  • Apple caramel crêpe
The Skinny Pancake will open its 11th branch in the spring of 2020, when the crêperie that was founded as a food cart opens a restaurant in Stowe, co-owner Benjy Adler told Seven Days.

The newest Skinny will be at 454 Mountain Road, site of the former McCarthy’s Restaurant, which closed in the fall after 45 years in business.

"It's pretty cool," Adler said. "They're passing the torch."

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Drink Up: Eggnog at Monarch & the Milkweed

Posted By on Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Eggnog at Monarch & the Milkweed - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Eggnog at Monarch & the Milkweed
Stevie Wonder was singing "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" when I arrived at Monarch & the Milkweed on a recent evening. If I'd been worrying, Stevie's Latin-funk groove and inspired intro ("Paris, Beirut, Iraq, Iran ... I speak very very, um, fluent Spanish"), would've chilled me out and lifted me up.

I wasn't worried about the parking meter: It's free holiday parking season in Burlington, even if some shoppers are at their computers. And after an eggnog hunt conducted mostly by phone, I was no longer worried about finding the seasonal cocktail that delivers spirits as a liquid dessert. 

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Dining on a Dime: Garden of Eatin' Café

Posted By on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 6:54 PM

Maple, apple and butternut bisque and the Vermonter at Garden of Eatin' Café - JORDAN BARRY
  • Jordan Barry
  • Maple, apple and butternut bisque and the Vermonter at Garden of Eatin' Café
Gardeners have the power to save the world. They grow food to feed the hungry, provide habitat for threatened pollinators and help reduce the carbon footprint.

The Garden of Eatin' Café  has the power to save the holidays — or at least my sanity while holiday shopping. I'd had a stressful morning in the big box stores — whipping through the aisles of soulless shelves, making lists, checking them twice, and trying to get the heck out of there as quickly as I could — when I rejoined reality in a lush greenhouse at the Williston outpost of Gardener's Supply Company.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Stonecutter Spirits to Close Highball Social and Tasting Room

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 4:33 PM

Sivan Cotel and Sas Stewart, cofounders of Stonecutter Spirits - FILE: JAMES BUCK
  • File: James Buck
  • Sivan Cotel and Sas Stewart, cofounders of Stonecutter Spirits
Stonecutter Spirits has announced the closure of the company's Burlington bar Highball Social and its Middlebury tasting room. Both locations will close at the end of 2019.

“We are so grateful for the strong support that our community has shown us since we opened our doors in 2015," the company’s president and cofounder Sas Stewart said in a press release. "We’re proud to be a part of the Vermont ecosystem, and are excited to host fundraisers, collaborations and holiday parties to close out this year. While we’re sad to end this chapter, it’s only fitting to spend this time celebrating the people and products that make Vermont outstanding."

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Bliss Bee Set to Open Second Location

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Clockwise from bottom: crispy chicken sandwich with hand-cut fries, Vermont hot dog, salmon salad, Bliss Bee sodas and a Sunrise grain bowl - FILE: DARIA BISHOP
  • File: Daria Bishop
  • Clockwise from bottom: crispy chicken sandwich with hand-cut fries, Vermont hot dog, salmon salad, Bliss Bee sodas and a Sunrise grain bowl

Bliss Bee will open in South Burlington early next week, according to owner Jed Davis, who told Seven Days by email that the restaurant will open Monday or Tuesday.

The fast-casual restaurant at 1185 Shelburne Road is the second Bliss Bee restaurant in Chittenden County; the first one launched in April at Maple Tree Place in Williston.

Like its Williston counterpart, the Bliss Bee in South Burlington will be open seven days a week starting at 11 a.m. An identical menu at the two restaurants offers grain bowls, salads, burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches, with sides such as French fries, cole slaw and chicken nuggets.  Beverages include cocktails and smoothies.

Bliss Bee is a new venture for Davis, whose Farmhouse Group owns and operates five area restaurants.  Davis opened his first restaurant, Farmhouse Tap & Grill, on Bank Street in Burlington in May 2010.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dining on a Dime: Drifters

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 4:20 PM


Chickpea patties at Drifters - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Chickpea patties at Drifters
Andrew Ryan wore his baseball cap backward the other night at Drifters, his restaurant in Burlington's Old North End. From a dining table that Ryan built from driftwood, I could read the writing on the bill: BUTTER.

But there was none in my meal, nor in many others Ryan cooked that night. I dined happily on the vegan chickpea patties ($12), which were offered last week for a Seven Days Burger Week special.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Drink Up: Vermont Wine and Food Pairing Workshop

Posted By on Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 7:36 PM

Fable Farm Fermentory and Iapetus wines at the Vermont Wine & Food Pairing Workshop at Hotel Vermont - JORDAN BARRY
  • Jordan Barry
  • Fable Farm Fermentory and Iapetus wines at the Vermont Wine & Food Pairing Workshop at Hotel Vermont
How do you convince a thirsty diner to choose marquette over malbec, or la crescent instead of Chardonnay?

At an industry-only workshop on Wednesday exploring how to pair Vermont wine with food, servers, chefs and business owners were given a great piece of advice: "The first step is getting it into the glass."

That advice came from Matt Canning, the food and beverage manager at Hotel Vermont. Canning led the workshop together with Doug Paine, executive chef of  Juniper Bar & Restaurant and Bleu Northeast Seafood. The workshop was a partnership between the hotel and the Vermont Fresh Network. It was held as part of the Vermont Wine Project, a grant-funded initiative managed by the Vermont Fresh Network with support from the Vermont Grape and Wine Council.

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