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Monday, February 17, 2020

Burlington Food Businesses Take a Hit with Weekend Water Issues

Posted By and on Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 4:06 PM

Customers filling water jugs at City Market, Onion River Co-Op's South End location on Monday - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Customers filling water jugs at City Market, Onion River Co-Op's South End location on Monday

On Saturday, February 15, the City of Burlington issued a precautionary boil-water advisory due to a water main break. Starting in the South End and eventually including most of Burlington and a small part of South Burlington, the advisory disrupted one of the busiest weekends of the winter for the city’s restaurants, with Valentine’s Day coinciding with the President’s Day long weekend.

Residents were advised to boil water for one minute before using it for drinking, cooking or washing dishes. Food establishments had to make the tough decision whether to close and lose business or to navigate the challenges of safely feeding a packed house without their usual water supply.

At the Great Northern on Pine Street, the first sign of trouble came at the end of Saturday brunch. “The pressure got funky around 3 o’clock,” chef and co-owner Frank Pace said. Thirty minutes later, Pace received the alert from the city’s emergency system. The restaurant’s next door partner, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, closed right away. Pace and his wife and co-owner, Marnie Long, went fact finding with the brewery’s general manager, Margaret Leddy.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

After 12 Years, Pulcinella's Plans Move to New SoBu Spot

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 6:16 PM

Pulcinella's restaurant at 100 Dorset Street in South Burlington - COURTESY
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  • Pulcinella's restaurant at 100 Dorset Street in South Burlington

Chef-owner Samuel Palmisano announced Monday that Pulcinella’s will be relocating within South Burlington from 100 Dorset Street to 1710 Shelburne Road, where Lakeview House Restaurant currently operates.


Jon Templeton of Larkin Realty confirmed that Lakeview House Restaurant will close at the end of February, making way for Pulcinella’s to move in.


Pulcinella’s will continue to serve at its original location through March 28 while Palmisano refreshes and redecorates the Shelburne Road restaurant space. He and his wife, Kyla Drew, who manages Pulcinella’s dining room and bar, plan to open in the new spot on April 1.


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Friday, February 7, 2020

Dining on a Dime: the Pour House

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2020 at 2:29 PM

Pot roast and beer at the Pour House - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Pot roast and beer at the Pour House
On a recent afternoon at the Pour House in South Burlington, the televisions were playing sports highlight reels: Kobe Bryant slam-dunking on one screen, football players slam-slamming on another.

I read my menu – grilled chicken salad ($9.95), beef and chicken nachos with the works ($11.95), open-face roast turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetable ($10.45), deep-fried, beer-battered cod, fries and cole slaw ($10.95) – and had a mini-epiphany: The Pour House offerings are a Dining on a Dime highlight reel.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

An Omnivorous Food Writer Tests a Vegan Diet

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 12:42 PM

Smoked paprika and honey-brushed cauliflower steaks headed into the oven - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • Smoked paprika and honey-brushed cauliflower steaks headed into the oven
Last August, my husband and I were hiking and talking about lots of stuff including the recently released United Nations report on land use and climate change. Among other things, the report analyzed agriculture’s contributions to the climate crisis and the lesser impact of a mostly plant-based diet.

“Why don’t we try going vegan for a month?” he proposed. (Unrelated to climate change, he also suggested going alcohol-free for a month, but we agreed these two experiments should not be simultaneous.)

It took us a while, between travel and the holidays, work commitments and way too much cheese in our fridge, but we finally carved out three weeks and started our experiment about a week ago.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

ArtsRiot 'Refocuses,' Chef George Lambertson Returns to Kitchen

Posted By and on Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 7:33 PM

ArtsRiot - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • ArtsRiot
Updated on February 4, 2020.

ArtsRiot, the Burlington restaurant, music club and event space at 400 Pine Street, is “shifting resources and refocusing,” according to George Lambertson, the restaurant’s former chef and co-owner of the business.

The restaurant-bar was closed for four days, January 19 through 22, without notice. It reopened on January 23 with reduced hours, an abbreviated menu, fewer staff and counter service only.

Lambertson is also back in the kitchen. “I’m cooking,” he confirmed. Chefs Mojo Hancy-Davis and Chris Donnelly — who started the Carte Blanche food cart in 2018 — had replaced Lambertson in October when left to travel around the U.S. Lambertson could not verify the status of their employment.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Local Chef Purchases the Daily Planet

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 11:23 AM

New owners of the Daily Planet, from left; Neil Solis, Rachel Solis (with 3-month-old Lyle) and Nicole Elithorpe. - COURTESY OF MIKAYLA ROBINSON
  • Courtesy of Mikayla Robinson
  • New owners of the Daily Planet, from left; Neil Solis, Rachel Solis (with 3-month-old Lyle) and Nicole Elithorpe.
Neil Solis, a 33-year-old chef who’s worked at numerous area restaurants, bought the Daily Planet on Wednesday from Copey Houghton, according to both Solis and Houghton. Solis purchased the downtown restaurant and bar with three business partners, including his wife, Rachel.

The Daily Planet opened in 1982 on Center Street in Burlington. Houghton, who has owned the restaurant for 28 years, called the sale “bittersweet,” but said the new ownership would be a positive step for the business and Burlington.

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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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