Saturday, October 17, 2015

Today's ride on the foodie-go round (Vermont edition)


PROMOTING

• The 5th annual  Stowe Restaurant Week is set to begin this Sunday, and run through October 24. Considering that the resort community is comparatively small, its lineup of 14 participating restaurants is a nice surprise: The Bench, The Bistro at 10 Acres, The Blue Donkey, Charlie B's Pub & Restaurant, Crop Bistro & Brewery, The Dining Room at Trapp Family Lodge, Gracie's Restaurant. Harrison Restaurant, Michael's on the Hill, Pie-casso Pizzeria & Lounge, Sauce Italian Specialties, Swiss Fondue by Heinz, Trattoria La Festa, and Whip Bar & Grill. You can get directions, contact info, and menus online. Fixed price meals will be offered at $15, $25, and $35 price points.

CLOSING

San Sai Japanese Restaurant will close its 112 Lake Street, Burlington, operation after service on Sunday. Co-owners Chris Russo and Kazutoshi "Mike" Maeda told local media and regular customers  via e-mail that their five-year lease is scheduled to expire next month. Rather than renew it, they plan to spend the usually-slow winter months scoping out a new location. They advise their fans to send along their e-mail addresses to be informed "what happens with the crew from San Sai next. ... We hope to be seeing you and serving you delicious food again very soon." Russo continues to operate his more casual sushi deli business Bento, located on College Street.

• Lake Champlain Chocolates has announced in a news release that it will close its short-lived South End Kitchen cafe on December 20. Hours at the Burlington operation adjacent to the chocolate company will be scaled back as of this Monday. Owner Jim Lampman said of the Burlington project, "Unfortunately, operating this complex, dynamic and risky venture took focus off of our core business making chocolate lovers across the nation absolutely crazy for our caramels, chocolate bars, truffles and more." The company plans to keep the 716 Pine Street building adjacent to the chocolate factory, moving some of its offices into that space, thus allowing LCC to extend into the current office area to improve the experience for visitors. LCC greets about 200,000 visitors annually.

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