Thursday, September 21, 2017

Openings & Closings & Etc. (Vermont edition)

• The latest reports on restaurants and food vendor openings, closings and transitions from the Greater Capital Region, as well as occasional entries from the Catskills, Central New York, Southern Vermont and the Berkshires.


• The Richmond Community Kitchen opened this week in the former Sonoma Station restaurant space at Bridge Street and Jolina Court in Richmond, VT. That space had most recently been occupied by the restaurant Sonoma Station. Owners Amy Gifford and  Susan Whitman, are selling prepared meals, both refrigerated and frozen and sourced from local farms, as they have been doing from Goodman’s home for the past two years. The new facility allows them to expands what they will do, with plans for food-centric classes and gatherings that could include movie screenings, recipe swaps, and soup clubs. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays , 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Phone: 802-434-3445.


•  Jon, Lucie, and Max Fath have closed the doors to their Toscano Café and Bistro at 27 Bridge Street in  Richmond, VT, after a 14-year run. "We’ve decided it’s time for us to retire from the restaurant business,” they said on a website note. “We’d like to thank our staff & the greater Richmond community for your understanding & for the wonderful support we’ve enjoyed over the past 14 years.” 

The restaurant 51 Main at the Bridge, operated at 51 Main Street, Middlebury, for the past nine years by Middlebury College,  has closed. “Sales had declined and student interest had ebbed and flowed over the years,” said Sarah Ray, director of media relations for the college.

The Doughnut Dilemma at 55 Main Street in Burlington has closed after just four years. A sign in the window says, "We’ve loved bringing doughnuts to Burlington! It’s time to move south and enjoy new adventures.”

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