Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Opening & Closing & Etc. (New England edition)

• The latest reports from the Greater Capital Region on restaurants, beverage and food vendor openings, closings and transitions, as well as occasional entries from Vermont, the Berkshires, the Catskills, and the lower Hudson Valley.


• The Burlington, VT-based chain Skinny Pancake will open its eighth location, this one in Quechee, some time next month. The venue is adjacent to Jake’s Quechee Market on Route 4 in a 2,000-square-foot space previously run as a cafe by the Jake’s staff. Skinny Pancake ran a temporary restaurant inside that cafe space during the holidays that was well-received by the public. Co-owner Benjy Adler said in an announcement that the new full-scale restaurant's menu will include most of the items offered at the chain's other restaurants, including its signature line of eclectic crepe dishes. Adler expects coffee and espresso drinks from Waterbury-based Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea to be popular, and a line of draft beer also will be available. Skinny Pancake was founded in 2003 by brothers Benjy and Jonny Adler who began selling crepes out of a makeshift wooden cart on Burlington’s Church Street. In 2007 they opened what became their flagship location on the Burlington waterfront.

•  The sweets shop NU Chocolat is scheduled to open at 180 Battery Street in Burlington, VT. The owners are Kevin and Laura Toohey and their adult children Virginia and Rowan Toohey who together formerly operated Bijou Fine Chocolate in Shelburne whose owner abruptly closed it in October 2017. NU Chocolat will have a 12-seat retail café selling handcrafted chocolates, European-style pastries, and an array of warm "sipping chocolates." It also will offer teas and espresso beverages. The major focus of the business, however, will be the chocolatier items.


What began as the transformation of a Brattleboro, VT, sandwich shop named Anthony's on Elliot Street 37 years ago ended on this New Year's Eve when owners Yisoon and Tae Mo Kim closed Shin La. After purchasing and converting the shop in to a Korean eatery for three years, they moved the business to 57 Main Street and renamed it Shin La after an ancient Korean kingdom. They added a sushi day in 1985, and a sushi bar in 2000, and accented their offerings with some Japanese dishes along the way. The Kims have had Shin La up for sale since 2015. Yisoon Kim's sister has run Manna House, a Korean restaurant in nearby Greenfield, MA, for the past 15 years.


• The Fish & Chip is under development for a projected February opening in South Burlington, VT. However, its name does not tell the whole story. Owner/chef Claire Banh, a veteran of working in several Canadian fish-and-chip eateries, says besides the namesake dish she will offer such other items as souvlaki and chicken tenders. The restaurant, in space on Williston Road that once was occupied by the Wooden Spoon Bistro and that shares a parking area with the Higher Ground music venue, will seat 50 and retain a portion of the bar from the bistro, which closed in 2016. It will be open seven days a week.

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