Vergennes creates street seating policy

The Vergennes City Council has adopted a new policy that will charge restaurants a fee for the privilege of setting up tables in city streets during warm-weather months.

Restaurants’ struggle to find qualified help intensifies

MIDDLEBURY — An ongoing labor shortage is forcing an increasing number of area food-service businesses to either reduce their operating hours, transition to takeout only, or temporarily replace some of their in-house hours with a food truck option requiri … (read more)

Dearth of workers drives city restaurant to consider food truck

VERGENNES — Citing the tight labor market, downtown Vergennes restaurant owner Matt Birong on Tuesday asked the Vergennes City Council for permission to park a food truck next to the city green on Mondays and Tuesdays through mid-November.Birong said he c … (read more)

Area restaurants still struggling, but surviving

ADDISON COUNTY — In this season of COVID-19, many businesses have been hamstrung by social distancing, fear of people they don’t know and, for many, less disposable income. Restaurants depend on drawing together diverse groups of people, sometimes in big … (read more)

Capacity limits raised for restaurants, other hospitality businesses

The Scott administration announced Friday that as of June 26, restaurants, entertainment venues and other hospitality businesses will be able to open their doors to more people. The new rules set the cap for indoor establishments at 75 people and outdoor … (read more)

Restaurants, hotels begin to open up

ADDISON COUNTY — Whether you are an avid restaurant goer, or prefer to cook at home, it is hard to not feel concern for the restaurants and lodging services that have taken a serious financial hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some restaurants were … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Towns should make space for restaurant reopenings

On Friday the state will allow restaurants to open, with restrictions. This has timed perfectly with nice weather. Perhaps it would help jumpstart the return by towns shutting down streets and allowing outdoor dining. For example, in Bristol, the town cou … (read more)

Vt. restaurants, bars, hair salons are opening

Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announced the resumption of additional business operations, including outdoor seating at restaurants and bars, hair salons and barber shops and some additional health services. “I believe these steps forward will be welcome news … (read more)

Local eateries struggle, brave the unknown

ADDISON COUNTY — Sanderson Wheeler, co-owner of the Bobcat Cafe in Bristol, is just happy to be in his restaurant’s kitchen. “Being in here and cooking feels great,” he said. “It helps me keep my mind off of things.” These days Wheeler and his partner (an … (read more)