by Cathy Resmer
The Burlington Free Press has the scoop this morning — 135 Pearl will close June 3 and become a Papa John's pizzeria, with apartments on the 2nd floor. I had heard as much Monday, but I thought it was being kept quiet. Guess it was actually front-page news!
Glad the Freep covered it so extensively. My only comment is that three of their four non-Pearl's sources — Peggy Luhrs, Clark Sheldon and Bob Bolyard — work at R.U.1.2? Community Center, located conveniently half a block from the bar. The story makes it sound as if they're just random people the reporter found walking around, when in fact I'm betting that either Brent or John walked down the street to R.U.1.2? and asked folks for their opinions. Why wouldn't they mention that? Seems strange to me.
I know this is off-line news, but it's a pretty big deal for the cultural life of Vermont's biggest city.
UPDATE: Here's 135 Pearl owner Robert Toms on VPR. I think it's toward the end.