by Alice Levitt
After 25 years, one of Chittenden County's most beloved fine dining institutions is closing. But only until a former sous-chef takes over, reopening the restaurant on October 24. More details from him will follow when we have them.
This afternoon, Patrick Grangien told Seven Days, "We just want to take a little bit of time — a much-needed break." He hopes to remain open until October 12, for one final Saturday service. But he realizes that as employees may be forced to find other jobs, he might not have enough staff to continue feeding his fans that long. His advice: If you want to taste his food one last time, come as soon as possible.
It's unlikely there will be another chance. Though Grangien says he will remain in Vermont, the note on Facebook hinted, "We are turning over a new leaf, and we are moving on to exciting projects." He chooses not to disclose what those projects might be. However, his answer to whether the endeavors will be food related was a curt "I don't think so."
Though he's not overly nostalgic about his quarter century feeding Shelburne, Grangien said he's grateful for his time running the restaurant. "It was a good experience. We are a little bit sad," he said. "We made quite some friends those years. It's tough for us to call it quits."