Sally Pollak ©️ Seven Days
ArtsRiot on Pine Street
, which closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, will open under new ownership for patio service at 400 Pine Street in Burlington on August 21, according to general manager Kelly Keen. The South End restaurant and bar, known for its live music, 400 burgers and summer food truck gatherings, was purchased July 1 by Burlington entrepreneur Alan Newman
The restaurant will offer beer, cider and cocktails, including the house frozen mojito, Keen wrote in an email to Seven Days
. Pingala Café
, a vegan restaurant at the Chace Mill in Burlington, will prepare food out of the ArtsRiot kitchen through Columbus Day, according to Keen. Pingala’s broccoli bar was a mainstay at the ArtsRiot Truck Stop.
“What’s most exciting for us is to be working with the new team at ArtsRiot,” said Trevor Sullivan, chef-owner of Pingala. “And having a presence in the South End. … I really missed doing Truck Stop this summer. In some weird, circuitous way, we’re going to be back there a [few] times a week for the rest of the summer. We’re grateful for that.”
Pingala will serve menu items from its restaurant on Mill Street, including the Chicago dog — a whole smoked carrot on a bun with “crazy delicious toppings,” Sullivan said. Other options, such as broccoli tempura, will be familiar to broccoli bar customers. Certain offerings, including the N.F.T. sandwich — that's Nashville hot-fried tofu with special sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickled veggies — will be available only at ArtsRiot.
“It’s all good stuff,” Sullivan said.
Reservations, scheduled in 90-minute blocks, are recommended for dining at ArtsRiot. Contact information will be collected in accordance with COVID-19 public health protocols and customers are required to wear face coverings when not seated at their tables.
The ArtsRiot patio will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Food will be available for outdoor dining and takeout.
"We’re definitely into being there,” Sullivan said, “because first and foremost, working with the folks involved at ArtsRiot, past and present, has brought exciting opportunities."
For Keen, the feeling is mutual. “We’re excited to work with Trevor,” she said.