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Caribbean Buffet, Flatbread Factory & Taproom Closing; Vermont Wines Win Awards

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Published September 11, 2013 at 6:54 a.m.


Last week, we announced that the very busy Patrick Brown would close his 23-year-old Caribbean Buffet by the end of the month. He has now announced that his final day will be this Saturday, September 14.

“I will be there through the end of September but need time to dispose of everything,” Brown explains. Lovers of the world’s most-consumed meat should be on notice: Curried goat will grace the buffet Friday and Saturday.


After three years of serving up pizzas and beer, Shelburne’s Flatbread Factory & Taproom on Route 7 has closed its doors. Taking its place in the Shelburne Bay Plaza is a pub called Town Tavern, which opened in late August. Its taps dispense such libations as Single Chair Ale by Magic Hat Brewing Company, Rock Art Brewery Pilsner and Rookie’s Root Beer, while the kitchen serves burgers, nachos, wings, salads and sandwiches such as a turkey Reuben and a portobello panini.


Vermont’s craft beers may command worldwide attention, but our wines are not far behind. For the third year in a row, a wine from Shelburne Vineyard cleaned up at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition. The 2011 Marquette Reserve, which winemaker Ken Albert barrel ages for 16 months, beat out hundreds of wines from across the country to take home the Best Red Wine of Show honor. The winery, founded by Albert and his wife, Gail, in 1998, also won a silver medal for its Whimsey Meadow Rosé and a bronze for its Louise Swenson.

Other Vermont winners include Burlington’s East Shore Vineyard — with four silvers and a bronze — and Cambridge’s Boyden Valley Winery, which took home a bronze medal for its Vermont Ice Cider.