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Breakfast Hot Spot Coming to Former Burlington Location of Mirabelles Bakery


Published July 22, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

Travis Walker-Hodkin (left), Allan Walker-Hodkin and BMO - COURTESY
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  • Travis Walker-Hodkin (left), Allan Walker-Hodkin and BMO
A pair of thirtysomething brothers from New York City will open a Burlington breakfast spot at 198 Main Street, the former location of Mirabelles Bakery. Allan Walker-Hodkin and Travis Walker-Hodkin hope to launch the Café HOT.  with takeout service by early September. (The restaurant's name concludes with a period. "We're very precious about our name," Travis acknowledged with a laugh.)

The menu will include breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos and espresso drinks offered through a new to-go window from 7 a.m. to early afternoon. The brothers said they might expand to offer other meals depending on feedback; they'll add seating once they are up and running.

Breakfast "is a meal we feel very strongly about," Allan said. "It's also something that we can tackle with just the two of us." They hope to bake their own milk buns and will combine local staples such as cheese and eggs with embellishments such as Allan's signature chile oil and roasted poblano peppers. "We got some plans on biscuits, too," Travis said.

Allan spent 20 years working in New York for notable chefs, including Marc Meyer of Five Points and Cookshop and Ginger Pierce, former executive chef at Jams. From his first restaurant job, "I was just magnetized to the kitchen," Allan said.

The brothers grew up in Long Island, but their ties to Vermont go back to great-grandparents who lived in Montpelier. Allan and his wife moved to the state from Brooklyn in November 2020. Travis and his partner followed from Queens in early 2021. They were growing weary of big-city life, said Travis, whose career as a producer of commercials and music videos was hit hard by the pandemic.

"For as long as I've known him, he's always wanted to partner on things," Travis said of his older brother. "This is the opportunity to work together."