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Chef Brad's Crazy Side to Open in Quechee


Published October 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated October 24, 2016 at 10:58 a.m.

Chef Brad's Crazy Side
  • Chef Brad's Crazy Side

Fans of the fluorescent food truck Chef Brad's Crazy Side will soon be able to find chef Brad Pirkey's "crazy side" in a new location — a storefront at 1 Quechee Main Street.

After 15 years as the chef at Z Corners Inn, Pirkey left Bridgewater Corners to drive across country in search of culinary inspiration. The funky seaside eateries of the West Coast stuck in his mind, he says. When homesickness brought him back to Vermont, he took the ethos of a coastal beach stop with him, opening his tropical-hued food truck in June 2012.

"I called [the truck] my 'Crazy Side' because everyone thought I was nuts for doing it," says Pirkey. "I had 22 years of fine-dining education, but eventually I started looking for different ventures."

The new Chef Brad's Crazy Side, which Pirkey aims to open the second week in November, will serve breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Saturday, plus "full-on" Sunday brunch. The menu, like the food truck's, will feature healthy, California-style fare — "like a coastal oasis within Vermont," says Pirkey.

Homemade soups, sandwiches, tacos, burritos and breakfast staples will be filled with "as much local product as I can get my hands on," Pirkey adds. "A buddy in Boston" will offer a direct supply of fresh seafood. Made-from-scratch desserts such as profiteroles, crème brûlée and white chocolate panna cotta will spotlight the chef's culinary training.

No need to worry about the fate of the food truck and its adjoining American-flag-bedecked school bus — during the summer months, Pirkey plans to park his mobile eatery outside the new restaurant. Though the bus is no longer needed as indoor seating, he says it will gain a second life as an on-site ice cream truck.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Crazy Side to Quechee"