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Side Dishes: Nunyuns on temporary hiatus


Published November 12, 2008 at 7:27 p.m.

The raspberry thumbprints, peanut butter brownies and savory bacon popovers were working their magic. Finally, after months of construction and regulatory delays, Nunyuns started serving up a.m. eats a few weeks ago in the space formerly occupied by Scrumptious, on the corner of North Champlain and North Streets in Burlington’s Old North End.

But the restaurant’s opening was not just “soft” — it was illegal. Last Friday, when “Beaver Pond” resident Bob Bolyard popped over to Nunyuns to grab something to eat, he saw an unusual sign in the window: “Closed . . . The law caught up to us.”

What the —? According to co-owner Kristine Harbour, the eatery is still waiting for its wastewater permit to come through. In the meantime, the Vermont Department of Health asked Harbour and partner Paul Bonelli to close the place.

After weathering a lengthy permitting process — and a costly conflict with a contractor — Harbour and Bonelli felt a pressing need to get the resto open and were hoping to fly under the radar until they got the official OK.

But it wasn’t to be. “Word travels fast,” Harbour admits, noting that “somebody had posted something on Front Porch Forum.” She expects the restaurant will be open again, legally, in just a few days.