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Side Dishes: One American Bistro replaces another


The restaurant door is revolving at Colchester’s Dragonfly Café. Last Sunday, the eatery shut down for good. Less than 48 hours later, Sophie’s American Bistro opened. “We just kind of closed for a day and a half, so people wouldn’t be having lunch while someone was lugging sheetrock around,” jokes new owner Kim Ireland.

Ireland says Dragonfly owner Ginny St. John, who was director of surgery at Fletcher Allen before opening the restaurant, has returned to the health care field. Ireland has retained the Dragonfly’s chef and, for now, there are few changes to the menu. She recommends the chicken Marsala as “always excellent” and calls the shepherd’s pie a big hit. One improvement: more homemade soups each day. “We’re trying to create an identity,” says Ireland, who says to expect more additions of “American food with a gourmet twist” once the restaurant is established.

Diners looking for something out of the ordinary should check out brunch. The restaurant, which Ireland named for her youngest daughter, will serve a.m. eats accompanied by live piano music. An official reopening celebration is coming.