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Food News: Burlington's Vermont Sandwich Co. closes; Oscar's returns; Misery Loves Co. sets up at Sneakers

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Once upon a time, Vermont Sandwich Company franchises dotted Chittenden County from Winooski to South Burlington. Over the last few years, though, they’ve slowly closed, like dominoes in slow motion.

Now, the Williston outpost is the sole survivor of the chain-that-once-was: The busy shop at the corner of Burlington’s North Winooski Avenue and Pearl Street closed its doors last week. Owner James Arpey was unavailable for comment.

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Earlier this fall, Oscars Bistro & Bar, the sleek restaurant at Williston’s Majestic 10, closed for what was slated to be a monthlong “fine-tuning.” That month has stretched to two, but by mid-November theatergoers can once again nosh on pulled-pork sliders, as well as more “family-friendly” fare of burgers and jalapeño poppers, according to a manager.

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Misery Loves Co. — the traveling dining pop-up from former Bluebird Tavern chef Aaron Josinsky, and his partners Nathaniel and Laura Wade — has settled into an ongoing Friday-night gig at Sneakers Bistro in Winooski. The cash-only “Onion City Suppers” open at 6:30 p.m. and stay open until the fare — which could include veal heart tartare and handmade linguini with clams — is gone.

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