It’s been just half a year since Farah’s Place started serving Persian food on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Now owner Farah Oberlender is expanding. On November 27 or 28, she will open a satellite location inside continental food shop A Taste of Europe, right across from Costco in Colchester.
The store’s owner, Dalibor Vujanovic, supplies Farah’s Place with its fluffy sandwich bread. When Vujanovic decided that he and his mother, Draginja, were too busy with their baking and retail to run the store’s café properly, Oberlender jumped at the opportunity to rent it, she says. She’ll send over appetizers and salads from her restaurant, such as eggplant dips and hummus. Besides her popular falafel, the sandwiches at Taste of Europe will include spiced-egg fillings not available at Farah’s Place.
To start, says Oberlender, the café will serve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but it may stay open ’til dinnertime if there’s demand. In the weeks to come, Oberlender’s staff will begin making Vujanovic’s Bosnian-style sandwiches along with their own. And, in a true cultural exchange, Draginja Vujanovic’s creamy European cakes will soon be available to end meals at Farah’s Place.
One Love Market, which opened in Burlington’s South End this spring, will close on November 28. Manager Joe Davison says the market’s owner has been on the lookout for a space that accommodates a bigger deli and a reduced market area. The market will reopen in a new spot a few blocks north in February.
Sophie’s American Bistro, which opened last year in Colchester’s Severance Corners, closed early last week. The website reports that a new owner will open a restaurant in the space in January.