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Side Dishes: Don Pedro's closes; Grand Buffet expands; New pizzeria in Woodstock


Headed to Winooski to take the El Diablo Challenge? Better make other plans. It’s been dark inside Don Pedro’s Taqueria since July 14.

A sign dashed off in pencil warns potential guests, “Closed until further notice!”

But other signs indicate there will be no further notice. The restaurant’s phone line has been disconnected, and owner Pierre Mesa has not answered phone calls or emails.

The restaurant lasted just less than a year from its August 11, 2011 opening.


Burlington fans of Grand Buffet in Essex will soon have a shorter drive. A new outpost of the popular Chinese buffet will open on July 29 in the Williston Road spot in South Burlington where Blockbuster closed last year. Owner Lina Li says diners can expect the same wide variety of all-you-can-eat dishes, from crab legs and sushi to barbecue ribs to steak.


Woodstock’s Central Street has gained a new pizzeria: Pi Brick Oven Trattoria, which opened last Friday. “We’re just doing pizzas and salads for now,” says owner Stacey Velardi, who also owns the Daily Grind down the street and a few other businesses. For now, Pi is only serving dinner on weekends, though hours and offerings will expand in coming weeks.