Fans of suburban pub grub won’t have to wait long for a new place to watch the game and munch. The South Burlington space recently vacated by Hooters will open in early November as the Vermont Sports Grill.
Owner Todd Trono is PGA general manager of the Williston Golf Club. But his partner, golf pro Ken Strifert, says the restaurant will be about more than links to links. He describes it as “modeled on sports grills where you can bring your family, like ones in South Florida.” A former chef, Trono has concocted a menu of pub classics and comfort food. Expect a selection of local draft beers, too.
The only Bosnian restaurant in downtown Burlington shut its doors for the last time on October 10. Draginja Vujanovic, co-owner of Euro Corner with her son Dalibor, says the 10- and 12-hour days wore her down.
“I didn’t have my own life,” the grandmother says. “I love my family more than any restaurant or any place.” Vujanovic adds that, while the café was profitable, it wasn’t enough so for her to keep the necessary staff of four.
However, when one door closes, another opens. The Vujanovics, who still own and operate the Winooski grocery A Taste of Europe, are ramping up production at the store’s bakery. Look for fluffy lepinja bread and buttery burek (individual meat, spinach or cheese pies) at Healthy Living, City Market and other local food purveyors.
After several stops and starts, Leelawadee in Winooski is gone for good says Niem Dong, who owns 99 Asian Market and is the daughter-in-law of Leelawadee owner Snow Dinh. Dinh could not be reached for comment. Co-owner Champ Chompupong, also of Bangkok Bistro, has left Vermont for his native Thailand.