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- Franke Salese Jr.
Renovations are in progress at the former home of Gracie's, which will become Junior's at Stowe. "I've loved that location for a long time," says new tenant Franke Salese Jr., who will rent the space with the option to buy.
Chittenden County residents will recognize Salese's name. Currently he owns Junior's Italian in Colchester and Junior's Downtown and Junior's Rustico in Burlington. So the Stowe location is his fourth Vermont restaurant.
At Junior's at Stowe, visitors will find wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta, sandwiches, calzones, salads and Italian entrées such as chicken Parmesan. Salese says the restaurant will have a cozy, comfortable, mountain feel — the space has two fireplaces, he notes.
Salese hopes to open the 75-seat restaurant in early July and operate it year-round. Any more future plans for the Junior's empire? "This is my main project for now," he says.