- Courtesy Of Kismet
- Grain bowl from Kizy
Albert Einstein said, "If you want to know the future, look at the past." At 207 Barre Street in Montpelier, Kismet owner Crystal Maderia is getting back to her roots with Kizy. The new café and juice bar will open in the space most recently home to Beau butcher shop, which closed earlier this year.
By day, the storefront will operate as a full-service breakfast and lunch spot with a retail component. Longtime Kismet regulars and Beau fans may recognize many plates on the menu, including pesto-rye tartines with avocado or cheese; grain bowls with veggies, seeds and pickles; noodle-y broth bowls; coddled eggs; and smoked veggie hash.
"This is the original space for Kismet," Maderia said, "so we are bringing back some of those original items."
To drink? Organic juices, cold-pressed to order, along with teas and "wholesome lattes" made with coconut milk, oat milk or organic cow's milk from Rogers Farmstead. These swing from traditional coffee lattes, with Brio Coffeeworks espresso, to health-giving blends of turmeric and bee pollen, matcha and spirulina, or roasted dandelion root.
As at Kismet, most everything will be handmade with local, organic meats and produce and available sans gluten. "We try to have everything be gluten free if we can," Maderia said, explaining that her son has celiac disease.
Visitors can take lunch or dinner to go: Coolers will hold grab-and-go salads, broths and grain bowls; among the frozen offerings will be handmade stuffed pastas, bread puddings packaged in oven-safe containers, and prepared meats.
When Kizy is closed to the public, the space will serve as a community kitchen in which farmers and local food businesses can process their output or create value-added products.
If all goes according to plan, Kizy will open for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Friday, on December 13.