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Side Dishes: Lunch, brunch and late-night fare at Bluebird Tavern's new location

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On Friday, Bluebird Tavern shut the doors of its two-and-a-half-year-old Riverside Avenue location in Burlington. Devotees won’t have to wait long before digging into poutine and mussels again. The restaurant reopens at 86 Saint Paul Street next week. Owner Sue Bette hadn’t solidified a specific opening date by press time.

The restaurant will intially find its footing with a dinner menu that Bette says will “investigate a style of New England cuisine.” That includes expanded cold and cured seafood offerings and what Bette calls a “beef section” featuring à la carte steakhouse specialties. “After-work” and late-night menus will enhance what Bette hopes will be a newly booming bar scene. Folks will be able to munch on burgers, cheese plates and other classic Bluebird fare until midnight, seven days a week.

In the restaurant’s second week, it will start serving lunch at 11 a.m., with brunch at 10 a.m. on weekends. “We’re really focused on offering a simple but elegant lunch,” says Bette. “There will be a lot of the elements out of the dinner menu, plus simple baguette sandwiches and pressed sandwiches.”

For the daytime weekend scene, Bette envisions “a relaxing brunch over a copy of the New York Times and meeting up with friends.” Cocktails will give it a kick; the restaurateur says her bar staff is hard at work on an eclectic drink menu just for the morning meal. Traditionalists will find New England-influenced egg and waffle dishes, while more adventurous diners will be able to dig into the raw bar. A full week, indeed.

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