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New Pacific Rim to Replace Sky Burgers

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Burger lovers would be well advised to get their fill of the “Pastrami Mommy,” “It Had to Be Ewe” and “Gouda Gobbler.” Burlington’s Sky Burgers will close at the end of April after three years in business.

The news may come as a surprise to diners who have seen the Church Street restaurant full on recent evenings. According to owner Stephen “Sky” Kenney, business wasn’t a problem. But when Rich Brandt of Pacific Rim Asian Café approached him about taking over the space, the timing was right.

Kenney says the restaurant’s busy schedule has left him and his family overwhelmed. “We just thought it would be best for us to let [Brandt] go with it and move on,” he says. “We were very happy when they approached us.”

Brandt was not available for comment by press time, but Burlingtonians will remember his casual Asian café, formerly at 111 St. Paul Street, which opened in 1999. It closed in 2011, when landlord Joe McNeil began renovations on the 19th-century former horse stable; butcher shop Guild Fine Meats will open in that space later this summer.

Kenney says Brandt will serve his pan-Asian fare at the new restaurant — but this won’t be your dad’s Pacific Rim. According to its entertainment-permit application, the new incarnation will have live music and DJs.

This article was titled "North Pacific" in print.