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New Restaurateurs to Open Gastropub in Shelburne


Tina and John Helzer - COURTESY OF PEG & TER'S
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  • Tina and John Helzer

When the original, long-loved Café Shelburne closed at 5573 Shelburne Road in 2013, it left a big hole in the town's dining scene. An immediate reboot under new ownership failed within months, and the excellent Taverna Khione, which took over the location in early 2014, was also short lived. Now, Charlotte residents John and Tina Helzer are hoping that their forthcoming gastropub, Peg & Ter's, will fill the void.

The casual spot is named for Tina's parents, Peggy and Terry Thatcher, John Helzer told Seven Days. "They were always ready with a smile and a cocktail at 5 p.m.," he said. "They loved to host dinner parties." The Helzers are "trying to embody that spirit and bring it to Shelburne."

Terry and Peggy Thatcher - COURTESY OF PEG & TER'S
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  • Terry and Peggy Thatcher

Helzer is a Charlotte native who worked at various wine shops and bars in New York City and at Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar as it moved from its Battery Street retail location to its new quarters on Pine Street.

In the gastropub's kitchen is chef Cory Perkins, who cooked at Lucky's Lounge and Harpoon Brewery in Boston, then at Twin Farms in Barnard. At Peg & Ter's, he'll cook dressed-up locavore bar food, Helzer said, including burgers, pulled-pork sandwiches and thoughtfully curated cheese-and-charcuterie spreads.

Helzer plans to curate the wine list with an eye toward natural winemaking and small, family-run wineries, he said, while barman Jesse Luberoff (recently of Leunig's Bistro & Café, Mule Bar and the Great Northern) will craft cocktails with Vermont-made and artisan spirits. Local and craft brews will flow through eight draftlines.

Peg & Ter's will open for dinner in mid or late June if all goes well, Helzer said, with eventual lunch and brunch to follow.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Polished Pub"