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New Year, New Restaurants, and One Less Market

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Since Lisa Curtis opened Sweet Simone's on Friday, January 9, she's had a problem. She can't keep her new full-scale Richmond bakery stocked with homemade bagels. The scones have been going fast, too. And the New York-style crumb cake.

"Actually, it's everything," Curtis admits. "I can't keep the case filled. We're doing much more than we ever did before."

The "before" is a reference to her bakery in Waitsfield, which shares space with Scout's Honor ice cream as the Sweet Spot. Curtis still wholesales her baked goods there but now prepares everything at her bigger bakery in Richmond. (She has the same address in both towns: 40 Bridge Street.)

The 20-seat Sweet Simone's serves a roster of coffee drinks, including lattes, cappuccinos and a maple mocha, all using beans roasted by Starksboro's Awake. Besides the aforementioned pastries, Curtis' wares include homemade Oreos, granola bars and 4-inch pies in flavors including lemon meringue, chocolate cream and honey-goat-cheese-and-fig.

— A.L.

Since the new year began, readers have been asking about the status of 99 Asian Market & Eatery at 242-244 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Recently the space has gone dark, with no sign to inform customers of its fate.

Owner Niem Duong has let Seven Days know via email that she is in the process of turning her inventory over to Winooski's Central Market (Asian Market). "The building is being sold to Redstone and we were not able to find a good lease agreement with the new owner, so we have made the decision to close," Duong writes. She adds that she's not sure what her next move will be.

— A.L.

Just 10 months after opening their ice cream and coffee shop on North Avenue in Burlington, Scout & Company owners Andrew Burke and Tom Green are expanding to Winooski. They've taken over the former Block Gallery space at 1 East Allen Street and hope to open the new café by month's end, Burke tells Seven Days.

As in Burlington, the new outpost will serve coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee and Brio Coffeeworks (which opened in Burlington last fall). The menu will also feature beans roasted in-house by former Pistou general manager Ian Bailey, whose new roasting operation will share the space. Burke says that serving Bailey's roasts will offer a "more intimate [coffee] experience" than the one available on North Avenue.

Food offerings will include Scout & Company ice cream and healthy, breakfast-y snacks such as chia porridge, Burke says. Pastry offerings remain TBD. Scout's Burlington café offers fabulous doughnuts from dessert whiz Ren Weiner, and other baked goods from her former employer, Misery Loves Company.

As reported before the holidays, Istanbul Kebab House has completed its move from Essex to Burlington. The restaurant made its Church Street debut on January 7, serving kebabs with a variety of meats, as well as traditional Turkish fare.

In Waitsfield, Matt Sargent's Phantom restaurant has completed its first week of service at 112 Mad River Green. Rather than rest on his laurels, the zealous chef is already changing things up. "The menu changed [three] times during the [past] week," Sargent wrote on Phantom's Facebook page on Sunday. Now, he continued, "I'm going down the Latin path of lunacy ... I just figure, what the hell. I'm 50, I've had the 30-year building career, I'm playing now." Cheers to keeping things fresh.

— H.P.E.

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