For a while, it looked as though Miguel’s Stowe Away was going to “go away” completely. In 2006, the Church Street restaurant shut down. The following year, after 30 years on Stowe’s Mountain Road, Miguel’s Stowe Away Lodge closed its doors due to issues with the building’s landlord. But right before Christmas, Michael and Adrienne Henzel resurrected the Mexican eatery in Warren’s Sugarbush Village. Miguel’s Stowe Away Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is located in the spot formerly occupied by the Phoenix Bar & Grill.
“Miguel’s is rising from the ashes of the Phoenix,” Michael, a.k.a. “Miguel,” enthuses. Says Adrienne: “We looked at so many different places, and this place worked out so beautifully.”
Old fans will find all their favorites emerging from the kitchen, and will be pleased to learn that Miguel himself is doing much of the cooking. With only one restaurant to run and minimal involvement in the business that manufactures his namesake chips and salsa, he’s got plenty of time to whip up the eatery’s Mexican and Tex-Mex fare.
“People seem to really be enjoying the carnitas,” he says. Other popular dishes include the chipotle shrimp, chicken mole and fajitas. Empanadas are coming soon. And, of course, the drinks still aim to please, with homemade margarita mix and an assortment of fine tequilas.
Adrienne remarks that weekly specials such as “Taco Tuesdays” and “Reggae Wednesdays” are bringing in the locals, who’ve offered the eatery hearty support. “Every night there’s something for everyone, not just the people from Boston who come up to ski,” she says. To increase the community quotient, the Henzels plan to host benefit dinners for local causes and regular “music nights.”
The couple’s next steps include reopening the Stowe location. The old landlord sold the building to a friend of the Henzels, who will spend the next year renovating it. “In the end, it turned out not to be such a horror story,” Adrienne says with relief.