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Side Dishes: Three Needs migrates to the former Parima space

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After 17 years in its sometimes-tight space on Burlington’s College Street, Three Needs has closed its doors. On Tuesday, after a two-day hiatus, the popular brewpub reopened in the cavernous former Parima space on Pearl Street.

Though Parima was known for its ornate lighting and live music shows, the mood inside the relocated Three Needs will be “much the same” as on College Street, said owner Glenn Walter, who lost his lease last fall. Because the Pearl Street space offers triple the capacity of the old pub, “people don’t need to wait in line anymore,” said Walter. Three Needs’ line of ales will still be brewed on College Street until the brewery is moved over, probably within a few months, he added.

Inside the new Three Needs this past Monday, employees and friends were busy hanging art and re-creating the pub’s low-key vibe. “We peeled away all of the makeup,” said Walter. Behind the bar, there will still be seven guest and five house taps, but the “top shelf” will gradually grow more local with the addition of a raft of Vermont spirits, such as Dunc’s Mill Gin and Green Mountain Distillers Sunshine Vodka.

The room’s center is anchored by two pool tables, surrounded by copious elbow room; tucked in one corner is the pinball machine. The art-deco Wright Room — Parima’s former Acoustic Lounge — will be transformed into a lounge and piano bar within the year, said Walter. Until then, it’s available for private events.

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