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Skinny Pancake Opens at Shelburne Museum

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The Skinny Pancake, which started in the summer of 2003 as a crêpe cart on Burlington's Church Street, will open a branch in early June at one of Vermont's premier locations: Shelburne Museum.

Benjy Adler, who owns the business with his brother, Jonny, said the crêpe restaurant and affiliated vendors will form a local food court at the museum, including a kiosk serving Skinny Pancake crêpes; a Chubby Muffin snack shack offering burgers, hot dogs and panini; and a creemee stand.

"We will embellish on the Chubby Muffin [creemee] program to capture that Vermont creemee mystique," Benjy Adler said, referring to his café in Burlington's Old North End.

The nature of the museum space is well suited to creating a dining area with discrete options, as opposed to building a Skinny Pancake restaurant there, Adler said. "It's a big space, which is why we said we want to create an experience here. We felt we needed to diversify."

Shelburne Museum will be the Skinny Pancake's ninth location, including the Church Street cart. The seasonal business will complement Skinny outposts at Sugarbush Resort and Stowe Mountain Resort, and keep an estimated $50,000 in the local food economy, Adler said.

"The location has historically sourced all of its food straight off the distributor truck," he said. "We can redirect that purchase power locally."

The food court will open the first week in June and "ramp up" to be fully operational by early July, Adler said. After closing on October 31, it will open for next year's season on May 1.


The original print version of this article was headlined "Crêpes and Quilts"

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