Wendy Piotrowski didn't have to go far to find the perfect spot for her new business. The former owner of Patra Café at 9 Center Street in Burlington and her partner, Andrew Machanic, will open Swingin' Pinwheel Café & Bakery just next door at 11 Center Street, in the former Ken's Golf Shop. The pair is currently working on renovations to add a kitchen to the space, with a plan to open in June.
Despite the Swingin' Pinwheel's geographic proximity to the Patra space (now Revolution Kitchen), its offerings will be miles away from the bubble tea Piotrowski served at her former café. Machanic, a New England Culinary Institute grad and former Christophe's on the Green sous-chef, has spent much of his career cooking at guest ranches out west, so a western theme will inform the café. "We're going to have a twist on traditional breakfast and lunch fare," says Piotrowski.
Machanic also specializes in European pastries, but don't expect him to adhere too closely to tradition. His popovers will be stuffed, breakfast-sandwich-style. Morning diners will also be able to choose from sweet and savory oatmeals. At lunch, Machanic will introduce Burlington to the wafflini, which Piotrowski describes as a flaky "waffle pocket" with fillings such as maple, bacon and brie.
Drink specialist Piotrowski plans to have fun with the western theme, she says. That means serving cowboy coffee, "a strong, smoky" sip made by heating coarse grounds campfire-style right in the pot.
Once open, the Swingin' Pinwheel will serve breakfast and lunch every day but Monday. On Saturday evenings, Center Street's western flavor will intensify with country swing nights.