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The Scale House Brings Fresh Fish to Hardwick


Published July 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Courtesy of the Scale House

The Hardwick area of the Northeast Kingdom is known for producing top-notch food and drink, from the vegetables grown at Pete's Greens in Craftsbury to the cheese and beer made at Jasper Hill Farm and Hill Farmstead Brewery, respectively, in Greensboro.

But seafood isn't so readily available, and part-time resident Sven Olson recognized the void. Last week he opened the Scale House in Hardwick.

Olson, 51, who lives in East Hardwick and Concord, Mass., runs a "dock-to-door" company called svenfish that picks up fresh fish from the docks of New Bedford, Mass., and delivers it to homes in the Boston area.

"We constantly have fresh fish from the docks of New Bedford," Olson explained, "and the trucks and the supply chain to get it."

Last summer, he started selling that fish at the weekly farmers market in Hardwick. After the market closed, Olson hosted pop-up fish dinners at Havana 802, a since-closed Cuban restaurant at 41 South Main Street. Now the Scale House occupies that location.

The restaurant serves fresh fish from the Massachusetts docks, as well as farm-to-table fare. Chef Nadav Mille attended the Culinary Institute of America and received a degree in sustainable food systems from Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Olson said. He added that Mille, who has lived in Israel, is integrating Mediterranean flavors into his menu. Don Horrigan, formerly of Topnotch Resort and Edson Hill in Stowe, is the bar manager.

Despite the sourcing of his fish, Olson said he is "not trying to be a seafood restaurant."

"We're a bar that has really good food," he said.

The Scale House opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with an expanded schedule to come later this summer.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Seaside in the NEK"