Food bites

News and notes from the Windham County restaurant scene

Elliot Street Café closed for renovations

The Elliot Street Café at 134 Elliot St. in Brattleboro closed on Dec. 22 for renovations.

Dr. Becky Jones, who calls herself the “owner, operator, and number-one fan of ESC,” said that she has “been so happy to be able to offer Brattleboro and our little neighborhood for the past 4½ years our delicious tacos, huevos, and hash browns.”

“We have had great art shows, ping-pong games and book signings, not to mention conversations; 350Vermont, Vermont Workers Center and Post Oil [Solutions] meetings; and have been happy to be part of the BEAN [Brattleboro Essential Arts Network] dinners at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.”

The café will be close in January and February, and Jones said when it reopens, “it will be under the management of the brilliant and inspired Cory Bretton.”

Ramunto's coming to Brattleboro

Work continues on the former Bickford's Family Restaurant on 1111 Putney Rd., which will soon be the new home for Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza.

Ramunto's is a franchise restaurant chain serving New York-style pizza with locations in Keene, Claremont, West Lebanon, and Newport in New Hampshire, and Bennington, Quechee, St. Johnsbury, and Williston in Vermont.

The building, which started its life as a Howard Johnson's when it was built in the 1940s, was remodeled and expanded in the 1960s, and was extensively damaged in a July 1972 fire.

After Howard Johnson's closed in the early 1990s, it became a Bickford's until that restaurant closed abruptly in 2011.

The restaurant in Brattleboro is expected to open later this winter.

Superfresh plans reopening

Superfresh Organic Café will reopen for brunch on Saturday, Jan. 18 at its new location, 30 Main St. in Brattleboro, previously the location of Little City Baking Company.

The restaurant had operated as part of Equilibrium at 14 Elm St.

Under the management of Executive Chef Jessica Weston and Raw Food Chef Eden Love, the restaurant will offer vegetarian (soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free) fare.

Mexican food downtown

Under the leadership of Chef Matthew Blau, owner of Fireworks Brattleboro and Fireworks Keene, Milagros Mexican Kitchen will open at 97 Main St., Brattleboro (the former site of Barnaby's and Rocky Top Tavern).

According to a Facebook post, the new venture “will offer the freshest, finest Latin food at a price everyone can afford.”

The space has been undergoing demolition and remodeling. The restaurant anticipates opening in early February.

Blue Moose to move

The Blue Moose, currently at 29 High St., Brattleboro, will begin serving its Italian-inspired fare at 39 Main St., the space now occupied by Brattleboro Cheese.

At press time, the Selectboard, in its capacity as town liquor commissioners, are expected to approve the transfer of the restaurant's current beer and wine license to the new location.

According to a memo to the board from Town Clerk Annette Cappy, Blue Moose owners Paul Faust and Ken Flutie plan to close the retail part of the business.

Cheesemonger Wendy M. Levy has been exploring options to maintain a presence in the area.

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