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    Quote Originally Posted by VTKilarney View Post

    I've never understood why there are so many casual restaurants in Lyndon, and also why nothing nicer has been able to make a go of it.
    It's the market (or lack thereof).
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTKilarney View Post
    There was recently one chef who tried something slightly more upscale in Lyndon. He was the owner of Timbuktu's. He had some genuine talent. And it went over like a lead balloon. He had to dumb down the menu, and then he was just one of the herd. The restaurant eventually closed.
    I know that chef quite well and it is too bad it didn't work out for him. I had discussions with him about how many restaurants there are in the area and how hard it is to break into that market and be successful.
    IMHO, the biggest problem for "Upscale" in Lyndonville is there isn't a very large pool of upper middle class/upper class people in town. Most of the wealthier folks are in the surrounding towns (Danville, Newark, Burke). St Johnsbury has a pretty good base of wealthy that is made up of old money and new money (NVRH doctors,etc). Add to that the general tastes in Lyndonville tend to lean toward diner style foods and upscale struggles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTKilarney View Post
    I've always been underwhelmed by Juniper's, although I keep rooting for them.
    Juniper's and that whole operation have as of late had some serious issues related to a couple management decisions that got them some very bad press and embroiled them in at least two separate lawsuits. Locals know what I am talking about. It's too bad because they've been longtime members of the community and have invested a lot of money into the place. And it was run pretty well.
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    this..."in Lyndonville is there isn't a very large pool of upper middle class/upper class people in town."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    this..."in Lyndonville is there isn't a very large pool of upper middle class/upper class people in town."
    Yep, exactly. That is my point.
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  6. #2136
    Quote Originally Posted by from_the_NEK View Post
    In related news:
    The Trout River Brewery is closed (as of Nov 1st).
    Not shocking. Trout River beer was subpar, and it's getting tougher and tougher to get away with "subpar" beer these days with all the outstanding offerings and quality upstarts.



    I'm looking at you, Long Trail Brewing Company.
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    It just dawned on me after looking at that logo 100 times that the circle around the bear thing is actually not a circle, but a 'Q'.

    It's so barely visible/detectible as the letter 'Q' that it almost makes me wonder if they went with a local graphic design company that tried to minimize the 'Q' as much as possible. LOL
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    Long Trail will be just fine. I don't ever see them closing down. They are probably the largest "microbrewery" in New England next to Harpoon. Some of their small batch brews are pretty darn good too.

    LT Ale while not first class, is an easy drinking every day Ale and I still buy it from time to time when I'm looking for a cheap six pack. They at least price it accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    It just dawned on me after looking at that logo 100 times that the circle around the bear thing is actually not a circle, but a 'Q'.
    I have to confess that it took me several months to notice that as well. Not that I am complaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    Not shocking. Trout River beer was subpar, and it's getting tougher and tougher to get away with "subpar" beer these days with all the outstanding offerings and quality upstarts.

    I'm looking at you, Long Trail Brewing Company.
    In its heyday it was relatively good. Trout River was one of the first micro-brews that sprang up in the mid-90's. They had a solid product with Rainbow Red. They released some other pretty decent beers as well. However, the last couple of years the quality really started slipping. I think the owner just got tired of trying to keep up with the pack once the market started rounding out with, as you say, "quality upstarts" like Hill Farmstead.

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