Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Montpelier as the City’s Restaurants Rebuild

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Published September 5, 2023 at 2:21 p.m.

Our occasional series “Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner” recommends a day’s worth of meals in one Vermont city or town. Shortly after July flooding inundated downtown Montpelier, I spent a different kind of day walking from one wrecked restaurant to the next and talking with shell-shocked owners who were just beginning to grapple with the financial and psychological toll of rebuilding.

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None of them was close to being able to serve a meal. It was hard to project when a visitor to the capital would again have the chance to sip steaming soup fragrant with basil at Pho Capital, grab a sub piled with house-roasted beef at Yellow Mustard Deli & Sandwich Shop, sit down for an elegant dinner at Oakes & Evelyn, or grab a beer at Three Penny Taproom.

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