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Heard on the Street, 4.13.22


Kismet Starts Serving Brunch at Hugo’s Bar and Grill

Recently closed Kismet and recently opened Hugo’s Bar and Grill, two popular eateries, announced they are joining forces to offer a favorite weekend meal. Hugo’s announced on their Facebook page “We are excited to partner with Kismet for Sunday Brunch!” The first brunch was scheduled to be offered April 10. Additionally, Hugo’s announced they will be offering a piano bar in the upstairs lounge beginning April 7. 

City Council to Discuss Removing Guertin Park

The Guertin Pocket Park structure — the little shelter on Main Street near Shaw’s and the Drawing Board — has generated the “highest number of police and Fire/EMS calls,” according to a recent city report. It is also the source of many public complaints related to observed behavior. (See montpelierbridge.org/2022/04/homelessness-task-force-challenge.) Staff members recommend removing this structure when conditions allow. However, there is no new location planned for the structure. The topic will be on the April 13 Montpelier City Council agenda.

Barre-Montpelier Steak House Razed

The building where the Steak House Restaurant once stood has been razed in recent days. All that remains is a flat area and a layer of stone surrounded by wire fence. If you grew up in this area, you, like me, may have celebrated a high school reunion there, or went on a special date. The Bridge learned last summer this transition has been underway for several months. The land is slated to be used for a roughly 7,000-square-foot tire sales and service building, according to Feb. 16, 2021 minutes from the Berlin Development Review Board. The new applicant, represented by Connecticut-based John Wypychoski of Town Fair Tire Center, Inc., plans to do general automobile service, including rebalancing and changing tires, oil changes, and brake work, records state. Town Fair Tire has a number of other outlets in seven other states, including Vermont, according to its website, townfairtire.com.

Montpelier Police Recover Stolen Bicycle

The Montpelier Police Department announced on their Facebook page on April 2 they recovered a stolen bicycle. “We received a report recently of a local 5th grader who had his bicycle stolen after riding it to school. We acquired details about the bike, including photographs, and sent info to all law enforcement officers in the county asking they keep an eye out for it, as we do with many investigations.” Soon after, a Vermont State Police trooper responded to say he found the bike being ridden by the suspect. He returned the bike to Montpelier the same day. And since it was covered in dirt from the 12-mile trip, Officer Hinojosa washed it down so it looked like new. The Montpelier Fire Department delivered the bike to the boy using a utility truck, since the police did not have a vehicle big enough to hold it.

—Compiled by Carla Occaso