Man Seeks MJ Friday’s Italian Dressing RecipeGordon Miller, of Colchester, wants to know if anyone from the area knows the recipe for the house Italian dressing served at the once-popular but now defunct MJ Friday’s restaurant, which was located on the second floor in the building across from city hall in Montpelier in the mid to late 1970s. Our own local historian, Paul Carnahan, is on the case, but if you see this notice and you know the recipe, please email it to email@example.com.
The Social Restaurant Closes; Now Catering OnlyThe Social, located at the historic Inn at Montpelier, has closed as a full-service restaurant and is now exclusively a high-end catering venue. Opened to local fanfare in May 2021; reviews praised being able to dine alfresco on the spacious veranda and their congenial service, but also hint of a decline in momentum as the cold weather set in. Things could still change next year — the online review website Yelp states: “The Social is temporarily closed. Scheduled to reopen on May 1, 2023,” but a phone call to the Inn has confirmed that a return to restaurant status is unlikely.
Montpelier Police to Get Bias TrainingThe Montpelier Police Department will serve as a pilot site for “Managing Bias” training in partnership with an independent nonprofit research and analysis organization in Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office. Officers from Barre City, Barre Town, Northfield, Berlin, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Capitol Police will join the training, starting this fall.
County Road Construction Causes HeadachesCalling it a “fiasco,” Stephen Kroll of Haggett Road in East Montpelier took to social media about this summer’s road construction on the County Road in East Montpelier. Kroll wrote on Front Porch Forum the surface is so bad that sharp stones tore his wife’s tires. Others posted similar stories as well. Relief is in sight, but not for weeks. One of the contractors, Blue Mountain Trucking and Excavating, has experienced delays, according to East Montpelier road foreman Guthrie Perry as reported to the select board during their August 22 meeting. The meeting minutes state that Perry told the board the digging (of culverts) won’t start until after Labor Day weekend. Paving could begin after that.
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