Garden of Eatin

Sept. 11, 2008
By Tim Simard
Observer staff

The Garden of Eatin’ Café in Taft Corners will soon expand its business to the Church Street Marketplace in downtown Burlington. Owner Brian Stone hopes the café can bring its soups to the outdoor shopping center within a month.

The Garden of Eatin’ in Burlington will be located in the small, 126-square-foot kiosk on the corner of Church and College streets, where Klinger’s Bakery had a location until June.

Stone said the Williston location, at the Four Seasons Garden Center and new Gardener’s Supply Company Outlet, would remain.

Stone said he sent a proposal to the marketplace’s management soon after he heard Klinger’s was leaving and was notified last week his business was chosen from among 12 applicants.

Stone, who owned Anything’s Pastable in downtown Burlington for 10 years, said he’s familiar with the workings of Church Street and said the marketplace will be the perfect spot to try out his “prototype” for a new franchise.

“It is the Garden of Eatin’ per se, but with a different concept,” Stone said.

According to Stone, the future franchise would focus on soups, but with a community connection. For each bowl of soup sold at the Church Street kiosk, another bowl will be donated to area food shelves, homeless shelters and churches, Stone said.

“It’ll be something of a community soup kitchen,” he added.

The Burlington location will also feature different panini grilled cheese sandwiches to go along with the soups. Stone is also toying with the idea of adding creemees and cold summer soups during the warmer months. He did say plans were still in the “infancy stages” and could change.

Stone said the gourmet sandwiches available at its Williston location would not be available in Burlington because of space issues. He added the soups would be made in Williston and transported to Church Street.

Stone plans to revamp and update the kiosk with new tiling, awnings and artwork for the windows. He also plans to remodel the inside to better suit the café’s needs.

Stone said he’s very much looking forward to the future of his Williston café in Burlington.

“I think the soups will do real well in the downtown,” he said.