What happened to Pangea Fine Dining? | Opinion

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Let’s cut to the chase: Pangea’s Fine Dining restaurant did not survive the pandemic. We never intended to say goodbye to him, but we had to be always on our guard for the past two years. With each pivot we made, and observing what our little village needed, it became clear that Pangea Fine Dining, as we knew and loved it, could not return.

At the end of 2020, we partnered with Angelica, owner/founder of Roasted Bean Espresso Bar, and experimented with running a café by day and a restaurant by night in the same space. However, with the success of Angelica and our limited space, we quickly realized we needed a different approach. We are therefore committed to operating this space only as a café. We’ve done some renovations, changed some furniture, and made it a cozy and comfortable everyday hangout for locals, students, families, and those just passing through. The cafe is more successful than we could have ever imagined, offering high quality coffee drinks, pastries, breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

This was the official end of this space housing our Fine Dining restaurant – the official end of Pangea Fine Dining. It was a difficult and painful decision, as Nick and I had put our hearts and souls into this restaurant, like many others, and with the loss of our friend and Pangea founder Bill Scully in 2020, it was doubly heartbreaking to say goodbye. But time and circumstances require a change.

This decision allowed us to focus our attention on the more casual restaurant next door, formerly known as “The Lounge”. Pangea is delighted to continue to offer dinners five nights a week, with a dynamic menu focused on quality, locally sourced ingredients and weekend specials ranging from pub grub to high-end dishes. We are revamping our wine program to bring truly spectacular wines into your daily routine. We look forward to a future of possible pop-ups with different chefs and different cooking styles, to provide our customer base with exciting variety. We pride ourselves on providing space for regular casual get-togethers and special occasions.

Not only do we still offer casual and delicious dining five nights a week, as well as breakfast and lunch seven days a week, but the Pangea team recently embarked on the re-opening of the Powers Market just across the square and plans to restore it to glory. days of a classic Vermont grocery and butcher shop. Nick and I (owners of Pangea) and Sarah Kipper are hard at work cleaning up, working with local farms and artisans to stock the shelves and reopen the doors to Powers by summer of this year! We have big plans for its future as a community center, as well as a one-stop-shop for almost all of your grocery needs.

At this time, we are grateful to have succeeded thus far with the support of our community and our staff, grateful for the opportunities to fill the spaces of our village with love and joy and service that people want and what they need, grateful for the patience and understanding of people who can get something different from what they expected.

So, no, Pangea is no longer the fine dining French restaurant that some are used to, but we are proud to have weathered this storm and proud of what we have to offer – great food, great drinks and great company.

Lani DePointe-Disorda is one of the owners of Pangea Fine Dining.

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