In a 1746 letter to his son, British statesman Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield advised, “Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.” This adage holds true today and is evidenced by the renovation work and investment Tony and Andrea McGowan have undertaken for their new business The Orange Rind in East Burke Village.

The interior work is complete, the concrete patio for the gazebo is set, now the finishing touches to the exterior and final decisions on the menu are remaining.

Andrea said, “We are aiming for a soft opening in June, specific date is to be determined. We want everything ready and in place when we open. Right now we are accepting applications for positions available during our season June through October.”

Andrea shared that they’ve been coming to Vermont for mountain biking the past six years with greater frequency, often staying at Doug Clarnar’s Burke Bike Barn. While biking they were impressed by the friendly local reception which helped them develop an affinity for the Northeast Kingdom. After building a home in the area Andrea and Tony were convinced they needed another reason to entice their children, in their 20s, to spend more time with the family in Vermont. Their daughter, Stephanie McGowan, has developed the menu and is instrumental in the new business. The Orange Rind will offer smoothies, cocktails and more.

For additional information, The Orange Rind located at 427 VT Route 114, East Burke; 954-579-4542

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There is an exciting development happening at 2211 Route 2 East in Danville as the ground was broken and the beams are being raised for a brewery with a tasting-growler fill room operated by Red Barn Brewing. The new site development is a joint venture by property owners Steve Larrabee and Kirk Fenoff.

The result will be a 50’ x 80’ building with 24 parking spaces. As Steve and Kirk strive to enlist local businesses they’ve contracted Trevor Bunnell for the building construction. Steve shared that about two years ago the owners of Red Barn Brewing approached him about renting a building along Joe’s Pond.

Steve said that building wasn’t a good fit for their business and they discussed other locations. Kirk and Steve owned land on Route 2 and started discussions with Red Barn Brewing owners Peter McAlenney and Jeremy McMullen. While the permitting which included Act 250 was a process it has finally all come together and Steve anticipates Red Barn setting up the internal infrastructure in July.

Steve shared, “I like to support younger people get involved with business that will strengthen the community and the area.”

Red Barn Brewing will continue serving their craft brewed beer, food truck vendors and live music out of the red barn on Oneida Road. Their hours of operation will remain Friday and Saturday open seasonally only closing during the rough winter months from after Christmas through mud-season.

Pete shared, “Our brewing operation will be moved to the new building where we will also offer a convenient tasting and growler fill room so folks can stop by on their way to Joe’s Pond, Stowe, the mountains, or wherever they venture.”

The Red Barn Brewing owners are also utilizing local contractors when possible including Brad Fontaine of CFW Electric, and for the brewery equipment plumbing they’ve contracted a joint endeavor of Dan Nolin from St. Albans and Tracy Carlson of Carlson Plumbing and Heating in Danville.

For additional information on Red Barn Brewing visit www.redbarnbrewingvt.com or visit 2170 Oneida Road in Danville.

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