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Battle over Berlin, Vt., eatery ends

Berlin, Vermont - June 17, 2010

A battle between a Berlin restaurant and the Vermont Transportation Agency is over.

The transportation agency bought out the lease from the owners of Sambel's restaurant. The price was not disclosed.

The Sambels have owned the airport eatery for 21 years, leasing the building from the state. But the state recently said it needed to charge more because it was losing $60,000 a year on the current lease. The owners fought the change, but now have decided to accept the lease buyout and will close the restaurant by the end of August.

Bob Sambel: It's very sad. I'll be here 21 years and to have it end like this it's a long time of your life-- one-third of it's a long time of your life-- one-third of your life.

Reporter Kristin Carlson: Did you feel like this was your only option?

Brenda Sambel: Yes it is. They are a lot bigger then we are. They have more resources then we do. We did what we could do to keep it going. They just have more power behind them.

Sambel's owners are now looking for another location. They will continue to do catering.

The state says it plans to rent the building, but for a higher cost.

Kristin Carlson - WCAX News

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