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Central Vt. eatery takes new shape

Montpelier, Vermont - May 19, 2011

Brenda Sambel is proud to be back in the restaurant business and her customers are glad, too. Linda and Sunny Parrotte of Roxbury are regulars.

Linda said, "We saw the heartbreak the two of them went through when they were going through it all with the closing."

The Sambels ran their restaurant at the Berlin Airport for more than 20 years, but the state forced them out because the transportation agency said it was losing money on the lease. So last August they closed up shop.

Brenda Sambel explained, "We recuperated and just laid back trying to figure out what we were going to do next."

 The Sambels say they got their inspiration while on vacation.

"When we went to Hawaii they were doing this. They had trucks with dinners. In fact, we ate at several of them and got some ideas from them. It is the thing out there and you do not see that much here, except for hamburgers and hot dogs. That type of thing," Sambel said.

They have kept the same award-winning menu of steaks and seafood with all the fixings, but now with window service.

"We already had the truck. We had used it at the Tunbridge Fair. We just had to figure out where we were going to park it," Sambel said.

The Sambels had to trade in their wait staff for a set of wheels, which landed them at the tractor supply. Now, they see the dispute with the state as more of a blessing in disguise.

"It really was. We are both getting to our sixties now, and yeah, we could have hung in there longer, but we can take the winters off now," Sambel said.

Longtime customer Jerry Diamond said seeing their new setup was a nice surprise.

Diamond said, "I spent the winter in Florida. Came home and was just driving down the Barre-Montpelier road and saw the sign. I think this is exciting. I came up and wished them well."

Brenda Sambel admits the truck is pretty tight quarters, but they have a system that works for them. She says at the end of the day she is still following her passion of feeding people.

Molly Smith
- WCAX News

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