Regional Bites

By Edd Merritt

Archie’s to re-open with “a plumb”

Charlotte restaurant owner Dick Hess, who turned Archie’s Grill on Shelburne Road into a popular eating spot before it closed last year, has decided to head west, across Route 7, and reopen. Hess started Archie’s in 2010. It soon became a famous burger stop with Hess behind the counter, always cheerful and willing to give his recommendation of the day. He had to close because of health issues. Dick will continue in an advisory capacity to the new owners, Tim Williams and Doug Nedde. Although the menu may incorporate a few minor changes, “overall the plan is to remain true to the original Archie’s,” Williams said in a Burlington Free Press article on November 13.

Neighboring Fiddlehead Brewery raises money for the hospital

Fiddlehead Brewery, just across the Charlotte line in Shelburne, raised more than $40,000 for the University of Vermont’s Children’s Hospital according to an article in Sunday’s Burlington Free Press. Owner Matt Cohen and his staff offered a special benefit beer release on its Mastermind Double IPA, giving 25 percent of its can sales and 66 percent of its on-premise pint sales to the hospital. The Cohens feel especially grateful to the hospital for its care of their son, Noah, who is 9 years old. The money they raised will go toward such things as critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Fiddlehead has been recognized for its social concern over the course of its relatively short lifespan, having partnered with Charlotte’s Nordic Farms in investigating the usefulness of mixing its used grains with cow manure to produce an organic fertilizer.