ARLINGTON EAST – “Wouldn’t that be nice,” Bonnie Curtis said, recalling her childhood, when the people of East Arlington could walk to the IGA to buy something for dinner or grab a treat at the confectionery or stroll through Candle Village du Moulin.
Wanting to bring some amenities back to their community, Bonnie Curtis and Clyde Baker, both originally from southern Vermont, decided to change ‘wouldn’t that be good’ to ‘isn’t that good’ by buying the property around the corner. from Old Mill Road and Sunderland Hill Road in East Arlington.
In mid-June, they opened Bonnie and Clyde’s Corner Market – a memorable name although it goes without saying that Curtis and Baker have nothing in common with the infamous Bonnie and Clyde from the early 1930s who would have been more likely to hold up a cafe rather than open one.
Initially, the plan was to renovate the building formerly known as King’s Variety Store, Chippenhook Variety Store and, more recently, East Arlington Takeout Restaurant, for a corner market that would sell groceries.
But the project snuck up on the couple, and Baker, who also owns Clyde Baker Construction, added a kitchen and a loft to the property, making the space suitable for a cafe with indoor dining.
The change of vision was a victory for East Arlington, which now has a renovated building that evokes old-world charm with smells of freshly cut wood – compliments of wooden beams and a plank ceiling – and simmering cooked meals. in the kitchen.
Outside, an inviting covered porch is furnished with black-painted wooden rocking chairs that provide diners the opportunity to enjoy a special breakfast or lunch al fresco, whatever the weather.
Curtis, a hard worker with a restaurant background, said, “We love good food,” but she, like many others, suffers from food allergies.
So when it came to choosing a menu, she admitted to making mostly dishes that she would eat. Curtis and Chef Rick Kulmane have created a menu filled with quality, homemade dishes that can curb any craving.
Examples: bahn mi with marinated pork, Monte Cristo, hand-cut fries and daily salads like beet salad and sesame noodles. For breakfast there’s a Taylor pork bun (loved by Jax, the Newfoundland who lives the road), yogurt parfaits, muffins, and a range of coffee and tea drinks.
A local theme supporting the locals emerged from Bonnie and Clyde’s even before the cafe opened.
Curtis said she enjoys stocking regionally sourced produce such as burgers from Hosley Hill Farm in Danby, CBD-infused seltzer from Kimball Brook Farm in Ferrisburgh, and dairy from Battenkill Valley Creamery, which is just across the country. across the border in Salem, New York. She also has a stock of locally made jams and Vermont-style kimchi.
When discussing the service and atmosphere at Bonnie and Clyde’s, patrons, who Curtis says include a good mix of local employees, Vermont residents and guests from out of town, use consistently the word “friendly,” which makes Curtis smile.
“Friendly. That’s what I want,” she said. “I don’t want it to be miserable.” And although “friendly” is frequently used, the words “Isn’t that nice?” Are too.
For an overview of Bonnie and Clyde’s menu, check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/Bonnie-and-Clydes-Corner-Market.
Bonnie and Clyde’s Corner Market is located at 13 Old Mill Road. in East Arlington. The store is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Close on Sunday.
For more information, call 802-430-7178.