Side Dishes: News on Bamboo Hut, Sadie Katz, Chow! Bella, and Maglianero
Those seeking egg rolls in Burlington’s New North End have a new destination. Last Friday, Phuong Lam and boyfriend, Nguyen Vo, opened Bamboo Hut in the 1130 North Avenue space most recently occupied by Wild Bill’s Western BBQ. Bamboo Hut serves the same party platters of gingery, cilantro-studded egg rolls popular at Phuong’s Kitchen, Lam’s previous restaurant in that space. It also has Vietnamese classics and Thai favorites, including curries and noodle dishes.
Fans hoping for a final meal cooked by chef-owner Connie Jacobs Warden at Chow! Bella had better hightail it to St. Albans. Warden has sold the restaurant to St. Albans businessman Jim Matas and mixed-martial artist Tom Murphy.
On Thursday, July 28, at 5 p.m., Warden will celebrate her departure with a party and open house at her restaurant. She’ll stay on as chef until the third week in August to help Matas and Murphy get on track, then hopes to find a less stressful job. “I go on the Internet every day looking for jobs on islands,” she says with tongue only slightly in cheek. “Any island. All I need to know is do I speak the language and do I need a visa.”
The story is shifting over at Sadie Katz Delicatessen. Last week, Andrew Bedard, an assistant manager there, told Seven Days that the deli’s truncated summer hours were a temporary measure while staff does renovations.
However, the historic deli was listed this week by Pomerleau Real Estate under the headline “Landmark Burlington Diner.” The 2270-square-foot space is available to buyers, including its “furniture, fixtures and equipment.”
Now we don’t feel so bad reporting the rumor that folks at Sadie Katz may have purchased Parima Thai Restaurant, which went up for sale this summer and is now under contract. A waitress at Sadie Katz denied the hearsay and told us the owners were unavailable.
Jesse Bladyka, the head barista who helped get Maglianero Café up and running, has moved back to the West Coast only a few months after its opening. Before coming to Burlington, Bladyka had applied for a roasting position at California’s Ecco Caffe. That company eventually made him an offer that was apparently too good to refuse. Bladyka has moved to Santa Rosa to work as Ecco’s roaster, according to Maglianero barista Tom Green.