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Brandon restaurant gets local award

Cattails Restaurant in Brandon was named August Business of the Month. The popular restaurant was opened in 2004 by Lance Chicoine and Stephanie Kellogg.

Lance got his start in the restaurant business at age 14 when he was employed washing dishes at a restaurant. When he got out of high school, he decided his goal was to own his own restaurant by the time he was 28. He and Stephanie bought the building (formerly the Smoke Rise Restaurant) in 2004 when he was 29, so he was very close in reaching his goal! Lance enjoys the restaurant business and his customers, and tries to keep the menu prices stable.

Stephanie grew up in Brandon and Lance grew up in Pittsford, so they are both familiar with the Addison-Rutland region. They looked at two other locations before deciding on the Smoke Rise building. One of the locations was in Middlebury, but it would have taken a lot of work to develop it into a restaurant. They also looked at Sawdis in Pittsford, but then Steve Kellogg, Stephanies father, suggested they take a look at the Smoke Rise building. After coming to an agreement on how much land would be included with the restaurant, Lance and Stephanie started the bidding process in 2003. It took a year to get everything in order to open.

Recent improvements to the building include a brand new screened in porch! The porch provides fabulous outdoor dining without the worry of being bothered by Vermonts infamous mosquitoes. The new porch can be used for private parties and seats about 30 comfortably. A new porch is underway and Lance says customers are pleased with the new addition.

There is also a creamee stand and take out window attached to the building, which is open from April to early October. Not only can customers get great creamees, they also can chose from a mouthwatering take out menu that includes pulled pork sandwiches, chicken fingers, and homemade fish and chips, just to name a few.

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