Bill and Maria Scully opened Pangaea in 2002 in the same building where he lived after college and washed dishes at the Main Street Café while working for local artists. The original idea for Pangaea was to bring the world (and international cuisine) to North Bennington in a restaurant where people could have great conversations. Pangaea’s formal, contemporary American-leaning French menu was successful from the start, attracting loyal patrons and dedicated staff. Scully opened The Lounge, Pangaea’s casual next-door neighbor, a few years later and expanded it several times to meet demand.
Nick Disorda and Lani DePonte-Disorda became co-owners in 2013 and took full ownership in 2018 with the hope of maintaining and nurturing Scully’s original vision.
And then, COVID hit, like a wrecking ball, upturning everything anyone had known. After many multiple pivots, different hour changes, different package deals, meetings and meetings and meetings about what we wanted to be, what we wanted to offer, what the village needs, we have finally come to what feels like a resting place. The separation between Pangaea + The Lounge is no longer and we are just PANGAEA. One community driven restaurant serving familiar and inventive fare, open 5 nights a week for dinner in the previous Lounge location, a cozy, speakeasy style dining space at 3 Prospect Street. Next door (1 Prospect Street), in what used to be the fine dining room, PROSPECT COFFEE HOUSE is open daily, 8am-4pm, serving top tier coffee and tea, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch. The ghost of fine dining remains in our outstanding weekend specials, our ever-changing wine list, our commitment to quality, integrity, and passion, and in our hearts.