Let’s cut to the chase: Pangaea’s Fine Dining restaurant did not make it out of the pandemic. We never imagined it would come to this, but we have had to be ever on our toes these past couple of years. With each pivot we made, and by observing what our little village needed, it became clear that Pangaea Fine Dining, as we knew and loved it, could not return.
In late 2020, we joined forces with Angelica, owner/founder of The Roasted Bean Espresso Bar, to experiment running a café during the day and a restaurant at night in the same space. However, with Angelica’s success, and our limited space, we quickly realized we needed a different approach. So we committed to making that space function solely as a café. With some renovations and rearranging, we made it into a cozy, daily hangout for locals, college students, families, and those just passing through. The café is more successful than we could have ever imagined, offering high quality coffee beverages, baked goods, breakfast, and lunch 7 days a week. (Don’t miss Donut Sundays and Bagel Tuesdays, all made fresh in house!)
This was the official end to this space housing our Fine Dining restaurant – the official end of Pangaea Fine Dining. It was a hard and painful decision. Both Nick and Lani had put their hearts and souls into that restaurant, as had many others. With the loss of their friend and Pangaea founder Bill Scully in 2020, it felt doubly heartbreaking to say goodbye. But time and circumstance necessitate change.
What We Offer Now
This decision allowed us to focus our attention on the more casual restaurant next door, previously known as “The Lounge.” Pangaea is ecstatic to continue offering more casual dinner 5 nights a week. Our dynamic menu, focused on quality, local ingredients, is highlighted by weekend specials that range from pub grub to upscale dishes. We are in the process of refurbishing our wine program to bring truly spectacular wines into your everyday routine and look forward to a future of possible pop-ups with different chefs, and different styles of cuisine, to give our clientele exciting variety. We are proud to provide a space for regular, casual get-togethers and special occasions.
Not only do we still offer casual and delicious dinner 5 nights a week, as well as breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, but the Pangaea crew has recently undertaken the reopening of Powers Market just across the square. Plans are to restore it to the glory days of a classic Vermont Grocery and Butcher. Nick and Lani (owners of Pangaea) and Sarah Kipper are hard at work cleaning up, working with local farms and artisans to stock the shelves. We are working toward its future as a community hub, North Bennington gift shop + Welcome Center, as well as a one-stop shop for almost all your grocery needs. Look for the doors to reopen by summer of 2022! You can follow them on Facebook (@Powers.VT) and Instagram (@powers_vt) for more up-to-date info.
Thank You To Everyone For Your Continued Support
At this moment, we are grateful to have made it through this far with the support of our community and our staff. We feel blessed by the opportunity to fill the spaces of our village with love, joy, and services folks want and need, and grateful for the patience and understanding of folks who may be getting something different than they expected.
So, no, Pangaea is no longer the formal, French Fine Dining restaurant some may be used to, the passion project and dream opened by Bill and Maria 20 years ago this year, but its spirit lives on and we are proud to have weathered this storm and of what we have to give – good food, good drinks, and great company.