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Old 08-11-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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When I was a kid, we used to go up to Norwich University for family weekend to visit my cousin and stayed in a ski condo rented by my aunt and uncle. On our way home we always stopped in Brattleboro to eat at a restaurant that I think was called Walkers (at least I think it was Brattleboro). It was a nicer restaurant with good food (from what I can remember, at least, my father liked it and he hated stopping so it must've been good). I think the sign was on the front of the place white letters on a dark blue background. Is that still there?

Family weekend was in October. When we went up for his graduation in May, we tried stopping there and the restaurant was closed for some reason (parents said for summer because winter is the tourist time up there). We ended up going to this "alternative" place for food. It was upstairs and kind of a hippie-ish place with all natural foods (go figure, something like that in Brattleboro). Anyone know what I'm talking about and if it still exists? I remember we all hated it, but we weren't really into things like whole wheat pancakes at the time. I'd like to try it again next time I'm in the area if it still exists just to bring back memories.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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Common Ground. I used to love eating there when I lived in Keene. It closed up for a while but googling leads me to believe it may have reincarnated:

http://www.theartistsloft.com/stories19.html

http://www.myspace.com/originalcommonground

Or maybe that was only temporary and this time it really is dead yet:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/453958

This place is more elusive than Brigadoon.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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Originally Posted by Sherylcatmom View Post
Common Ground. I used to love eating there when I lived in Keene. It closed up for a while but googling leads me to believe it may have reincarnated:

Happy To Find 'Common Ground' in Brattleboro, Vermont

MySpace - CommonGround - 39 - Female - BRATTLEBORO, US - myspace.com/originalcommonground

Or maybe that was only temporary and this time it really is dead yet:

Common Ground in Brattleboro, VT closing - General New England Archive - Chowhound

This place is more elusive than Brigadoon.
Yup, I'm pretty sure that's the place. Interesting.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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When I was in college in Putney in the early 70's there was a burger place called the Shed Burger pretty much where McDonalds is today on Rt 5 north of Bratt.
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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I am not aware of a Walker's restaurant in Brattleboro.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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I can remember when I was a kid stopping in Brattleboro for some fine dining at Howard Johnson's. It was right off an I-91 exit ramp, or so it seemed, and I believe there was a car dealership next door. Ford, maybe Chrysler. This was in the 60s and the interstate was still being built. My dad loved to check out how the new roads were coming along and all I remember of HoJos is that hoky piped in piano music and that the fried clams were minus the bellies.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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I can remember when I was a kid stopping in Brattleboro for some fine dining at Howard Johnson's. It was right off an I-91 exit ramp, or so it seemed, and I believe there was a car dealership next door. Ford, maybe Chrysler. This was in the 60s and the interstate was still being built. My dad loved to check out how the new roads were coming along and all I remember of HoJos is that hoky piped in piano music and that the fried clams were minus the bellies.
Yup, like most former HoJo's you can still see it was a Hojo's even tho some other chain has taken it over. I remember the car dealership right across Rt 9, might still be there. Those were the days when Sam's Army and Navy sold surplus military stuff.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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Default Possible Older Restaurants in Brattleboro....?

If you were looking for older restaurants in Brattleboro that had good basic food (and no longer in existence)....it may have been an older "Friendly's" Restaurant or an "Idlenot Family Restaurant" which are no longer in existence (they were bought out by Friendly's). Idlenot used to have a milk company that had a big smiling red sunburst...and the restaurants were an extension of that company.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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Yelp! lists it as Closed.

Walkers Restaurant - CLOSED - Brattleboro, VT
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Common Ground. I used to love eating there when I lived in Keene. It closed up for a while but googling leads me to believe it may have reincarnated:

Happy To Find 'Common Ground' in Brattleboro, Vermont

MySpace - CommonGround - 39 - Female - BRATTLEBORO, US - myspace.com/originalcommonground

Or maybe that was only temporary and this time it really is dead yet:

Common Ground in Brattleboro, VT closing - General New England Archive - Chowhound

This place is more elusive than Brigadoon.
Common Ground tried to reopen in 2007 but closed again the same year. As you can see at the bottom of the first link above, "The Common Ground was not able to make a go of it after all and closed its doors for good in November of 2007." It was one of my all-time favorite restaurants. I used to stop there during the early 80's on trips back and forth from home in New York to my alma mater up north. The last time I was there was around 1988, made a detour from Boston just to show it to a friend of mine. It was the only place I ever went to in Brattleboro and I'm sorry to know it's gone.

There was something about traveling north on I-91 from NYC, once you hit the Vermont border you suddenly felt like it was "God's country" where the rat race was left far behind you. Brattleboro always felt like the entrance to God's country and because of that it occupies a special place in my memory. And Common Ground was that "come-as-you-are" welcoming kind of place.
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