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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 2:36 AM


We're always disappointed whenever a Roadfood eatery closes, but the closure of Wasp's in Woodstock, VT hits harder than most (see the Roadfood.com review; we'll archive it tomorrow). We love Vermont but it has a tendency to exhibit a certain rural upscale preciousness. Woodstock is particularly guilty of this. When tempered by remnants of "old Vermont," like Wasp's, the combination is very appealing. Woodstock, and Vermont, needs places like Wasp's.

Owner Jill Johnssen closed the diner at the end of March to become a cook at another diner just purchased by one of her employees. Said Jill: "“It just got slow and I got a really good job offer — I mean it’s a lot for one person, the restaurant business is hard anyway, and just the bookwork and the buying, it’s really a seven-day-a-week thing.” We wish Jill the best, and hope that someone is moved to purchase Wasp's and keep it going.

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