• Sweet Melissa’s poised to open
    June 29,2013

    Sweet Melissa’s poised to open

    MONTPELIER — Music fans have been waiting in anticipation for the last few months for the opening of Sweet Melissa’s the new food, beverage and live music joint setting up at the site of the beloved Langdon Street Cafe.

    The good news is that owner Tom Moog, of the Mo-ville club that bears his name, is hopeful that he’ll be open for business next week.

    The bad news is that he’s not exactly sure when.

    “We’ve got a few more things to do. We are hoping to be open by July 3,” he said. “But we’ve got a few more requirements for the fire marshall before we get the final permit. I don’t want to give you an exact date. But we’re moving through the punch list.”

    Plans to open in early June went by the wayside because of the massive amount of renovation required to bring the building up to code. Work has included everything from rewiring to changing the front doors so they open outward. Stairways have been moved, and walls have been put up. And, added Moog, he and his crew have been the ones doing the work.

    “We do everything ourselves,” he said. “A lot of people bring in a crew and spend a couple hundred thousand dollars on renovations. We don’t do that. It’s an old building and it needed a lot of love. Nothing was up to code.”

    Moog said landlord Jesse Jacobs has been working with him regarding the renovations.

    “He’s been very good to us,” Moog said, “there’s some things he’s been willing to pay for and others that we’ve had to take on.”

    There won’t be any fanfare when the place does open he added. Rather the plan is to just hang out the open sign and watch for the first customer to come through the door.

    “As soon as the first customer comes in and gets on their cellphone, then we have five customers, then 20, and then the place is full,” he said.

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