March 8, 2013
Burlington International Airport (KBTV), Vermont: New Restaurant to Open
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - A new restaurant will open at the Burlington International Airport on Saturday.
Skinny Pancake is launching a new location and its owners hope that air travelers learn a little about Vermont as they pick up food.
"I could have never imagined. It's been very challenging," says Benjy Adler, co-owner of Skinny Pancake.
Adler says air travelers will be able to snack on Skinny Pancake favorites plus some new additions to the menu. Adler says at least half the food will be local.
"We're just really looking forward to being open, running a good show. Telling people about the local food movement here in Vermont," says Adler.
Adler says they've hired 28 people. There had been a controversy because Skinny Pancake was exempt from Burlington's livable wage requirement.
"That whole episode was deeply disappointing because our entire intention here was to do great good," says Adler.
The airport hopes they succeed.
"Our goal is to make the experience that you have here the best it can possibly can be," says Gene Richards, airport interim director.
With passenger numbers down slightly from a year ago, Richards hopes Skinny Pancake can help change that.
While the Skinny Pancake location in the north end of the airport opens Saturday, a second location in the south end could open in about a week.
Posted by Kathryns Report on 8.3.13