Brown Cow Cafe closes

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BENNINGTON — The Brown Cow Cafe closed its doors on Friday, ending a six-plus year run of offering healthy local fare with with a vegetarian bent.

Amy Buckley, the owner of the cafe, announced the closing in a post on the company's Facebook page.

"It's been a fulfilling adventure, and I have enjoyed meeting so many people — I am grateful for your support and loyalty!" she wrote. "I am excited at the possibilities that await, and hope to see you all out and about. Please keep in touch."

Contacted on Sunday by the Banner, Buckley said, "There's really no story. I'm just ready to move on to something less demanding and stressful! We had a good run."

The Brown Cow becomes Bennington's third restaurant to close in the past 11 months. Bennington Station closed in March 2018, two months after its owners attempted to relaunch it as a tavern and grill. That was followed by closing of the Friendly's restaurant in early December.

The Brown Cow, located at 139 Main St., behind the Paradise Inn, opened on Aug. 27, 2012. The space had previously been occupied by the Bean & Leaf Cafe, and then by It's All About the Bean, which roasted its own coffee.

The cafe's goodbye post had drawn dozens of comments as of Sunday afternoon, mostly from patrons who expressed disappointment and understanding, and wished Buckley well. Some wrote to ask for recipes for favorite menu items, such as the lemon tea cake and curried chicken salad.

The cafe had been a popular spot for meetings, both social and business, and had supported local artists through the display of their works. In December, the cafe had hosted an exhibit of artwork from the Community College of Vermont's beginner drawing class.

Reach David LaChance at dlachance@benningtonbanner.com and 802-447-7567, ext. 115.

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