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Cafe Verde opens with a fresh focus

With his new endeavor Café Verde, Gary Maravelli proves he is good at filling niches in the Rutland food scene. He first did it successfully in the 90's with his business The Vermont Bagel Café.

"Nobody in town was doing bagels like that at the time. Sure you could find them but we were doing something fresh and people really responded," said Maravelli.

After taking time away from the foodservice business for the past several years, Maravelli decided to jump back into the mix with Café Verde located at 136 Strongs Avenue selling burritos, wraps, salads, smoothies and more. He recognized that a burrito shop was needed in Rutland and thought he could make a fresh approach.

To be clear, Café Verde is not a Mexican restaurant, it focuses on several different wraps that may or may not contain the typical burrito ingredients, depending on your tastes. "We focus on freshness here," Maravelli says. "Our staff is cooking all day, constantly refreshing the menu choices."

Café Verde has enjoyed a popular opening month, keeping his staff busy. "It's amazing how many people come out for lunch in Rutland," said Maravelli. "There are plenty of office workers, bankers, and others who were looking for something simple, fresh and healthy."

When you walk into the café, it is clear that a lot of work has gone into renovations. The building itself is over 100 years old. It was first used as a hotel or boarding house. Since, it has been a carpet and paint store before the Giancola Company gave it its most recent facelift. Now, the Maravelli family has tastefully decorated the inside with pictures of historic Rutland and the open kitchen is inviting. A few tables with windows looking out on Main Street and Strongs Avenue make it a great place to relax. The café is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Café Verde also plans to open for breakfast. "Getting breakfast on the run can be a challenge," Maravelli says. "Many people don't have time to sit down and order breakfast at a restaurant, but they don't want an egg sandwich that has been sitting in a gas station for a few hours either. Everything will be fresh and made to order."

Photo by Nathan Allen