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Sutat Anthachai, chef de cuisine at the Lounge, on High Street in Brattleboro.

BRATTLEBORO >> There's a new lounge in town. A place to sit down, take off your hat, and just relax. Duo Restaurant on the corner of Main and High streets opened in September 2014 to quickly became one of THE places to go for a fine dining experience. When founders Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin began making plans to utilize the space adjacent to their restaurant, they first solicited feedback from members of the community. After reaching out to their dinner and brunch diners, to a musician customer who offered his two cents, and even to people who didn't frequent Duo, Arnold and Bonin learned that customers were seeking a more casual place to hang out – to have cappuccino and dessert, an appetizer, or just a beer. So Bonin and Arnold opened The Lounge on March 11 at 4 High Street, taking all that great feedback under advisement. The Lounge presents a lighter, more casual menu and has its own servers separate from the main restaurant.

Bonin said that because she was not a music booker, but wanted to feature musicians from the local music scene, she partnered with Eugene Uman of the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) who lined up a series of local jazz trios and quartets for Friday night entertainment through May 13. The Eugene Uman Trio launched the Friday programs on opening night, March 11, followed by the Bob Stabach Trio last Friday. VJC regularly features nationally and internationally known musicians at the venue on Cotton Mill Hill, but Uman said they don't get the opportunity to represent local artists there. Uman appreciates this chance to support the professional local jazz musicians while offering high end jazz to the community.


This Friday night listen to the music of the Scott Mullett Trio; on April 1, the Eugene Uman Trio; April 8, Dras Hobbs Trio; April 15, Charlie Schneeweis trio; April 22, Green Street Trio; April 25 Samirah Evans featuring Franz W. Robert.

DJ Selectorsingh will will mix it up every Saturday night. The music entertainment happens from 4 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays while The Lounge itself is open daily from 4 to 10 p.m.

Bonin said the reception has been phenomenal, eliciting a packed house on Friday and Saturday nights. She was delighted when a group of customers came in with a deck of cards. It was exactly the mood they were striving for, a spot where friends could gather without pressure.

Contact Cicely M. Eastman at 802-254-2311 ext. 261.