Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Please Don't Tell -Live Music at the Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom #WindsorVT #VT


In April of 2013 the Capursos of Hartland purchased the Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom and began renovations. After years of successfully running, owning and outgrowing their beloved Stella's in Hartland Jon and Stacy moved south on Rte 5 to 29 Depot Street in Windsor. Since their opening, the couple has seen a huge increase in loyal diners up and down the I91 corridor. "This is one difficult reservation to get on a weekend and it doesn't matter what time of year either" one loyal diner said while forking into her Chicken and Vodka Sauce.

Jon's kitchen, influenced by Italian roots and time spent cooking in the Caribbean, features locally grown food; Windsor Station is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, and the Capursos tap farms in Hartland, Windsor and Weathersfield for some of their meat and produce. Farm collaborations won’t end there: Front-of-house manager Stacy Capurso has put together a menu of “farm-to-bar” cocktails, some of them drawing on local spirits such as the rye-cased Silo Vodka, made just down the road and many local beers on tap.

Enjoying his dinner, Deep Meadow Farm owner Jon Cohen said he eats at the "Station" often and he his organic farm in Ascutney supplies a lot of the produce served, "I know where the ingredients come from and how they were grown."

Jon and Stacy are becoming know for not only their delicious dinners and cocktails but also for highlighting local music. Ty McCarthy, a musician from Canaan NH said "Open Mic Nights here are packed." McCarthy has played many Upper Valley venues but loves the vibe and crowd at the Windsor Station the best. John Scott, who will be performing Tuesday Feb. 3 6-9 p.m. said proudly "I had the first burger served here when Jon and Stacy opened; they are good friends and wonderful people."
Saturday night "Please Don't Tell", a band from Lebanon/Enfield NH debuted at "The Station" with two one-hour sets. The band plays four decades of rock and roll. And occasionally throws in an original tune. Lead singer Megan Lemere was having a rough night. She sang and danced around the barroom and had a lot of the audience rolling their eyes. Her voice cracked many times leaving the rest of the band a little more than upset. Her attempts at Pat Benatar's "Hit me With Your Best Shot" and Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" totally missed. Tim Lenihan took over for a few songs on lead and the band really sounded good. His medley of Billy Joel's "You May Be Right" and John Mellencamp's R.O.C.K. in the USA" got the crowd on their feet. Hopefully Lemere was just having a bad night but her performance was no way to gather more fans. This reviewer left halfway through the first set.
Please Don't Tell
Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom
Windsor VT December 27, 2014
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