Bent Nails Bistro brings together foods, drink, audio, visible artwork in Montpelier

MONTPELIER – A building that has housed a few of properly-acknowledged establishments is now house to a bistro bringing foods, consume, audio and visible art to Vermont’s cash metropolis.

What is the position?

Charis Churchill and Aaron Ingham opened Bent Nails Bistro on Oct. 25 at 4 Langdon St. in the heart of Montpelier’s downtown. The building most recently housed Sweet Melissa’s and right before that the Langdon Avenue Café. Each ended up bars that highlighted music and some food items the Langdon Street Café is also legendary as the position wherever Vermont-born musician Anais Mitchell commenced functioning out the manufacturing that would turn into the Tony Award-successful musical “Hadestown.”

“’Hadestown’ likely would not exist without having this café,” Mitchell advised the Burlington Free of charge Press this summer months. “It was the center of the creative universe in Montpelier all through the aughts.”

Churchill and Ingham plan to hold that artwork-incubator really feel likely at Bent Nails Bistro. Churchill claimed the prolonged-running Radio Bean coffeehouse/bar/restaurant/songs location in Burlington is an inspiration for what the two hope to present at their area.

“I like their sense — it’s artsy,” Churchill reported of Radio Bean.

Aaron Ingham and Charis Churchill, owners of Bent Nail Bistro, sit on the stage at the Montpelier business Dec. 3, 2021.

Bent Nails Bistro characteristics the fantastical, found-item sculptural operate Ingham generates at his like-named Bent Nails Studios in Marshfield. Churchill, who has created costumes for Shed Nation Theater in Montpelier, upholstered the bar stools in an assortment of colors and materials. The cozy, atmospheric, Radio Bean-ish stage hosts open up-mic nights, nearby bands and, Churchill expects, comedy, burlesque and drag performances in the near potential. She and Ingham hire Airbnb place upstairs that they hope will property touring functions actively playing at the space.