Historic Wayside serves comfort food, hot coffee through 2nd pandemic - VT Digger

The Wayside started slinging hash in 1918, the first year of the Great Pandemic. This year it has weathered the storm and its spacious parking lot is once again full of happy customers.

"Effie Ballou opened the Wayside as a roadside lunch stand in July 1918. Within weeks, the Spanish flu pandemic was raging. Historic photos and documents don’t show what happened next, said Brian Zecchinelli, who now runs the Wayside with his wife, Karen. But he suspects it was something like when the coronavirus outbreak set in earlier this year: The building’s doors closed to the public while its owners figured out how to keep feeding the community."



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  • David Flemming
    published this page in The News 2020-09-21 16:18:39 -0400