What’s Cooking for the 2013-14 Season
By Myra Foster
There’s a new restaurant in town. And I ran into the owner today, getting his hands dirty. Literally. Peter Micioni was scrubbing walls in the old prep kitchen while his team stripped the place bare to redefine a space that will be The Fire Tower Restaurant and Tavern, anchoring the Commons end of Stratton Village in time for the upcoming winter season.
“I love to build things,” says the former Wall Street executive whose Act II has been all about Vermont, starting with Wheeler Woods homes in Jamaica and now opening our newest restaurant here in the Village. Peter and his family have been Stratton homeowners and skiers since the 1990s, and they are creating the sort of dining, and gathering, spot they know skiers and snowboarders will love.
And it starts with a name. Family and friends got together and brainstormed ideas that would reflect the rich history, tradition and community that is Stratton Mountain, now spanning three generations and four seasons. “What do we all have in common,” they asked. “Everyone hikes to the firetower.” If you have yet to make the 1.5 mile roundtrip from the summit, fall foliage is right around the corner and the views stretch clear across four states and mountain ranges.
The Fire Tower’s casual atmosphere welcomes skiers and riders to enjoy great food and good times with a Vermont artisan inspired menu perfect for foodies and families alike. A refined selection spans the range from burgers and pizza to ahi tuna or the signature Fire Tower shrimp – with fine wine in a very nice glass. “It will be big,” Peter says about the wine glass, just one of the myriad details he has well in hand.
“The structure will be rustic, complemented by urbane design and finish,” he explains as we walk through the spacious dining areas which are lined with locally milled post and beam timber about to go up around the perimeter. Stopping to look at the model,Peter points to the hostess stand and pick-up point for carry-out orders. Ready for this? Order – and pay – on your smartphone as you ride Ursa to the top for one last run then make tracks to the Firetower Tavern where dinner or après-ski spread await.
Adding The Fire Tower Restaurant and Tavern to my top 10 list of reasons why I cannot wait for winter.