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ZenBarn Builds Community from Soil to Soul

By Kelly Church

Located in Waterbury, VT, ZenBarn is where food, drinks, lodging and entertainment meet. The owner, Noah Fishman, opened ZenBarn with his brother with the mission of building "community from soil to soul." ZenBarn is where these elements congregate, allowing the community an opportunity to connect.

"My brother and I grew up in Waterbury and always saw a need for a place to bring our neighbors together and build community," Fishman said. "When the former Tanglewoods building went up for sale, which is right next door to where we live, wheels started spinning."

ZenBarn's restaurant is inspired by global cuisine using locally sourced ingredients, which feeds into the company's desire to make people feel good about what they choose to eat. As far as favorites go, Fishman called the skirt steak "to die for." It's served with fresh chimichurri, fingerling potatoes and creamed corn.

Other menu highlights include seared calamari, a kimchee burger, barbecued duck and buckwheat risotto. All ZenBarn meats come from local farms. Fish is sourced from sustainable fisheries located throughout New England and Alaska.

ZenBarn's bar menu also features locally brewed beers, including those from Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, Fiddlehead Brewing Company and Four Quarters Brewing, all located within state lines.

"We jumped on the opportunity and tried to create a space that would invite all walks of the community to come together and enjoy great food and drink, but also serve education, wellness classes and world-class entertainment," Fishman said. "A warm, friendly environment that is conducive to building community, meeting friends and feeling at home whether you're local or from afar."

ZenBarn's studio is designed to be "a space for conscious evolution and health of body, mind and soul." Here, guests can experience classes, workshops and a variety of retreats, typically centered around mindful activities. Classes include Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, nutrition, dance and "more of everything good for the soul." The property also hosts events, from concerts to weddings to yoga and beer nights.

For those who opt to stay at ZenBarn, the property features several onsite apartments. Above the restaurant is a four-bedroom suite that was renovated in 2015. With queen sized beds and three bedrooms with sky lights, staying at ZenBarn is a peaceful experience and conveniently located close to Ben & Jerry's, the Cider Mill and downtown Waterbury.

For more information on ZenBarn, a full restaurant and drink menu, class and lodging information, visit zenbarnvt.com.

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