David Melincoff

David Melincoff – Restaurant Owner of Sweetwaters in Burlington, Vermont

David Melincoff has owned Sweetwaters restaurant at 118 Church Street in Burlington for more than 41 years, known for its free community Thanksgiving dinner and coat drive each year.

NBC5 recently learned that Sweetwaters has been sold to Pascolo Ristorante, which will take over its space. All current staff will be allowed to remain on board.

Early Life and Education

David Melincoff was born in 1932 and grew up with his parents. He attended school in Newton, Massachusetts before graduating high school and working in their family business – eventually owning a restaurant with brother Tom and sister Helen. Aside from running a successful restaurant business, Melincoff also played an influential role in his community; serving on the Board of Trustees at the University of Vermont as well as mayor of Burlington from 2006 until 2011. Nowadays he serves in the United States Senate.

Personal Life

David Melincoff was a generous and involved member of his community. He served on the board of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner, as well as held coat drives for those in need. His restaurant Sweetwaters has been a longstanding fixture at Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace, known for its outdoor dining tables and American bistro cuisine. He announced last July his intentions to retire from the restaurant business after Labor Day and sell the building. The new owner plans to bring in Italian restaurant Pascolo Ristorante, with no job losses for current staff members, according to NBC5. The restaurant will close Monday for renovations, with plans for reopening in early fall.

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