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  • Logan Bouchard and Aaron Josinsky of Misery Loves Co. in 2020

The Misery Loves Co. team will open a second Winooski restaurant location later this summer, said Laura Wade, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, chef Aaron Josinsky. “We will be opening an evening concept and keeping Misery as a daytime concept,” she said, noting that details are still in the planning stages.

Wade tentatively expects the as yet unnamed spot to open in July.

The new restaurant will occupy the location most recently occupied by El Cortijo Taqueria y Cantina at 3-5 East Allen Street, at the top of Rotary. The Winooski El Cortijo closed in September 2021, with a social media announcement describing it as a temporary closure due to “chronic understaffing” and a desire to focus on the location of El Cortijo in Burlington.

The El Cortijo brand is part of the Farmhouse Group, which owns Farmhouse Tap & Grill, El Cortijo Burlington, Pascolo Ristorante and Guild Tavern. These four restaurants have all fully reopened after full or partial pandemic closures, Farmhouse Group owner Jed Davis said by email.

“We had every intention of reopening Cortijo Winooski but, quite frankly, I’m just not sure we have the bandwidth,” Davis wrote. “Laura and Aaron are good friends in the industry and I couldn’t pass on their offer. It was just fine.”

The couple’s decision to spread out “is all about Winooski,” Wade said. “Winooski is our town. The proximity to Misery was huge for us.”

As previously reported by Seven days, Misery Loves Co., which has focused on takeout, prepared meals and specialty groceries since the start of the pandemic, temporarily closed in mid-May for a renovation. Wade said she expects it to reopen by the end of June.

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This isn’t the first time Wade and Josinsky have opened a Winooski partner restaurant at Misery Loves Co., which celebrates a decade in business this year. From early 2014 to December 2015, they operated the MLC Bakeshop at 25 Winooski Falls Way.

Wade said the couple felt secure in their judgment that now was the right time to grow. “We have such a great team,” she said. “We know a lot more now.”


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