Woodstock café is open, complete with 200-year-old wood

Mon Vert Café has officially re-opened with a larger menu and a bigger space.

The café closed for about a month this spring to complete renovations and make the move to a new location, just across the street. 

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Creating the café was a labor of love. Most of tables, benches, signs and menus are projects that staff members and friends of the owner helped design and build.

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When Mon Vert owner Sam DiNatale wanted a unique countertop piece, Blackhat Custom Builders had just what she was looking for. This countertop is made from 200-year-old barn board,  salvaged from a property in South Woodstock.

The property where the barn board was found included an 1817 brick house on more than 120 acres of farmland.

Mon Vert owner DiNatale, 31, has owned the business since January 2015. She's standing beside a sign that was designed by her friend and barista Aubrey Madison.

Madison, 26, is a self-taught artist. She became a barista at Mon Vert in November. She spray painted these mason jars, which sit on every table with pretend flowers in them.

Madison also designed the tables, many of which are repurposed from IKEA. It took her three weeks to sand down the tables and stain them to get this distressed look. Six different colors of paint are layered on top of them.

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The sign out front was handcrafted by local Woodstock designer Mary Urban.

The glass around the pastries was welded by a friend of DiNatale's.
Urban created the breakfast and lunch menus.

Chef John Pirrello has been in the business for 20 years. He started working at the café about two years ago.  He now has a kitchen to work in. Mon Vert's former building was too small for a kitchen.

Above, DiNatale is checking on food orders. She said Mon Vert's opening was "totally a team effort."


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