Owen Daniel-McCarter and Jesse Plotsky are the new owners of the former Bethel Depot building. (Herald / Lisa Campbell)

Former Bethel Depot Building Now Renamed ‘Babe’s Bar’

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Lisa Campbell, Herald correspondent

Bethel residents are privileged to have a ringside seat to the revitalization of yet another historically significant building in the downtown.

The Bethel Depot, now renamed “Babe’s Bar,” was originally the local stop for the Central Vermont Railroad, and a terminus for the privately owned local line known as the Peavine Railroad. Most recently housing a local bar, the building was sold in fall of 2017.

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The new owners of the building, partners Jesse Plotsky and Owen Daniel-McCarter, have recently moved to Bethel from the city of Chicago, but both have connections to Vermont. Daniel-McCarter attended the University of Vermont as an undergraduate, and Plotsky has family nearby.

Daniel-McCarter is a lawyer, most recently working for a nonprofit in Chicago advocating for the rights of the LGBT community, and also has has experience working as a DJ.

Plotsky works for Trader Joe’s, and was able to transfer to the Burlington store as a part of their move. In addition, he is a musician who has already started to make connections in the Vermont music scene. In an interview with SevenDaysVT, the pair said that they are excited by the energy in Bethel, particularly with the revitalization of the downtown.

Now that Plotsky and Daniel-McCarter are here in Vermont, the real work to the building has begun. Renovations are underway, including updates to the bar, the second floor, and outside porch. The building’s original ticket booth has been carefully removed and preserved for future use in the building.

With the ticket booth moved, the ground floor is now filled with light from the windows on the southwest side of the building, and it’s easy to see how the building’s original features are going to redefine the space.

The bar has been renamed “Babe’s” after the blue ox of Paul Bunyan folklore, in reference to their Midwest roots.

Daniel-McCarter and Plotsky are hoping to open Babe’s in mid-to-late-May, and have plans for local and mass market beers, classic cocktails, and a simple bar food menu. They are also planning karaoke, live music, and outdoor events for the coming summer.

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