October 25, 2013
A statewide disability rights organization recognized a Montpelier pub on Oct. 24 for its commitment to accessibility. The Vermont Center for Independent Living gave Three Penny Taproom its Rosemary J. Miller Dining for All Award.
The award is named for VCIL’s longtime receptionist, who retired in 2011 after more than 30 years on the job. Miller, who was born with cerebral palsy, has never let her disability slow her down. Her passions include dining out, shopping and advocating for disability rights.
VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville said, “We could not think of a more fitting way to honor Rosie than by creating an award to recognize a Vermont eatery that offers dining for everybody.”
She added, “We hear from people with disabilities who are not able to access restaurants because there are stairs, or the bathroom is too narrow. We hear from others that they are treated with disrespect. We wanted an award that highlights a restaurant for doing a good job. The Three Penny certainly fits that description and we salute them.”
In 2012, Three Penny Taproom expanded into the storefront next door, allowing it to expand its kitchen and to add a dining room and a wheelchair-accessible entrance.
Kevin Casey of Montpelier, who nominated the pub for the Dining for All Award, said, “I was pleased to see that the Three Penny Taproom really worked hard to make sure that their renovations were as accessible as possibly, with two accessible bathrooms, wide aisles and gently sloping floors between the two spaces in lieu of what would have historically been a step.”
Scott Kerner, co-owner of Three Penny Taproom, a restaurant well known for its high quality craft food and craft beer, said, “We are honored to accept this wonderful award. We were lucky to be able to make our restaurant accessible with the expansion.”
Other nominees included:
• Church and Main in Burlington.
• Sarducci’s in Montpelier.
• Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro.
• Subway in Bennington.
• Wayside Restaurant in Montpelier.
The award will be given out annually and more nominations will be solicited next year.
The Vermont Center for Independent Living, a nonprofit organization directed and staffed by individuals with disabilities, works to promote the dignity, independence and civil rights of Vermonters with disabilities. Like other independent living centers across the country, VCIL is committed to cross-disability services, the promotion of active citizenship and working with others to create services that support self-determination and full participation in community life. For more information, visit www.vcil.org.