In 1998, friends Bob Plante and Bob Watson recognized the need for a gathering spot for all members of the community: a place to meet, converse, get a quick bite to eat, and catch up on the news.
Capitol Grounds Café and Roastery opened on November 12, 1998, in the converted Chittenden Bank Building on the corner of State and Elm Streets in the heart of Montpelier. In May of 2006, Capitol Grounds picked up and moved to a new location at 27 State Street in Montpelier where patrons now enjoy wonderful views of the North Branch River.
Perched at the counter looking out onto State Street one gets a good glimpse of daily life in Montpelier, watching people heading to work, to the post office, on their lunch break. The character and appeal of life in Montpelier is seen through the windows of Capitol Grounds.