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Food You’ll Feel Good About Eating

Merlin Verrier has a 45-second commute to work as culinary director for Next Door, a restaurant opening this month in Eastbridge that’s part of The Kitchen Restaurant Group. He says it’s a double-edged sword. “The good news is I am 45 seconds from work and the bad news is I’m 45 seconds from work!” The best part, he says is that “it creates a little more ownership because it’s my friends and neighbors going, so there’s a lot of pride for me.”

It’s the same situation for Verrier’s colleague, fellow Stapleton resident Colin Ness, who is the director of operations for Next Door, which will have four locations with the Eastbridge opening. From the start, Ness was excited about the possibility for the Eastbridge restaurant because he felt there was a lack of independent, chef-driven restaurants in his neighborhood.

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