Our Team

Vermont native, Matt Birong, spent five years catching for the New York Yankees…nah, just kidding!  But he did intern at the prestigious Rainbow Room in New York City where he served up a few Yanks after graduating from the New England Culinary Institute in his hometown of Essex, Vermont.  In 1997 he snuck into enemy territory – right into Boston’s South End where he served it up at Metropolis Café, and at the tender age of 22 was named Sous Chef at Aquitaine Boston.

Five years passed, and like so many Vermonters, the Green Mountains beckoned him home. Matt spent the next three years as Executive Chef at The Waiting Room and the following year at Leunig’s, both in Burlington, Vermont.  His search for the perfect restaurant and community began and in 2007, Matt purchased a café called Eat Good Food in downtown Vergennes.  He opened 3 Squares Café, and the rest is history.

Matt is truly the leader of the 3 Squares crew. He is joined by his wife Danelle Lello Birong and General Manager Andrea Lalumiere.  Back in the kitchen, Eric Montgomery is the Sous Chef assisting in the culinary brainstorming & execution. 

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