A New Kind of Blue

Matt Birong is the Chef/Owner of 3 Squares Café in Vergennes, Vermont. Matt opened 3 Squares Café eleven years ago after attending the New England Culinary Institute and working in various restaurants in New York, Boston and Burlington.

Matt believes that a thriving state and national economy depends on thriving small businesses and thriving communities. As a small business owner, Matt recognizes the importance of investing in his employees and his local community which in turn fosters a sustainable workforce and economy.

Over the past four years, Matt has been deeply engaged in statewide policy in Vermont. He worked extensively to help pass a Paid Sick Days bill, ‘Ban the Box’ bill and Green Mountain Secure Retirement. He is currently working to make Paid Family and Medical Leave a reality, build a Business Simplification Portal and strengthening the Equal Pay Act to help close the gender pay gap.

Matt has also traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with our Congressional Delegation to brief them on the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, which aims to close offshore tax loopholes and eliminate tax incentives that move jobs offshore and shift tax responsibility from Wall Street to Main Street.

In 2016 he was elected State Delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders by the Vermont Democratic Party and attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Matt's priority issues are to make it easier to start and grow a small business in Vermont, healthy communities, socially and economically responsible workplace policy, education and addressing enviromental concerns.

He resides in Vergennes with his wife, Danelle and their dog, Luna.