There's some great food downtown, but there's room for more.

Bangor has come a long way since I was a kid. As late as the '90s, you couldn't even go anywhere on Sundays because everything was closed. Even grocery stores. If you needed food on a Sunday, your options were pretty limited. These days, Sundays are one of the busiest days a week for shopping.

We also didn't have a lot of food options. That's not to say there were none, but nothing like the myriad of choices we have around here today. And never mind if you lived in or around downtown. If it was after 7 pm or on a Sunday, forget it. If you didn't plan well before that, you just starved, I guess.

Downtown living these days is unlike anything before.

Years ago, downtown Bangor wasn't the most desirable place to live, but these days it's pretty swank. Cool restaurants, shops, and nightlife like crazy. And now, downtown is about to get a whole lot more convenient, and not just for the people who live down there. Bangor is getting a new deli and market, all under one roof.

According to the BDN, the owner of Bangin' Whoopie, James Gallagher, is opening a new biz called Salty Brick Market. It'll be located at 35 Main St. in the former location of the Maine Cloth Diaper Company and Country Blessings. The expected opening is in May.

Gallagher would love to have opened sooner since signing his lease last July, but like all things during the pandemic, it all took longer and was often a hassle. Permitting, supply chain issues for building materials, you name it. But it won't be long now. At this point May seems right around the corner, right?


Remember These 80's and 90's Maine Dining Experiences?

It's always fun to look back and remember some of the wonderful experiences we had in the past. And, if you're like me, you absolutely love reminiscing about food and great meals.

Here is a list of 20 great restaurants and dining experiences that many Mainers likely shared with me from the 1980's and 1990's.

The General Stores Of Downeast Maine

These are the long-time general stores that are spread throughout downeast Maine. The stores that your grandparents picked up milk, beer, and that night's dinner at. For years they had been filled with things like fly paper, clothes, beef jerky, and that morning's newspaper. Now, you stop by for that slice of breakfast pizza, a tasty fried chicken sandwich for lunch, gas,and a handful of lottery tickets.

They're an important part of Maine's heritage, and their numbers are starting to dwindle. But we still frequent them to pick up the day's necessities and to keep up on town gossip.

They may not be owned by the original owners, and they may not look the same as they did years and years ago. But that same hometown feeling is there, the minute you set foot on their wooden floors. More than likely the same wooden floors that your grandparents set foot on.

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