Authorities are calling an overnight fire in Port Clyde devastating.

Department of Public Safety Spokesperson, Shannon Moss, says it could be days before authorities are able to determine how a fire that tore through several buildings in town was started.

"The Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the fire in Port Clyde at 1 am...The fire started in the Dip Net restaurant and quickly spread to two other businesses. All three buildings were destroyed. Investigators spent the day investigating the fire, interviewing witnesses and neighbors, and reviewing any potential evidence. Given the scope of the fire it could take days to conclude the investigation."

According to WABI TV 5, no one was hurt but fire officials told Maine’s Total Coverage that the fire likely started in the Dip Net restaurant kitchen.

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"The fire damaged or destroyed both buildings for the Port Clyde General Store as well as the Monhegan Boat Line and the Breezeway."

The story goes on to say firefighters have been transporting water to the scene, and that crews are expected to be at the site of the fire all day.

They say that community members have been stopping by with food and drinks for the first responders.

The Best Restaurants in Downeast Maine for Lobster

So when your hungry out-of-state relatives or friends come to our great state, where do you take them for a mouth-watering lobster dinner?

The answer to that often asked question will be top of mind for a lot of Mainers this season, as thousands of tourists, relatives, and friends drive hundreds if not thousands of miles to take in the sights and eat what our state is most famous for, lobster.

Whether it's a lobster salad, in a hot dog roll, a broiled tail, thrown into a pot of boiling sea water, or god forbid, made into a lobster poutine, people near and far crave it, and as soon as they make it into this neck of the woods it'll be what they have for dinner that night.

While each of us already have a few favorite snack bars, take-outs, and restaurants in mind, it would be wrong of this author to pass along those personal suggestions. So, we're going to rely on the reviews of TripAdvisor to point our visitors in the right directions. We've focused on the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island area, and here is what we found as we count our way up to the #1 most recommended place for lobster Downeast.

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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