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Lone Pine back in Brownville

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 35, September 01, 2004

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE A part-time resident who owns a restaurant and boutique in Kennebunkport is re-opening The Lone Pine Restaurant and Saloon on Main Road.

The restaurant and bar is expected to be open Sept. 6 after a two-year hiatus.

Rocki Remington of Brownville and Kennebunkport said she had been interested in purchasing the business several years ago, but only recently had the opportunity.

She said she hopes to continue to offer the good food and service which residents came to expect when the business was owned and operated by Bobby and Harry Ade.

"Bobby and Harry had done a great job," she said, before having to close the business in January 2002 due to health-related reasons. Remington said that patrons will find the business largely unchanged, including the recipe for the eatery's ' famous prime rib, save for some, additions to the menu.

"People in the area appreciate [this restaurant] when it's open," Remington said. "There are many people here who would just like some place to go that is reasonable and comfortable."

She described the business as a family-style restaurant, featuring a comfortable, homey atmosphere; it features closed doors between the dining area and the bar.

New to the restaurant. Remington plans to offer all-day breakfast, including omelets, waffles and her own homemade breakfast crepes, as well as an expanded offering of soups, salads and a children's menu. The restaurant will continue to serve Italian foods, seafood, sandwiches and appetizers. Dining hours are from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The bar will open at 11 a.m. and close at 1 a.m. the following morning, Remington said. In addition to alcoholic beverages, she hopes patrons will frequent the bar to participate in a number of activities, such as horse shoes, darts. Karaoke and dancing. She also plans to offer live music on occasion, and a television is nestled into a cozy nook with couches and upholstered chairs.

"This is not going to be just a bar," she said. "I want it to be a place where people can come play cards, cribbage or backgammon ... it doesn't have to be a drunken brawl. I want it to be a social experience."

Remington said she is unsure how many employees will be required to operate, but she stressed she is hiring experienced staff. Irene Eastman, the general manager from the Kennebunkport businesses, EATZ Eatery and Unique Boutique, is in Brownville currently five daysout of the week assisting in the startup.

She said she is enthusiastic about the new business and especially about meeting the people who make up the Brownville community residents and vacationers alike. She said she has enjoyed seeing families come back year after year to her Kennebunkport businesses, and hopes to develop a like experience in Brownville.

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