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Milo restaurant gets new owners

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 12, March 19, 2003

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

Observer Photo/Jessica Lee
NEW FACES, SAME PLACE New owners Chuck and Joi Stevens take a moment to pose in the dining room at The Restaurant in Milo, the former location of Angle's Restaurant.

MILO This familiar place has a new name and new owners, but don't expect much else to change.

Joi and Chuck Stevens, who bought Angle's Restaurant on Main Street in Milo, say the recipe for success that has driven this home - style eatery for more than a decade can't be topped.

"We're not going gourmet ... you're not going to see sushi on the menu," said Joi Stevens recently. "We're not going to change anything dramatically. They've got a great thing cooking and the social aspects of it, being close to the public."

The Stevens - residents of Milo and long patrons of the locally famous restaurant - have retained the same employees, a seasoned group of 15, and adopted the same menu,as well as the same hours of operation.

One change patrons will notice is the name change. Instead of Angle's, the name will be, simply. The Restaurant, so named after an old sign that Joi's great-grandfather had on the side of his former downtown Milo restaurant, years ago stationed at the corner of Main and Elm streets.

Joi Stevens said that the couple decided to buy the restaurant from Rhonda English and Doris Washbum, following a dream they shared of opening their own family restaurant. The opportunity seemed right, Stevens said, when Chuck Stevens took severence from his job as a lineman for Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. last year.

"It had been a dream of ours," said Joi Stevens, "something we've always wanted to do ... with the cooking and social aspects of it,being close to the public."

The restaurant changed hands, officially, March 13. The morning after, the couple offered free coffee to their new patrons.

Stevens said that Chuck has since accepted a job at Georgia Pacfic in Old Town, working on the paper towel machines, so the bulk of the business' operation is in her hands.She has operated her own businesses in the past, as a freelance photographer, with Joyful Photos and Glamour-us.

Chuck Stevens will help when he can, on those days he isn't commuting to Old Town, Joi said.

In addition, the couples two sons, 9-year-old Clay and 14-year-old Colby, already have shown signs of interest in the culinary arts. Clay, his mother said, makes a mean omlet, and Colby is keen on busing tables.

Joi said that she is grateful to the former owners for assisting in a smooth transition, and thankful, especially, for the hard-working employees.

"We have a full crew in place and they're just fantastic," Joi said. "We were extremely busy this weekend,and they worked their hearts out. Without them, we couldn't have done this."

The restaurant is open seven days a week - as it always has been. Hours of operation until March 30 are, as follows: Mondays and Tuesdays, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.