Epi sub, pizza shop in Bangor to close

Posted April 06, 2010, at 11:28 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Epi Sub and Pizza, a popular downtown sandwich shop, will close at the end of business on Saturday, its general manager said Tuesday.

Bob Honea, who bought the restaurant with his wife, Alma Honea, last August, said the decision wasn’t made lightly, but that the time came to cut their losses.

“I guess we’re the newest victim of the economic crisis,” he said. “It’s tough for a small business in Maine right now. The lesson I’ve learned is, ‘Never buy a restaurant during a recession.’”

The Honeas, who came to Maine by way of Alaska, own the building and plan to either lease the space or sell outright.

“Everything is on the table,” Bob Honea said.

The two-story brick building on Main Street across from the Bangor Opera House also is home to a physical therapist and a massage therapist. Honea said neither would be affected by the sandwich shop’s closure.

Epi Sub and Pizza opened in Bangor in 1991. The business already had been established in Bar Harbor in the 1970s, according to Honea, when the original owner wanted to expand to Bangor. Although the two businesses have the same name and are both sandwich shops, they are no longer affiliated.

Honea said the shop would remain open the rest of this week, then close for good at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“We love our customers. They are great people,” he said. “We really enjoyed doing this.”

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