BANGOR, Maine — A new sandwich shop has opened at 163 State St. — next door to the now vacant lot that used to house the legendary Coffee Pot. The Legacy Sandwich Shop features 12 different Bangor-themed sandwiches, in addition to salads, soup and desserts.
Owner Bruce Guimond recently was laid off from a longtime job managing a kitchen at a local hospital. He wanted to stay in the food business, and when the property became available, he jumped on board. Legacy opened May 17.
“I wanted to continue the tradition of a good sandwich on Main Street,” said Guimond. “People have come to expect a good, quality sandwich where the Coffee Pot has always been, so we’re really happy to be able to bring that back.”
Sandwiches range from the City Forest, a vegetarian sandwich, to the Hannibal Hamlin, which features, not surprisingly, ham.
“We wanted to have sandwiches that pertain to Bangor’s history,” he said. “We had an artist come in and do a mural of different things in Bangor. It’s nice and cozy.”
Legacy Sandwich also has an array of Coffee Pot-esque sandwiches, the ham and salami creation made famous by the original Coffee Pot eatery. The Coffee Pot closed last December, after nearly 80 years in business.
Guimond hired several former Coffee Pot employees at his business. According to Guimond, Skip Rist, the now retired owner of the Coffee Pot, has come by for lunch several times.
“He’s been in and bought sandwiches. He’s given us his blessing,” he said. “He’s pleased that we’ve gone about it the right way, and not used his name or menu or anything.”
Guimond, a certified food service professional, prides his business on its cleanliness and consistency.
“We always order fresh everything,” he said. “We take a lot of pride in just doing a good job.”
For information, visit www.legacysandwich.com.