May 21, 2018
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Lincoln eatery, pub to reopen

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — After shutting down for almost three months, Gillmor’s Restaurant will reopen July 6 as one of its owners has recovered from health problems.

The owners of the popular West Broadway eatery and pub, Charles and Catherine Gillmor, announced the reopening of the restaurant at 236 West Broadway with a notice recently posted at their drive-in ice cream shop and carwash at 199 West Broadway.

Catherine Gillmor said Charles Gillmor’s health problems and feeling “overwhelmed” by the stresses of managing their businesses led them to close Gillmor’s, convert several bays of the carwash into a barbecue restaurant, and then to close the barbecue restaurant. Now that Charles Gillmor is feeling better, they decided to announce Gillmor’s reopening.

“We have finally got our feet back under us,” Catherine Gillmor said, “and we are going to go give it another shot.”

She joked gently that change is part of being Charles Gillmor’s business partner.

The two opened Gillmor’s Restaurant in 2005 after making ice cream at their farm on Enfield Road for several years. Then they invested $300,000 to $500,000 to add a third large dining room to the eatery and relocated the ice cream and fast-food manufacturing and sales done at their farm and restaurant to their newly expanded Lincoln Car Wash in 2007.

An investor and businessman from Massachusetts, Charles Gillmor opened the Chester Forest Products mill in Chester in 1988, then created the first restaurant after the sale of the mill to W.T. Gardner & Sons in 2001, he has said.

Though a few of the car wash bays remain along with the facility’s car vacuum cleaning bays, the bays converted for the restaurant at 199 West Broadway remain unused at the moment. That might change when the Gillmors’ son and his wife move to Lincoln from Virginia this fall to help operate the businesses, Catherine Gillmor said.

Town Economic Development Director Ruth Birtz said she was pleased to see Gillmor’s Restaurant reopen.

She said Thursday that she has had inquiries for other businesses looking to relocate or open in Lincoln, but did not expect any moves to occur for at least a few months.

The entrepreneurs are “researching where they want to relocate and getting their financing in order,” Birtz said.

The reopened restaurant will employ 18 to 20 people, Gillmor said.

“Almost everyone is coming back,” she said. “The only thing new I am looking for is a bartender.”

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