April 25, 2018
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Lincoln eatery anticipates 200 for free dinner

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — Gillmor’s Restaurant was on its way Wednesday to accommodating a record number of guests for its fifth annual Thanksgiving Day dinner, its managing partner said.

As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, 127 orders had been placed for free dinners, and 25 volunteers were offering to help with the dinner — enough so that some either were being turned away or given jobs as dining room hosts, said Jamie Breen, who expects at least 200 guests to dine at the West Broadway restaurant today.

“We are extremely prepared. We have enough stuff donated so that we can feed 300 to 400 people if they come through the door,” Breen said Wednesday. “Everybody who comes will get a meal.”

The free dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are invited to attend. Those who are unable to travel to the restaurant because of age, health or a lack of transportation should call the restaurant today at 794-6565 to reserve a free delivered meal.

Past dinners have drawn as many as 200 diners and 75 patrons getting deliveries, said Breen, who recently came to Lincoln to run the restaurant. The restaurant will close once the dinner is finished and reopen on Friday, Breen said.

Smoked turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, squash, peas, carrots, rolls and other fixings will be offered. The food is provided for free by the restaurant’s wholesale providers such as Pepsi Bottling Co., community contributions, local businesses and Lincoln’s food cupboard, Breen has said.

Work smoking the turkeys was to begin at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, with most of the cooking left for today, chef Fred Kaplan said.

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