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  • But other eateries use the public sidewalks for bistro tables.  Where is the common sense?

  • We support Lynn and the Brass Compass.  My husband and I were in last Saturday for lunch and we met up with people who had come to town from another State  just to have her famous Lobster Club.  Her business attracts people to Rockland and the Mid Coast!  I have had lunch and breakfast outside and I have enjoyed the memorial park.  She has paid the City of Rockland the fees required by them, she has cleaned up the park,  GREAT JOB Lynn!  Keep up the good work!  We support you and your small business!  Thank you!  

  • Anonymous

    It is common to see sidewalks and other public walkways used for adjacent eateries all over the world. I’m sure that many of our veterans have spent time in those bistros as they travel the globe protecting our world. Having the outdoor seating at the Brass Compass has allowed many people to linger who otherwise may not have even acknowledged the existence this memorial during their trip to Rockland. Lynne has ensured that the area has been shown respect by bringing people to this corner and keeping an area of Rockland clean that had been let go to weeds and trash.
    Many of us have ancestors who fought in World War 1 as well as our other wars. Would those war veterans have a problem sharing a very small amount of their space so that a meal could be shared while overlooking a memorial in their honor? I think not.

  • Anonymous

    As an employee of the brass compass I have to say that in the past 9 years that I have worked there I have never seen a lot of people sit on the benches provided by the city and if you do it is usually a vagrant. I also come from a family of veterans and I would think that they would like the small portion that we use to be enjoyed by smiling happy laughing people These are the people that our veterans fought for so that they could sit at these tables FREEDOM!!!!

  • Anonymous

    What most seem to be missing is the argument that the City Council has allowed one business to profit from the use of city property when other businesses that have tried to use the City sidewalks for seating have been refused, and their tables are limited to takeout only.  No one person or business is disputing that outside seating is appealing and enjoyed by all.  But as a business owner I believe that the City Council is given the task of creating rules/ordinances that serve all the people and businesses of the City of Rockland.  The rules cannot be changed or adjusted to suit any one business or person.  Respectively, Leslie Spiers, owner Myrtle Street Tavern, 12 Myrtle Street, Rockland, Maine.

    • Anonymous

      What you and the others have done is to gang up on a fellow merchant.  Surely you can address the council with your needs again without disparaging what Archer has made of that space.  
      I am familiar with your business and the many problems there as has been reported in the news. 
      Maybe your business’s history is one reason that you have been denied by the council.   In any case, you do your cause no good by joining against the interests of  The Brass Compass.  Archer’s success does not hurt you.  You are hurting yourself.

      • Anonymous

        Once again read the comments and understand them fully.  The issue is fairness to all businesses. I, as you have noted incorrectly have not asked for outside seating.  My businesses history is not in question.  I do not have a personal cause.  My business is not part of the “downtown” group, I am not part of the the “Main St” group nor is my business in cluded in the downtown parking district.  Educate yourself before commenting please.  This is not a personal vendetta.  It is and always has been a question of businesses being treated in like. 

        • Anonymous

          What you say does not negate how you have joined this pack against Archer.   Perhaps it is you who might want to think this through more fully than you have.  I am aware of this issue and it’s history.
          Please explain just how the seating at Brass Compass is in any way in conflict with appropriate seating at other venues.   Just what exactly are you after here ?   You say that you have no ‘vendetta’ yet you have joined this attack.
          I have read the comments and I heard the meeting last night.  You are right that I do not understand why you and your group, and yes,  by speaking against Archer you are now part of this group,  have decided to undermine this business and this woman.

    • Anonymous

      When one decides to open a business in ANY town/city  they should know about the town ordinances/rules BEFORE they decide to take that particular space. Don’t attack one’s business because they have a FABULOUS spot on Main St and just so happens they are able to have outside seating. There is no argument here and this sounds very childish if you ask me. Lesson: Life is not fair, No one is completely equal, You make your bed, and Jealousy is a sickness (Hope you get better soon!).

  • Anonymous

    Having watched the discussion of the outside seating issue at last nite’s council meeting I was dismayed.       The Bests’ antagonism and lies about the park were bad enough, but to see the other merchants ganging up on Archer was absolutely shocking.  What are they thinking.  If they had any sense at all they would see that what Archer has done with that outdoor space enhances the Rockland downtown.   That enhances their  businesses as well.  I would never have imagined these merchants to be such ugly people, but my eyes have been opened.  
    These merchants along with the Bests give Rockland a very bad name.I completely support Archer and wish her continued success.   To the others,  I say, shame on you!

  • Anonymous

    I’m both surprised and disgusted by this “pack mentality” of merchants who have decided to attack a sole target and try to bring her down. Why? In the hope of getting business away from her, of course. Are you surprised that this has been spearheaded by competing restaurant owners? Thirteen food-related local businesses in all. Nice local support. Rockland Main Street is truly a farce.

    Lynn Archer’s Brass Compass Cafe is a major draw for tourists in Rockland, and a familiar and comfortable breakfast and lunch spot for local Mainers. Anyone who doesn’t think her throwdown win against Bobby Flay hasn’t been a huge draw for visitors to Rockland aren’t paying attention to the reality of it all. All local Rockland businesses have benefited from this. There’s a lot of hypocrisy at work here, as members of this pride of attacking lions are Penobscot Bay Chamber members and are actively involved with Rockland Main Street, whose mission is supposedly to protect the economic vitality of downtown Rockland. This is a cleverly disguised mission to hurt a successful local business parading as a Veteran’s support cause. We all support our veterans and their memories, from any era, and using this heart-tug of a rally point to attack Lynn Archer’s 10 years of hard work and restaurant success is both pathetic and embarrasing for Rockland and the Midcoast in general.

  • Anonymous

    To Lynn, I just want to say you are in my thoughts during this most ludicrous of times. A good friend always comments to me on how great it is that I can go anywhere in the Midcoast, (having lived here my whole life), and know just about everybody. Having come from a New York and Boston background where no one knows or cares less who you are, to have people be friendly and say hello and seem to care in small town Maine still amazes him. I always hate to have to remind this friend of the flip side that he doesn’t want to hear…that this also is a breeding ground for backstabbing haters with small town mentality. I thought Rockland Main Street included restaurants, and was a coalition whose purpose was to support each other?? It comes down to the truth, Lynn, that they’d all throw you under the bus to get a dime away from you. And that’s a damned sad truth. For ANY of them to use the “veteran” card in this case is just plain low. You are not disrespecting anyone. In fact, I’m certain your business has actually heightened the awareness of this memorial’s existence more than anything else. We know the truth. Jealousy doesn’t benefit the economy or hospitality of Rockland, Maine! Lynn, I support you and your business and I’m just plain embarrassed, saddened, and enraged by your list of neighbors who don’t appreciate how much business you also bring their way all year.
     

  • As someone who was born and raised in Rockland who now live away, I experienced the Brass Compass and the Veterens park last when I was home two years ago. both had changed since i moved away in 1997. My concern is not with Ms Archer or the outside seating. I think what she had is fine as long as she doesn’t plan to expand more than what she has and if she is willing to pay the city and help upkeep the park so much the better.

    My biggest concern from what I observed two years ago was that the stone with the names of the veterans in the sidewalk for people to walk over or worse let their dogs walk over. When I was home that year there was a Robert Indiana “Love” statue in the park and I couldn’t help noticing the irony in that you could walk on the names of the men the park was named for, but there was a sign on the sculpture asking people to “please not touch the artwork”.

  • I also believe that all should be treated equal but archers has taken a broken down pool hall that was a hang out and turned it into a destination point and has brought tourism into rockland.people shouldnt be hating a women who has worked hard to make a name for herself and loves to make people happy,I feel it makes main street look more inviting when you see people sitting outside at the corner ,kinda makes me feel like its the place to be shopping after lunch,and if we can keep people on main street instead of walmart isnt that a good thing for everyone,,,,,plus in my personal opinion her staff are wonderful people just trying to pay their bills like everyone else,lets all get along and stop worrying about who is making more money

  • Anonymous

    I don’t disagree or agree with this at all. I have eaten at the Brass Compass and enjoyed eating outside on a warm summer day. I just think Lynn needs to think of her behavior and know that if people don’t agree with her its not right to write about them on Facebook rather it’s public knowlegde of not.

    • Anonymous

      I am not on Facebook so I do not know of  what  ‘behavior’ you are accusing her.  I have seen and read the behavior of the merchants and others who have spoken against her.  Is their behavior 
      O.K. with you ?

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