June 24, 2018
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Lincoln’s Coffee Pot Cafe shuts its doors

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
The Coffee Pot Cafe on West Broadway in Lincoln closed due to a lack of business.
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — The Coffee Pot Cafe has closed.

Neighbors of the West Broadway eatery said it shut down Saturday and that workers were inside the business emptying it of much of its contents on Tuesday.

A woman who answered the telephone Wednesday at The Coffee Pot Cafe in Bangor, whose owner also owns the Lincoln store, confirmed the closing.

“It’s just that the economy has gotten so poor up in that area,” said the woman, who declined to give her name before hanging up the phone.

Attempts to contact Dr. Robert Erickson, who owns the restaurant, at his Bangor office were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

An Internet search revealed the presence of nine restaurants in Lincoln. Lincoln also has two grocery stores and several convenience stores that sell sandwiches.

Ruth Birtz, the town’s economic development coordinator, said the sandwich business had recently changed owners but she did not have details.

Workers at the Why Not Stop? convenience store and Sunoco gas station next door said a sign reading “Out of bread” had been hanging on the front door on Saturday. No sign indicating the business’s closure was hanging there when a Bangor Daily News reporter visited on Wednesday.

The Coffee Pot Cafe featured sandwiches and other dishes when it opened in October at 293 West Broadway, the former home of the Pit Road Concessions Diner, which closed in April 2012.

Business had been slackening recently, neighbors said.

The Coffee Pot Cafe of Bangor made news in 2011 when i ts owners sued The Legacy Sandwich Shop of 163 State St. of Bangor over the use of the words “deluxe” and “superdeluxe” to describe its sandwiches.

Lawyers for the owners of the two rival Bangor restaurants that make sandwiches similar to the beloved Coffee Pot — a third and well-known Bangor restaurant that closed in 2009 — filed a joint stipulation of dismissal in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

The case was dismissed by U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby “with prejudice,” which means it can’t be resubmitted in federal court or refiled in state court.

BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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