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Dover-Foxcroft pizza shop run by grandmother celebrating 30 years in business

Mike Lange/Piscataquis Observer | BDN
Mike Lange/Piscataquis Observer | BDN
Pam Ames shows off one of her specials at Shiretown Pizza and Sandwich Shop in Dover-Foxcroft.
By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Shiretown Pizza and Sandwich Shop hits a milestone next month as the popular eatery on Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft observes its 30th anniversary.

Pam Ames, a grandmother of 13 who has worked for the restaurant from the beginning and owned the business for seven years, said that even though she’s still putting in long hours, she’s enjoying every moment of it.

“I’ve actually slowed down in recent years,” she said with a grin. “I even got my motorcycle license this year.”

The business originally was known as the Food and Fun Center when it was across the street from the Center Theater. In 1989, it moved to Foxbrook Variety; three years later, it moved to the present location on Main Street.

Ames bought the business from Dick and Maxine Barston seven years ago and recently bought the Barstons’ home.

“I bought it from Maxine after Dick passed away,” she said.

One thing that has stayed constant at Shiretown Pizza and Sandwich Shop, however, has been Ames’ commitment to making as many entrees homemade as possible.

“We specialize in our pizzas, lasagna, meatballs and marinated chicken,” she said. “We even make our own croutons.”

Ames’ granddaughter Jemyni True helps make the lasagna and meatballs every Sunday.

Shiretown Pizza and Sandwich Shop is one of the few takeout restaurants that deliver in the Dover-Foxcroft area. On the day of the interview, the staff was preparing 27 sandwiches and 16 pizzas for a delivery to True Textiles in Guilford.

“This is also a great service for senior citizens who don’t drive anymore. We’ve even gone out on Branns Mill Pond and delivered to the ice fishermen,” Ames said.

Looking for choices? The Shiretown Pizza and Sandwich Shop menu is five pages long and they also have four sizes of pizza instead of the usual two or three.

Ames is also proud of her family’s involvement in the business. Her daughter Crystal Harmon, cousin Lori Dumont and niece Tara Nelson are all part of the Shiretown Pizza and Sandwich Shop staff.

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