LINCOLN, Maine — A Dunkin’ Donuts and an American fare restaurant featuring hot dogs are the latest additions to Lincoln’s primary retail avenue, town officials said Friday.
Construction of the Dunkin’ Donuts began last week at a site adjoining McDonald’s restaurant and Hannaford Supermarket on West Broadway and is expected to end in time for a fall opening, said Ruth Birtz, the town’s economic development assistant.
Crazy Dog restaurant, meanwhile, received a temporary victualer’s license from the Lincoln Planning Board on Monday and will receive its permanent license on May 14. The temporary license allows the restaurant, which is adjacent to Why Not Stop? convenience store and the Dollar Tree on West Broadway, to open immediately, Birtz said.
The layoff of 200 workers in December from Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC, then the town’s largest employer, rocked the Lincoln Lakes region, but town officials are working to offset those losses and create more economic development opportunities for entrepreneurs, Birtz said.
The Dunkin’ Donuts, Crazy Dog, and the planned construction of an S.W. Collins hardware store on West Broadway later this year “are signs that we are not going to just sit back and wait for something to happen,” Birtz said of town officials.
Crazy Dog replaces Coffee Pot Cafe, which opened in October 2012 at 293 West Broadway and closed in May 2013. Its building is also the former home of an American fare restaurant that closed in April 2012.
Construction of a 4-mile, $7.5 million natural-gas pipeline from a pipeline terminus near Interstate 95’s exit 227 to Lincoln Paper on Katahdin Avenue is continuing. Several businesses have taken out forms at the town office to apply to Bangor Gas Co. for gas service, Birtz said.
The line to Lincoln Paper is expected to be finished by fall.
Town Manager William Lawrence’s initiative aimed at retaining and drawing more young people to town will continue with a youth group meeting with the Town Council on May 12. The group, Lawrence said, plans to present the council with plans for dispelling crime from Prince Thomas Park and making the facility more family-oriented.
The town also held a job fair last weekend that drew several hundred people and businesses, he said.