THOMASTON, Maine — The new owners of the Thomaston Cafe — a mainstay of the town’s downtown for about 90 years — have brought their farm products to customers’ tables.
Ryan Jones and Marci Molloy purchased the cafe at 154 Main St. earlier this year from longtime owners Herbert and Eleanor Peters and after some renovations reopened the restaurant on Saturday.
Jones said he never expected to run a restaurant although he has plenty of experience in the business. He worked in the kitchens of country clubs and high-end hotels in Florida, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. One of those jobs was banquet chef at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.
For the past five years, Jones has operated Farmer Jones Organic at 39 Colby Way about one mile from the Main Street cafe.
Molloy had talked about running a restaurant and Jones said they had tried to purchase the Owls Head General Store but negotiations were not successful. Then, in April, a co-worker of Molloy’s saw an advertisement for the Thomaston Cafe.
The farm is helping to supply the cafe with fresh eggs, vegetables, herbs and grass-fed beef. Weskeag Farm in South Thomaston also is another source of locally produced farm products, Jones said.
Seafood served at the cafe also is locally caught.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Tuesdays through Wednesdays. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday will feature brunch.