October 21, 2018
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Massimo’s in downtown Bangor is reopening after nearly two years closed

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Massimo Ranni (right) and his wife, Anne Marie Ranni, at the now-closed Massimo's Pizza Bar in Bangor. They plan to re-open the original Massimo's Cucina Italiana on Hammond Street the weekend of Oct. 28.

The owner of Massimo’s Cucina Italiana in downtown Bangor plans to reopen in the next two weeks, in the restaurant’s original location at 96 Hammond St.

The photo posted on the Massimo’s Facebook page only had the caption “Coming soon,” but showed the original Massimo’s sign hung at the restaurant’s entrance.

Owner Massimo Ranni said he tried to retire after his last restaurant closed in October 2016, and moved to California for eight months. He soon realized, however, that he missed restaurant life.

“I miss the food. I miss the people. I miss the restaurant,” said Ranni. “I wasn’t ready to retire.”

The reopened Massimo’s will serve many of the dishes longtime fans of the restaurant came to love, alongside some new additions, including some new gluten-free options previously unavailable. Ranni, a native of Rome, offered Roman cuisine, including pasta, steaks, seafood and fresh-baked bread.

Massimo and Ann Marie Ranni opened the original Massimo’s in 2007, followed by a bakery, Massimo’s Breads, at 130 Hammond St. in 2011. In 2015, the bakery moved to Brewer, and Massimo’s Pizza Bar opened at 130 Hammond St. in early 2016, offering faster, more casual brick oven pizza in addition to the offerings at the Cucina.

In February 2016, the original Massimo’s closed (replaced by Brahma Grill), and in October 2016, the Pizza Bar closed (replaced by Novio’s, which remains open). In December 2016, the bakery in Brewer closed.

Brahma Grill opened at 96 Hammond St. in March 2016, owned by Brett Settle, who also at the time owned Giacomo’s. In December 2016, Settle closed Giacomo’s abruptly, later selling it in January 2017 to Blaze owners Matt Haskell and Evelina Kacprzykowska. In July 2017, Brahma Grill also closed. 96 Hammond St. has remained empty since.

Ranni said he expects to reopen the weekend of Oct. 28.

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