June 24, 2018
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Muddy Rudder under new ownership

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The ownership of the Muddy Rudder restaurant changed hands last week, closing the restaurant that is now owned by local resident Michael Kessock.

“We hope to open Tuesday,” he said on Sunday.

Kessock, a 1966 graduate of the University of Maine, received Brewer City Council approval for an amusement and liquor license for the restaurant in May and the purchase was finalized  Wednesday, June 1, he said. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The name of the riverfront restaurant, located at 5 South Main St., will not change immediately,  he said Sunday.

“We have the right to use it for a year,” the new owner said.

In July 1998, Kessock donated $300,000 to the his alma mater and the next year a lighted softball field was named Kessock Softball Field, in his honor.

Peter Anastos, who opened the 230-seat Muddy Rudder in July 2002 at the site of the former Harborside restaurant, said the corporation that owned the restaurant is primarily a hotel company that has been transitioning its focus away from restaurant ownership in the last few years.

“We have many fond memories of our years running the Brewer Muddy Rudder,” he said recently, just before thanking the restaurant staff for their service.

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