Muddy Rudder changing name to Schooners

Posted Feb. 15, 2012, at 2:21 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 15, 2012, at 3:12 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — When Michael and Sharine Kessock purchased the Muddy Rudder restaurant in June of last year, they were given permission to use the Muddy Rudder name for a year.

The 230-seat riverside restaurant has a new name — Schooners — but signage will remain as it has been due to delivery problems, event planner Sarah Courtney said Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, the sign showed up damaged,” she said.

Until a replacement sign arrives, the restaurant will continue to use the Muddy Rudder name.

“Nothing else has changed,” but Schooners is adding some new menu items, Courtney said.

The Muddy Rudder opened in July 2002 at the site of the former Harborside restaurant, and for the last decade has played host to Brewer Winterfest events, a tradition that will continue this year with a bicentennial reception and fireworks set for Friday night and a People’s Choice chili and chowder cook-off scheduled for noon Saturday.