BATH, Maine — Handing slices of pizza from the kitchen to waiting customers at The Cabin restaurant Wednesday, first lady Ann LePage said, “This is the place to come, from what I hear.”
LePage delivered slices of pizza just after the lunchtime whistle blew in the Bath Iron Works shipyard.
“White, cheese and pepperoni, right?” LePage asked restaurant owner Paul Hasenfus. “Don’t fire me yet.”
“It was always a joke that one thing I’ve never done is be a waitress,” LePage said before the lunchtime crowd arrived. “My husband tells me I couldn’t make it as a bartender because I’m too judgmental. I’d always be telling people, ‘You should be home with your wife.’”
LePage asked to tour the shipyard, BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini said Wednesday.
“And naturally we said we’d be happy to have her come aboard,” he said.
“[BIW] is amazing,” LePage said. “They handle pieces of the ships like they are Tonka trucks.”
The tour reminded her of the nearly 14 years she worked at Scott Paper in Winslow, she said, where she met her husband, who at the time was a consultant.
“He was what my dad always called a ‘white collar,’” she said, smiling. “My dad said, ‘Ann, for god’s sake, he’s a white collar. He doesn’t know how to work.’”
After her time at BIW, LePage went to The Cabin on Washington Street, which next month will celebrate its 40th year in business.
“There is so much rich history in Bath. For over two centuries, ships have been built in this town; and today, Bath hosts one of Maine’s largest employers,” LePage said in a prepared statement before her visit. “The downtown and small businesses are still thriving. I want to congratulate Paul Hasenfus on 40 years of successfully serving the Bath community and thank him for the opportunity to come and experience life at The Cabin during their busy lunchtime!”
LePage chatted with employees and the occasional customer, although most seemed not to know she was there.
She even offered to play matchmaker for Hasenfus, telling him, “That’s my specialty, fixing people up.”
As the first workers trickled in for lunch, LePage had the delivery down. But she warned, laughing, “When that whistle blows, I’m going to go into cardiac arrest.”