BANGOR, Maine — In just one week, Bangor residents will have a new place to get their cheese fix. Eat More Cheese, the Belfast specialty shop with the cheese-positive name, will open a Queen City store on Wednesday, May 25.
Proprietors Tony and Natalia Rose said Tuesday afternoon that the new shop will be located at 195 State St. in Bangor, right next door to Frank’s Bake Shop. It’s where State Street Wine Cellar operated for 12 years before closing in March.
While the Roses focus on cheese, they also provide wines, cured meats and other artisan goods in Belfast, and plan to do the same in Bangor.
“We didn’t really plan to do this, but an opportunity arose,” Tony Rose said. “We get a lot of customers from Bangor year-round. We’ll be able to serve them better and with more frequency.”
The Roses, who have kept Eat More Cheese open year-round since 2012, expect to hold cheese and wine tasting events in Bangor, just as they do in Belfast, with a special opening wine and cheese tasting planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in Bangor.
“Tastings are very casual and educational, and we always pair cheeses with each wine,” Tony Rose said Tuesday. “Everyone is welcome.”
This will be the second cheese shop in Bangor. Bangor Wine & Cheese has been located on Hammond Street since 2000, and sells a selection of wines, beers, cheeses, cured meats and seafood and more.
In Belfast, Eat More Cheese also is known for creating special cheese party platters and a willingness to make cheese recommendations and offer samples to customers. The Roses, who were into cheese as a hobby before becoming full-time cheesemongers, said they were inspired to open the Belfast shop after visiting Montreal.
“We saw those sorts of shops up there and realized that was really something you couldn’t find in Maine,” Tony Rose said.
Now, of course, more and more specialty shops have opened their doors around the state, but the Roses said they continue to offer something that isn’t run-of-the-mill.
“We always emphasize service,” Tony Rose said. “The full-service aspect is something that’s not available in Bangor [right now].”