Just a few weeks after its owners announced The Roost in Orono was closing, a new bar and restaurant has opened to take its place in the same location: Slice Bar, which is offering pizza and bar service at 19 Mill St. in downtown Orono.
Slice Bar is owned by Kostas and Irene Bazmpas, who also own Orono House of Pizza at 154 Park St., or OHOP, as it is popularly known.
Since taking over OHOP several years ago from original owner Thomas Shanos, the Bazmpas have expanded the eatery to include a late-night bar, which opened in October 2016 and is popular with the many college students who live in the large apartment complexes across the street, including The Avenue, The Reserve and Orchard Trails.
Slice Bar, the Bazmpas’ second location, will offer a similarly classic college bar experience — drink specials, live music and DJs, karaoke and slices of pizza. Like The Roost before it, it will also broadcast sports on the many large TVs lining the walls. Slice Bar opened for business on Jan. 23 and will stay open through the remainder of the academic year. The Bazmpas plan a complete renovation of the space for the summer, according to OHOP’s Facebook page.
Slice Bar is the third new bar to open in Orono in the past year, after The Common Loon Public House, which opened last June, and Orono Brewing Co.’s new headquarters on Margin Street, which opened in October.