For more than 50 years, Dysart’s Restaurant in Hermon has stayed open 24 hours a day, every day of the year but Christmas, serving up Dysart’s menu favorites including Egg McRuth sandwiches, poutine and stacks of blueberry pancakes to long-haul truckers, night owls, college students and third-shift workers throughout the Bangor area.
As of Oct. 1, however, those 2 a.m. feasts of French fries and coffee will be a thing of the past. That’s when Dysart’s Restaurant will cut back its hours to 5 a.m. to midnight.
“It just came down to whether or not we could justify staying open all night, when an overnight with 10 customers would be considered a busy night,” said John Mason, general manager for both the Hermon and Bangor Dysart’s restaurants. “We’ve had these discussions among the staff for a couple of years, but within the last seven months it became clear that we just couldn’t keep doing it.”
Mason said that, as a manager, the decision to cut back serving hours wasn’t a hard one to make. But as a longtime employee who has worked for Dysart’s in several capacities for 27 years, he said the choice was bittersweet.
“One of our servers here has been working overnights for 17 years,” he said. “Even she said, when we told her we were going to stop overnights, that she wasn’t surprised. She knew this was coming. It’s sad, but it’s just what had to happen.”
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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