PORTLAND, Maine — Another iconic local dive bar will soon be gone. This time, it’s Rockin’ Rickey’s on Portland Street, across from the post office.
The tavern announced it was closing on Dec. 21 in a Facebook post on Wednesday. It follows other departed or remodeled bars such as Sangillo’s, George’s, the Griffin Club and Forest Gardens.
“It’s with [a] heavy Heart that I am announcing the end of an era,” wrote co-owner Ed Simmons about the nearly 45-year-old watering hole. “Novels could be written of all the happy times, sad times, fun times and not so fun times.”
A few minutes after its 11 a.m. opening time on Thursday, nearly half-a-dozen patrons sat at the bar, sipping yellow beer from plastic cups. All of them had heard the news and none were enthused.
“I’m not too happy about it,” Mary Bonnevie said.
Troy R. Bennett
Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.
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