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A number of downtown Bangor restaurants said Monday afternoon that they would close for dine-in service effectively immediately, while some retail and service establishments said they would close to the public indefinitely.
Paddy Murphy’s and Geaghan’s Pub and Brewery, restaurants that would both typically expect packed crowds for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, both announced on Monday that they will be closed for the Tuesday holiday. Paddy Murphy’s owner John Dobbs said in a Facebook post that due to the restaurant’s small size, controlling crowds is not realistic on one of their busiest days of the year. He plans to stay closed indefinitely as well.
“Though our staff has been amazing at disinfecting and cleaning everything, we feel we can’t limit how much the COVID-19 virus can spread based on our cozy seating and smaller restaurant footprint,” Dobbs said. COVID-19 is the official name of the new coronavirus.
The Downtown Bangor Partnership has put together a request form for downtown restaurants that want to use curbside pickup. Later this week, city staff will designate certain downtown parking spots for curbside pickup only.
A list of restaurants and businesses announcing their closure, or reduction to only takeout or online orders at this time is below. This list will be updated.
Bars and restaurants
— Geaghan’s Pub
— Paddy Murphy’s
— West Market Square Artisan Coffeehouse
— Tea & Tarts
— Ipanema Bar & Grill
— Queen City Cinema Club
— Nocturnem Drafthaus (Monday and Tuesday)
— Orono Brewing Company
— Pepino’s Mexican Restaurant (takeout available; 207-947-1233)
— Black Bear Brewing
— The New Waverly Restaurant
— Wicked Brew Cafe
— Pompeii Pizza (takeout and delivery; 207-573-3015)
— Mama D Thai Cuisine (takeout and delivery available; 207-947-3030)
— Fork & Spoon (takeout available; 207-433-7646)
Retail and services
— Valentine Footwear
— The Noble Root Salon
— The Rock & Art Shop
— Mexicali Blues
— City Drawers
— Haworth Academic Center
— Habitat for Humanity ReStore
— Herbal Tea & Tobacco
— The Willie Wags (shop online at thewilliewags.com)
— Maine Jewelry & Art (shop online at etsy.com/shop/mainejewelryandart)