A couple on their first date snuggle to the blues riffs of Ana Popovic after consuming chicken tenders at the Time Out Pub in Rockland in this 2006 photo. Credit: Kevin Bennett / BDN

ROCKLAND, Maine ― The owners of a popular downtown bar and restaurant here say they will be closing its doors after 23 years in business.

Time Out Pub owners James Beaulieu and Katherine Thyng made the announcement on the business’s Facebook page Wednesday. They did not offer a reason for the closure. The pub has been closed since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced bars to close.

“It is after much soul searching and with heavy hearts that we have decided to close the doors of the Time Out Pub for good. JB and Kathy would like to thank their loyal staff, friends and patrons for a wonderful 23 year ride,” the owners said.

Time Out Pub was home to the year round Monday Night Blues series, which would feature touring blues musicians from across the country and was a popular draw for both locals and tourists.