Bulldozers and excavators worked on demolishing the former Nicky''s Cruisin' Diner building, located at 961 Union Street on Monday. The local diner closed in June after more than 30 years in business. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

The building that formerly housed Nicky’s Cruisin’ Diner had been partially torn down Monday morning, and the rest of the building will come down at a later date, according to Bangor’s code enforcement officer.

Bulldozers on Monday quickly demolished the rear part of the building, located at 961 Union St., which formerly was the site of Nicky’s Cruisin’ Diner, a Bangor eatery that closed in June after more than 30 years in business.

Bulldozers and excavators worked on demolishing the former Nicky’s Cruisin’ Diner building, located at 961 Union Street on Monday. The local diner closed in June after more than 30 years in business. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

The rest of the building will be torn down at a later date, according to Bangor’s code enforcement officer Jeff Wallace.

There were many factors that went into the decision to close, though the onset of the coronavirus pandemic did not help matters, owners Karen and Howie Day said.

The building at 961 Union St. is owned by Benjamin Grant of Holden. It’s not known what will be done with the now vacant property.

A number of other restaurants in the Bangor area have fallen victim to tough economic times during the pandemic and decided to close permanently, including the Just Down The Road Grille in Hermon and the downtown Bangor location of Jersey Subs & Sweets, though Jersey Subs will open a new location at 103 Center St. in Brewer later this month.

Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.