The wait is finally over for fans of a wicked-popular Waterville, Maine restaurant. You may remember that just under a month ago, we told you that two Waterville businesses were looking to get out of their current locations, with one business taking over the other's spot.

Well, it's finally happened! Waterville, Maine's popular Buen Apetito restaurant has officially moved into the former Drip City Arcade Bar spot, formerly Joseph's Fireside Steak House.

This move comes after months-long dispute over parking with Buen Apetito's former landlord at the Railroad Square location, also in Waterville.

Buen Apetito, Google Maps
Buen Apetito, Google Maps

Drip City Arcade Bar, which has now vacated the 99 West River Road location, is working on moving into their soon-to-be new location on Main Street in Waterville. The Drip City owners said that they have wanted to move into a smaller, more compact location since their inception. They only took the West River Road location because, during COVID, it made more sense to have a spot where people could more easily distance. Now, with the pandemic entering the rearview, they want to downsize their square footage.

Drip-City-Location, now Buen Apetito

The owners of the much-loved Mexican eatery say they are happily now open for business as usual at their new Waterville spot. Additionally, The Kennebec Journal is reporting that Buen Apetito's bar is now open, too, which is the first time that's been the case since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.

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It looks like two Waterville businesses that have hopes of relocating are going to be able to make it happen in the most unique way possible.

According to the Kennebec Journal, the owners of Buen Apetito Mexican Restaurant located at Railroad Square in Waterville have been hoping to relocate since the start of a very public parking dispute with the property owner.

The owners of Buen Apetito, Susan and Gary Laplant, say that one of the first places they thought would be a perfect spot for their eatery is the current Drip City Arcade Bar over on the West River Road, formerly Joseph's Fireside Steak House, the newspaper states.

However, instead of the owners of Drip City Arcade Bar being upset that another local business is eyeing their location for a possible move, they say it couldn't have come at a better time.

That's because the owners at Drip City say that they too have been eyeing a potential move to Waterville's downtown district, according to the KJ.

The owners of Drip City tell the newspaper that their plan all along was to be in a smaller location closer to downtown but, because of the pandemic, they thought having more space would be beneficial for them.

Now that times have changed, they say they're ready to make the move.

The lease on the Drip City building on West River Road expires in mid-January and that's when Buen Apetito expects to be open at that location, according to the KJ.

In the meantime, Drip City Arcade Bar will be working on moving to and renovating their likely new location at 129 Main Street, Waterville, the newspaper reported, and the owners say they hope to be open in the new spot sometime this spring.

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