For almost two decades people from Central Maine and beyond have known the name 'Buddy T's'. Buddy T's restaurant opened 16 years ago by owner Buddy Taylor. The restaurant opened back in 2005 on Main Street in Auburn at the Marketplace Mall. While the restaurant will remain at its current location, other things are about to change.

Buddy put the eatery up for sale about 18 months ago after deciding he was ready for a break from the restaurant industry. Let's face it, the last 18 months haven't been easy on anyone that owns a restaurant.

According to the Sun Journal, the restaurant has sold and will be changing names. Melissa Goucher of Winthrop, a longtime patron of Buddy T's, has purchased the restaurant and is rebranding it as 'Melissa's Pub + Grill'. Melissa, who has worked as nurse for many years, told the SJ that this has always been her dream.

Goucher says to start she will be keeping the menu the same as Buddy T's and also operating under the same hours, seven days a week from 11 AM to 11 PM. She does plan on adding some healthier options to the menu down the road.

Goucher said about Taylor in a statement,

“He’s a friendly face and he picked on my husband and I every time we came in..Joke around, tease us, tease my husband mostly. Even if he’s behind the bar, and that’s usually where he is, he makes a point to come out and say hello to people and I really want that to continue. I think it’s important for the owner to walk around and see that people are happy, and if they’re not, fix it.”

Top Rated Yelp Restaurants In Lewiston / Auburn

These are the top restaurants in the Lewiston / Auburn area, according to Yelp!, as of August of 2021.

10 Central Maine Business That Permanently Closed During The Pandemic

Unfortunately, the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic forced many businesses across the country to close their doors permanently. We've put together a list of Central Maine businesses that closed during the height of the pandemic (between the spring of 2020 and summer 2021). Please keep in mind that not all of these businesses closed specifically due to the pandemic.

10 Central Maine Businesses That Our Listeners Miss

Everything changes, whether we want it to or not. This includes businesses. Many of the businesses we grew up with are no longer in Maine. Some no longer exists at all. Here are some of the businesses that are no longer in Maine that you miss.

2021 Maine Agricultural Fair Dates

Even though it may not seem it, Maine fair season is just around the corner. According to the Maine Fairs website, these are the proposed dates for some of Maine's biggest fairs.

Do you have our free radio station app yet? If not, it's the perfect way to request a song, talk to the DJs, enter exclusive contests and to stay up to date with everything that's happening in and around Central Maine and the world. When you download it, make sure you turn on the push notifications so that we can send you exclusive content and local breaking news that you need to know about first. Just enter your mobile number below and we'll send a download link right to your mobile device. After that, you can download for free and immediately begin accessing all kinds of exclusive content tailored just for you. Give it a try and stay connected with us!

Get our free mobile app


More From 102.9 WBLM