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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/11/16 18:15:42 (permalink)
On their Facebook page there a few construction-related photos about a new water line under Route 1 and about the newly-poured foundation and the preparation for it--no building yet. But soon!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Helens-Restaurant-of-Machias/129631373717491
 
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/11/16 19:36:09 (permalink)
Thanks for the updates JB-ME.  I've also been following along on their Facebook page.  They are really moving along!
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/12/24 08:57:14 (permalink)
The Bangor Daily News online had an article with pictures that describes the progress made on reconstruction of Helen's. David Barker (owner) said that they hope to reopen in late March.
http://bangordailynews.com/slideshow/construction-proceeding-on-helens-restaurant-in-machias-with-new-building-to-open-in-march/
More amazing pictures on Helen's FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Helens-Restaurant-of-Machias/129631373717491
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/12/31 17:01:36 (permalink)
Pictures of outside and inside progress!


 

 
 
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/12/31 17:05:02 (permalink)
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Thanks for the continued updates.  I have been following along on Facebook and they are really moving!
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/12/31 18:26:18 (permalink)
It is really nice to see the building site start to really look like a building. A late March opening seems more and more possible.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/02/17 23:53:01 (permalink)
Well Helen's new floor was poured last week. They had to wait until they had a few days above freezing. Lucky them. It hasn't been anywhere near that warm here for weeks.

For more photos/info, see their FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Helens-Restaurant-of-Machias/129631373717491
I've wondered how all of our snowstorms and blizzard of the last 3 weeks or so have affected progress. There was a short video of nearby Lubec and their problems with the snow. Machias wouldn't be much different.
http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2015/02/17/snow-presents-major-challenge-in-lubec/23581215/
Impressive winter for Maine.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/03/16 16:15:22 (permalink)
In a comment on their Facebook page, the owners of Helen's wrote that they were hoping to reopen in mid-April.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/03/16 20:52:17 (permalink)
I have to return one of these days. My first and only visit was way back in 1998
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/03/16 20:53:15 (permalink)
That is so good to hear.  Thanks for all the updates JB-ME.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/03/17 09:37:00 (permalink)
I mentioned seeing the FB comment yesterday, and today the Bangor Daily has an article updating the rebuilding process with some quotes from the Barkers--the owners.
http://bangordailynews.com/2015/03/16/business/reconstructed-machias-restaurant-heMlens-to-reopen-soon/
Machias, as both BB and WJ know, is a place that you really have to want to go there. Next stop Canada. 
I hope the new restaurant will work out well for owners, employees, as well as their customers.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/04/26 12:48:22 (permalink)
One fine piece of pie:

I thought BB would like to see this! This is the fresh blueberry pie, but I'll bet their regular, baked blueberry pie, which would almost always be available, is awesome, too.
According to the FB site for Helen's: "Getting closer but no exact date yet" and "Booths coming soon!! Food shortly after!". Both were posted three days ago.


 
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/04/26 13:34:25 (permalink)
That is one beautiful piece of pie!
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/05/19 16:07:04 (permalink)
Helen's reopened today (Tuesday, 5/19)! The Bangor Daily News just posted an article about their soft reopening this morning. Or as soft a reopening as they could manage. New computer system and a mix of old and new staff...
http://bangordailynews.co...estroyed-in-2014-fire/
This fresh strawberry pie was available today--

Good news for the owners and for the small, rural, downeast Maine town of Machias.
 
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/05/19 17:24:47 (permalink)
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Hey, that's great news!  A restaurant like this means so much to a small town like Machias.  Any chance you can visit soon and give us a full report back?
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/05/19 18:33:37 (permalink)
I wish I could go and report back, but I have back and knee issues that make it uncomfortable to drive that far. It is a long round trip--even if you start in Maine. From my house, a distance calculator says it is 169 miles and 3 hours of driving time each way. While I am sure the mileage is accurate,  that is all 2 lane road. In the past I have been to Lubec, Machias, and over to Campobello Island, I know it takes longer than 3 hours to drive there.
I would think the restaurant review sites will soon have fresh reviews of the 'new' Helen's.
That strawberry pie is calling my name! Didn't you have some when you were there?
A restaurant like that really does mean a lot in a rural part of Maine without a lot of employment opportunities.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/05/19 18:38:15 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about the health issues.  And I didn't realize you were so far away.
 
I was hoping for blueberry pie during my visit last year, but it was too early in the season.  So, I had to "settle" for the strawberry instead.  One bite into that pie and I was quite thankful to have that in front of me, instead.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/05/20 08:15:46 (permalink)
Settling for that strawberry pie must have been such a hardship.
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before, that Maine is a large state geographically. If you look at a map of New England, it is about as big as the five other states combined. So it takes a while to travel places--especially those places in the far north or east.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/05/20 10:46:56 (permalink)
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http://bangordailynews.co...estroyed-in-2014-fire/

I was hoping the story would have some comparative photos showing the old restaurant side-by-side with the new.  It sounds as if the interior layout was changed a fair amount.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/05/20 11:36:42 (permalink)
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Not sure if I mentioned it yet or not, but a buddy of mine is coaching at University of Maine at Presque Isle.  I would have loved to have visited him last year, but even while I was all the way in the eastern most part of the state, it was still quite a distance away.
 
Every once in a while, he sends me restaurant recommendations and yesterday he wrote about a place called Grammy's in Linneus.  He has really good taste and I trust his opinions and he gave it his highest marks.  Know anything about the place? 
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2015/05/20 17:26:14 (permalink)
I don't recall you mentioning a friend at UMPI. Is it just where he ended up finding a job, or is he from Maine? He is in the far north I mentioned--Aroostook County--AKA 'the County'. From Machias to Presque Isle would have been several hours of driving, probably on Rt 1/1A. I drove to Houlton once a few years ago, giving my sister's friend a ride home. We were at my sister's home in Millinocket--that's about an hour and a quarter or so north of Bangor, mostly on I-95. And it was quite a ride up to Houlton--potato country. That's the northern end of I-95. PI is still quite a drive north of that.
I've never heard of Linneus or Grammy's. That's also up in the County and not an area I am familiar with. Grammy's has a Facebook page, and they mentioned it was fiddlehead season I remember you wrote about having fiddleheads at Helen's last year.
https://www.facebook.com/...untry-Inn/318021972096
I thought I had heard of most Maine town names. I worked in IT for MDOT for awhile, progamming info about Maine's transportation modes. I learned the county names and many town names back then, but don't recall ever hearing about Linneus.
I am much more familiar with coastal Maine, which is where the majority of the population (about 1.3 million) live. My parents were both born and grew up on Maine islands.
SC--I think it did mention in an earlier article that the floorplan was made slightly smaller and had been rearranged. If I were given an opportunity to redesign the floorplan, I would, too!
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