By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,310)
Earlier this month, the founders of a new restaurant in the former J. J. Nissen Bakery Building, announced their plans to open Roustabout, in that historic building on Washington Avenue, at the bottom of Munjoy Hill. Plans include a 75-seat full service restaurant and bar including a private diningroom and an 18 seat bar. Roustabout will serve lunch, dinner and late night food and drinks, six days a week.
Italian-American fare will be served along with beer, wine and cocktails. Experienced restaurant owners Kit Paschal and Andres Tallberg are the co-owners.
A Beer Garden Type Restaurant may be on tap to replace the Casale’s Auto Sales business on the right side of Washington Avenue. The care repair and car sales have been located in that spot for 19 years, but will be moving to 696 Stroutwater Street, Westbrook due to the sale of the property to someone from Down East Maine. Casale’s must move from the property by June 10th. They will not be reopening up in the former Gateway Auto Sales location until mid-July.
The developer wanted to use the same building, but the city is requiring him to build out to the street – it currently is a large parking lot which was very convenient for Casale’s.
This was part of the property that developers Ron Gan and Jed Rathberg had hoped to develop into condominiums several years ago. The project did not go forward for lack of a funding source.