Mill Bridge Restaurant in Fort Kent undergoing expansion

19 August 2014

FORT KENT - The family eatery Mill Bridge Restaurant has been undergoing construction for the past several weeks in order to expand dining space and add room for a full-service lounge. A local contractor and five employees are working on the addition to the building, which will also include living quarters underneath for owner Barry Pelletier.

"The dining room is quite small here. I find people come out in larger groups and felt we had a need to expand for people to come for parties and for the holidays," Pelletier said.

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GROWING BUSINESS - Fort Kent's Mill Bridge Restaurant is undergoing construction to expand its dining room and add a full-service lounge. The addition to the establishment should be complete in mid-September; but in the meantime, is still open for business. - Photo by Jessica Potila

The Mill Bridge Restaurant currently serves wine and beer, but is in the process of gaining a full liquor license as well, according to Pelletier. Even though it is under construction, the Mill Bridge Restaurant is still open for business and Pelletier anticipates that customers will have access to the new addition in mid-September. "Everything is going smoothly," contractor Bryant Caron said.

"We try to strive for good food at an affordable price and try to provide the best service we can. The view is phenomenal. We just want people to have a good experience. I've had a lot of support from the community," Pelletier said. The Mill Bridge Restaurant, located on the corner of Market Street and Bridge Street in Fort Kent, offers a breathtaking view of the Fish River where patrons can often see families of geese swimming along while enjoying what Pelletier describes as traditional American fare.

Pelletier, who also cooks at the Mill Bridge, began his culinary career working at the restaurant Brass Lantern formerly located in the now-demolished Fort Kent Hotel on Main Street, "I gained my cooking experience from [former Fort Kent Hotel and Brass Lantern] owners Rudy and Diane Daigle. When I worked at the hotel it was always a thought of mine to open my own restaurant. I got a lot of experience under my belt and in 2011 decided it was time to open my own place," he said.

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It is wonderful to see a

It is wonderful to see a local business thrive and expand!! Great job Barry!