St. John Valley

Big Rick’s Burgers and Wings finds unique way to treat tourists

MADAWASKA, Maine — Big Rick’s Burgers and Wings went above and beyond to accommodate some out-of-town snowmobilers who wanted to eat and enjoy their meal while still abiding by Gov. Janet Mills’ order last week to end inside dining. 


On March 19, Ricky Nadeau, owner of Big Rick’s, posted on Facebook about a group of tourists who rode in hungry on snowmobiles but were going to have to take their meals to-go or eat them on their sleds. Nadeau said that wouldn’t do. 

“During this crisis, there is a level of humanity and civility we must maintain,” Nadeau wrote on Facebook. “Forcing a group of tourists with nowhere to go to sit on snowmobiles to eat their takeout lunch just doesn’t seem right.”

Nadeau decided to create a dining experience for the tourists that was safe and lawful, by pulling out two tables from the restaurant and setting them up outside with six chairs for the riders. 

“We did ask local law enforcement for an approval and received it,” he wrote. 

Nadeau made sure to write on his page that this would not be a normal occurrence, but that the restaurant was “just trying to be humane.” 


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