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Long Lake Country Club set to reopen before the end of the year

ST. DAVID, Maine — After months of renovation, the Long Lake Country Club plans to open its doors to the public, with a new addition to their kitchen, on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Closed since Oct. 13, owner Allan Hebert runs the golf course and restaurant with his brother Bruce and said that the club closes around the same time every year for renovations.

“Everybody’s gone or holding onto their money for Christmas time, Christmas presents and not eating out so much,” Hebert said, “And it gives our employees time to enjoy their holidays. They worked all summer long, they need time off just like us.”

The country club’s renovations feature an extended bartop providing extra seating over the stone wall made by a golfer by the name of Maron years back. The pool table has been removed and replaced with extra tabletops providing up to 14 more seats for dine-in guests. Among the changes is a new waitress station so servers are able to spend more time on the floor.

Pizza will be making its first appearance on the country club’s menu with an extension to the kitchen and a new oven that can cook a pizza to perfection in three minutes.

“It’s a trial-and-error thing. We’ll see how we go along with that,” Hebert said, “We just have to get the right equipment, the right dough and stuff inside of there.”

The club remained closed last winter due to COVID-19 restrictions, but it had a great season when it reopened in May. Being the first winter the club has opened since the pandemic started, Hebert said they are excited to open for the snowmobiling season, weather permitting. 

“I guarantee that we’re going to have a great snowmobile season as long as mother nature decides to get a little colder,” Hebert said. “Less wind, more snow, more cold. Those are the conditions we need right now.”

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