April 27, 2013

Police check complaint about new Biddeford bar

The chief says police got a report of an underage patron being served at the controversial new saloon, which is owned by a city councilor.

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Fatboys Saloon is a new biker bar in located on Main Street in downtown Biddeford. Photographed on Friday, April 26, 2013.

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Tracie Cyr is the bar manager at Fatboys Saloon, a new biker bar in downtown Biddeford. Cyr poses for a photo at the bar on Friday, April 26, 2013.

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Now that the business is open, Poupore said, "we would love to be able to work with the owner and see that part of downtown Biddeford truly benefit from Fatboys' presence there."

Tammy Ackerman, a downtown resident who runs an arts-related nonprofit on Main Street, spoke during the public hearing to express concerns about noise at a bar that appears to market itself to bikers. She lives next to another bar and said she has experienced the negative impact of noise.

Though she questioned whether Fatboys Saloon should be issued a liquor license, Ackerman said she doesn't want to pick on one business. Instead, she wants to encourage the community to have a conversation about growth and planning.

"I think everyone can agree that the Old Port (in Portland) is great fun to go out to and have a great time, but is that what downtown Biddeford wants to be?" she said.

Despite some residents' concerns about Fatboys Saloon, Cyr said the response from patrons has been "great." Customers tell her they like the wood floors and paneling, the tin ceiling and the large-screen TVs, she said.

Cyr described it as a country bar that could attract bikers, but said it isn't exclusively a "biker bar."

"We're a country bar. People definitely enjoy the atmosphere we have," she said. "We've gotten positive feedback about how it's a bar in Biddeford they're happy to be in." 

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