February 24, 2010

Skowhegan's movie-inspired Empire Grill closing


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Co-owner Tom Miller

Jeffrey Hewett, Skowhegan's director of economic and community development, was equally shocked by the news. He said the restaurant was going to be part of the town's community enterprise grant application.

"Wow -- they seemed to be doing so good," Hewett said. "I've heard nothing but good about their food. It's definitely going to open a hole up that we're going to have to work to try to find someone to fill. You need a restaurant like that in the downtown. The Empire Grill spot is a great spot for a small restaurant."

The restaurant, which seats 70 people, served 140 free Thanksgiving dinners this past year. At the peak of business the restaurant employed 14 people, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

"I'm trying to stay positive," Pomelow said. "Every end is a new beginning, but it's a way of life for us and it's hard to change a way of life. If you take three years and you get up every single day and come in here and work your butt off and not get a paycheck, it's not a job; it's a way of life.

"The gist of the movie is very true," Pomelow added. "Every small town has a big story; it's on the poster and it's so true. It's good-bye and it's a very difficult good-bye."

Doug Harlow -- 474-9534


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