Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant to close Dec. 31
Camden — Dec. 31 will be the final day for service at Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant located at Bay View Landing on Camden Harbor.
While Kim Graffam and Leni Gronros, the owners of Harborside, have enjoyed the time spent in business on the harbor and will greatly miss both the guests and their crew, the time has come to close that portion of their business.
In addition to the difficult financial climate which is affecting much of downtown Camden, Graffam added that, “With three of our children still in elementary school, the demands of operating a restaurant in addition to our other businesses was taking us away from our kids far too often.”
The decision was an agonizing one knowing both that the employees of Harborside would be without work and that Harborside’s popular Community Connections evenings had already been scheduled for this winter.
Fortunately, David Robichaud, the owner of Cappy’s Chowder House, has agreed to host all the scheduled Community Connections events for 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday, Jan. 8. Gronros said, “Kim and I plan to be at Cappy’s on Jan. 8 to support them as they take over this project for us and we are confident the community will continue to support the 11 local nonprofits that will have events there this winter.”
With this difficult decision, the Graffam family intends to focus their efforts on the other parts of their business in the area with Pen Bay Oil/Coastal Fuel, Graffam Bros. Seafood Market, their seasonal Graffam Bros. Seafood Shack and Tolman Pond Market.
Graffam summed up her thoughts by saying, “We would like to thank the many, wonderful people who worked as part of our team at Harborside as well as the local and visiting guests that supported us along the way.”