New restaurant set to open in Union

By Beth A. Birmingham | Dec 11, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Taking a break from receiving a food delivery before putting the final touches on their new restaurant in Union are owners, Stephanie and Peter Koutsikos of Lewiston, and remodel helper Merton Sawyer of Rockland. The Common House of Pizza will open Monday, Dec. 16. Sawyer added the townie touch with mural paintings of the area.

Union — A new restaurant is having the finishing touches put on this week in preparation for its Monday, Dec. 16 opening in Union.

The Common House of Pizza — located next to The Badger Cafe & Pub in Union Common — will offer gourmet pizzas, Parmesan calzones, baked pasta dinners, along with hot and cold subs and wraps.

Peter and Stephanie Koutsikos of Lewiston are the restaurateurs. Peter has been in the restaurant business for more than 35 years, having owned and operated several establishments in Massachusetts and Maine. He originates from Greece.

Therefore, it is no surprise that a specialty on the menu is the spanakopita — a combination of spinach, feta, onion, and egg wrapped in filo dough — a Greek savory pastry.

The couple has been working on the remodel since August, transforming the more than 100-year-old building from what used to be many things including a coffee shop, video store, and a second-hand shop.

The eat-in or take-out establishment has 35 seats in its two-room enclosure, and will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be closed Sundays.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Comments (4)
Posted by: Judith Brogden | Dec 12, 2013 12:32

I was hoping for some gluten free choices on the menu - perhaps in the future???

Posted by: Sandra Savage | Dec 12, 2013 09:29

Excited!  Heard a lot about the Thomaston shop and anticipate this will be great.  Welcome to town.

Posted by: BETTY BURGESS | Dec 11, 2013 21:14

Wow, if you;re anything like Athens Pizza in Thomaston, we welcome you!


Posted by: brian krum | Dec 11, 2013 17:32

That's great!

I'm the first to welcome you to Union on this board, and will probably be one of the first in line when you open.

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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