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Brewer restaurant owner is top bidder for Time Out Pub

By Stephen Betts | Oct 28, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Thomas Shanos of Bangor, right, was the top bidder Wednesday, Oct. 28 for the Time Out Pub property at 275 Main St.

Rockland — A Brewer restaurant owner was the top bidder Oct. 28 for the former Time Out Pub property in downtown Rockland.

Thomas Shanos of Bangor was the successful bidder at $330,000 at an auction that lasted about half an hour at the lower level of the building at 275 Main St.

Shanos has owned and operated the High Tide restaurant in Brewer since 2014.

Shanos' restaurant experience includes Kosta's in Brewer, Angelo’s Pizza on Stillwater Avenue, as well as Orono House of Pizza and the Lincoln House of Pizza.

Shanos said he has not yet decided what he will do with the property, but he liked Rockland and the prime location.

The Time Out Pub, a restaurant and bar, was a major draw in the center of Rockland for 23 years, before the owner announced June 17 they would close permanently. The business closed March 18, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions.

"It is after much soul searching and with heavy hearts that we have decided to close the doors of the Time Out Pub for good. JB and Kathy would like to thank their loyal staff, friends and patrons for a wonderful 23 year ride," the June 17 statement by James Beaulieu and Katherine Thyng stated.

They purchased the property in 1999 from William Lannon who earlier operated the Outlore Theatre at the two-story building, overlooking Rockland Harbor Park.

The building served for decades as the Chuck Wagon restaurant before closing in 1995.

The building has 7,000 square feet on two stories with a rear deck overlooking Harbor Park and Rockland Harbor. The city has the building and one-tenth acre assessed for $571,800.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Ken L Bishop | Oct 29, 2020 09:49

It is great to see any closed business given the opportunity to reopen.  Wishing Mr. Shano and company great success.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Oct 29, 2020 09:02

Probably his traveling secretary.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Oct 29, 2020 08:03

So Steve who is the mystery woman standing next to Mr. Shano in the photo ?  No mention in the caption or story, we can only assume this is his wife who would be a principle partner in the purchase and should be worthy of at least a mention.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 28, 2020 14:19

Congratulations Mr. Shano!  Welcome to the wonderful Coast of Maine!

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