Miller family to take over Landings restaurant on waterfront

By Daniel Dunkle | Jan 29, 2013
Photo by: George Chappell The Landings Restaurant on Commercial Street in Rockland is now being leased by Mike and Kate Miller of Bricks.

Rockland — Kate and Mike Miller of Bricks Restaurant in Rockland signed a lease Tuesday, Jan. 29, to operate a new restaurant out of the former Landings building on Rockland's waterfront.

The former Landings Restaurant at 1 Commercial St. closed in late November, having been leased by former operators Dwayne and Jeanette Knowlton. The property and the marina are owned by Kevin Taylor of Rockport.

Kate Miller said the couple plans to re-open the restaurant in mid-April and have it ready for the busy tourist season. She and Mike will continue to run Bricks Restaurant in Rockland as well.

The new Landings is expected to employ as many as 30 people in the area and will offer steaks and seafood on the menu. Miller said her son, Max Miller, a chef trained at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, will run the kitchen. Daughter Molly Miller Staples is also coming home to help run the restaurant.

The building has been renovated with new floors and new carpets. Miller said it looks "magnificent."

"We are so incredibly excited," Miller said. "After losing Grapes to fire, this is our chance to recoup some of what was lost."

The Millers previously owned Grapes Restaurant in the former Black Pearl building on the harbor. That burned down Dec. 24, 2004, due to arson. They opened Bricks in 2005 at 266 Main St. across from Harbor Park. True to its name, Bricks is known for brick-oven pizza and also offers seafood and other items.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Wayne Keiderling | Jan 30, 2013 18:06

GOOD LUCK !!!! Millers , I am sure if you manage your new endeavor as well as bricks you will be successful .WE love your food and prices at bricks.Please consider a dance floor in the future at landings. Rockland needs more choices for dancing instead of  postage size dance floors.

Posted by: Claire Florence Seekins | Jan 30, 2013 09:59

If this Family keeps the prices fair they will have a great place for all maine people to eat. The Brick Res. has great food and very affordable I wish you all the best can't wait.

Posted by: Deborah E McNeil | Jan 30, 2013 06:04

Great news! The Miller's are wonderful folks who have been a strong and involved community family --they deserve all the very best.   Congratulations Kate and Mike!

Posted by: Gordon Page | Jan 29, 2013 19:50

Good move for all parties!  Congratulations Kate and Mike, and thanks to Kevin Taylor for his efforts to keep the place open!

Posted by: Deborah A McKenney | Jan 29, 2013 15:03

I am so happy for my friends ! They have worked so hard and are very deserving of this next adventure.  Best of luck Kate & Mike.  I'm proud to be part of your extended family !

Posted by: Knight Marine Service | Jan 29, 2013 14:31

Awesome!!! Congratulations to the Miller Family.  Looking forward to some "New" good times at The Landings!!! Celia Knight

Posted by: Kate Miller | Jan 29, 2013 13:46

Also...our son-in-law Samuel will be involved when his deployment is over and he is back in Maine...Sam is serving in the Navy ... WE ARE SO PROUD OF HIM!!!

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