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Station 118 'meats' Main Street

By Christine Simmonds | Jul 01, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Andrew Bridge, left, and Troy Crane stand with the two smokers at Station 118.

Thomaston — Andrew Bridge and Troy Crane want to feed Midcoast Maine some barbecue.

The two chefs both grew up in Port Clyde and have a combined 40 years of cooking experience at fine dining restaurants around the country. They will soon be opening Station 118, a new barbecue restaurant in Thomaston.

Though they faced challenges trying to open during a pandemic, the two said that has not stopped them. “We’re not going to let corona slow us down,” Crane said.

The eatery will feature a variety what Bridge described as “slow cooked protein,” including brisket and ribs. The restaurant has two wood smokers outside, and the meat takes between four and 12 hours to cook.

They will also be serving sides made from scratch like corn bread, collard greens and pickles.

Bridge said he was happy to be back in Knox county cooking after being a chef for many years in the Cambridge area. “I’m passionate about food, and barbecue is definitely a part of that,” he said.

Crane has worked as a fisherman and cooked at restaurants in Camden and for Walt Disney Resort. He has been interested in opening a barbecue restaurant for a while. “Food has been a passion of mine since I was young,” Crane said.

Bridge and Crane said they were excited to have local partnerships with places like Goose River Farms, Beth’s Farm and multiple local breweries, like Bigelow and Blaze beer company. “We’re going to stay as local as we can with everything,” said Crane.

Initially, the two say they will offer counter service and outside dining. Eventually, they plan to be a fully functioning restaurant with table service, a full bar and expand their menu.

They will also offer live music entertainment. They said they are interested in speaking with local acts and musicians.

Bridge said many people have already stopped by to ask about service, with one even put down a $5 deposit on his first meal.

The Select Board expressed their enthusiasm for the restaurant to open at their meeting June 22, where they granted Station 118 a beer and wine license. Board member Diane Giese told them to hurry up and open.

Station 118 is currently still under construction at the former location of Hannan & Thayer Auto Care. Bridge and Crane said they hope to open in the second week of July.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 01, 2020 18:08

I thought it was Green Acres.

Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Jul 01, 2020 15:55

Thomaston is the place to be!

Posted by: Sam Charlton | Jul 01, 2020 14:41

Thomaston is thriving!  I look forward to having local BBQ.

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