Thomaston Cafe under new ownership

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 10, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Thomaston dignitaries, members of Main Street Matters, and other business owners join Kate McCoubrey (with scissors) in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 10 at Thomaston Cafe. McCoubrey is the new owner/operator of the local restaurant.

Thomaston — Main Street Matters held its second grand opening ceremony in as many weeks Nov. 10 with the reopening of Thomaston Cafe under new ownership.

New owner Kathryn McCoubrey is originally from Downeast Maine, outside Calais. She started baking in 2003 as an unpaid apprentice and worked her way up.

"I have worked between Maine, New Hampshire and South Florida, 10 years being spent at the Jupiter Island Club, learning from a French master chef," she said.

McCoubrey and her daughter, Sadie, moved back to Maine two and a half years ago after her partner of 10 years passed away.

"We had planned to eventually open a restaurant together," she said. "Having him pass suddenly and finding myself sole supporter of our daughter pushed me to move closer to family and focus on our future."

McCoubrey has since been at the Thomaston Cafe as baker and manager. She takes over the business from Ryan Jones, who had purchased the cafe from longtime restaurateurs Herbert and Eleanor Peters in 2014.

The cafe has been freshened up with new tables, paint and curtains.

McCoubrey kept the favorite menu staples, like baked stuffed haddock, crabcakes and local lamb, while adding back pizza and more casual items. Thursday burger night is staying and prime rib on Friday nights has returned, and prices have been adjusted to be more affordable, she said.

The cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and Tuesday through Saturday 5 to 8 p.m. for dinner.

She expects to add a happy hour in the next few weeks and said breakfast may return in the spring. Find the cafe on Facebook for updates.

McCoubrey's ceremony followed the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Antiquarian Books Nov. 3 at the corner of Main and Beechwood streets. Another new business about to open is Indigo, a consignment clothing shop next to Thomaston Grocery, which will have its ribbon-cutting Friday, Nov. 17, at 9:30 a.m.

Also in the works is a combined coffee shop and art store called Thyme for Talk/Moon Dance Art & Gifts, going into the former Chambers Jewelry space in Watts Hall.

Main Street Matters is a newly organized community development group.

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

Comments (6)
Posted by: TOWN OF THOMASTON | Nov 11, 2017 18:42

Two things missing from the Thomaston Cafe since 2014: Breakfast and decent Vegetarian choices. We used to eat there a lot but cannot since vegetarian choices beyond just salad and plain pizza have not existed for three plus years.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Nov 11, 2017 16:31

Hooray! This opening is surely here to stay and Thomaston will surely support this most needed eatery.

Posted by: Claire Florence Seekins | Nov 11, 2017 12:09

Yes I love what has been done so cozy, I want to be able to come and enjoy a good meal, with good friends, I hope I helped a little, just trying to let you no what some say not just me thank you

Posted by: Claire Florence Seekins | Nov 11, 2017 12:06

I hope they keep their prices reasonable, I think a salad for 4$ with a little lettuce 2 cucumbers and 2 carrots alot.

Posted by: Colleen Richmon | Nov 11, 2017 07:53

Congratulations!  You have made the café so pretty and very cozy/comfortable.  I was there last week...had a great BLT!  Wonderful, friendly service, too!  I look forward to going again soon!

Posted by: Margaret McCrea | Nov 10, 2017 15:52

Congratulations, Kate.  We welcome you and look forward to your success in a very long-standing and popular Thomaston eatery! I, for one, can vouch for your outstanding food and love that you have made it a very comfortable, unique and welcoming place to visit! Once word gets out, the business will be back to standing room only!

If you wish to comment, please login.