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Time Out Pub closes doors for good

By Stephen Betts | Jun 17, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Time Out Pub is closing for good, its owners announced Wednesday, June 17.

Rockland — The Time Out Pub, a restaurant and bar that has been a major draw in the center of Rockland for 23 years, will not reopen.

The owners posted a message Wednesday, June 17, on the Time Out Pub Facebook page.

"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 statement read.

The business and building is owned by James Beaulieu and Katherine Thyng. The property has been up for sale and continues to be on the market. The business closed March 18 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and government restrictions, stating that the closure would only be temporary.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shaw said during the June 17 update on the virus outbreak that the state is reconsidering allowing bars to reopen July 1. He said bars present additional challenges because they can be jam-packed with people talking loudly which poses a greater risk of spreading the virus.

The owners did not detail the reason for the decision. A Facebook message was left with them through the Time Out Pub site.

They purchased the property in June 1999 from William Lannon who had 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 announcement of the closure elicited more than 100 posts voicing sadness with the decision and praise for the owners and business.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jun 19, 2020 08:24

It may have survived the fire of 52  but the building was destroyed by a much later fire during the period it was the chuck wagon. The building was totally rebuilt to the version we see today.  It is difficult for any business to tolerate a sustained total loss of revenue.  There will be others before this is over.

Posted by: Ronald Dyer | Jun 18, 2020 09:53

Was also the Bayview Hotel before the days of the Chuck Wagon. The structure survived the Fire of 52 though has been restructured over the years.

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