Walker's closes restaurant after five months

By Louis Bettcher | Sep 07, 2017
Photo by: Louis Bettcher Walker's restaurant on Commercial Street in Rockport will close Sept. 9.

Rockport — Five months after opening its doors in May, the family-style restaurant Walker's will be closing. An employee at the Rockport eatery said the last day of service will be Saturday, Sept. 9.

Since it was first built as a Denny's in the late 1990s, the Commercial Street facility has seen a number of different restaurants come and go over the years.

The site went through two separate iterations as Denny's: the first Denny's closed its doors in 2005. Another Denny's opened at the location in June 2011, and then announced that it would be closing for good on Christmas Eve 2016.

The interim between the original and second iterations of Denny's saw other restaurants occupying the building. These included a sports bar, as well as the Chef's Table, which went out of business in 2007. The property is owned by Joe Cloutier of Camden.

Before Walker's opened in May, the building underwent extensive renovations. The interior of the restaurant featured a collection of black and white photos of the Midcoast, ranging from 1900 to the 1950s. The restaurant was named after the Walker family of Rockport.

Richard Eaton, who was the restaurant's executive chef, said in April that Walker's would feature "good old-fashioned cooking that will make you feel like you're at Grandma's house," and would employ up to 50 people.

The Walker's Facebook page was still advertising brunch specials Sept. 3. On Aug. 29 the website was promoting "frequent diner" cards, which would offer patrons a free meal after purchasing nine.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Florance Annie Merrifield | Sep 08, 2017 15:12

A good steak and salad bar would go great.

Posted by: Florance Annie Merrifield | Sep 08, 2017 15:11

A good salad bay and steak dinner would go great. Think about it.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Sep 08, 2017 14:51

The Red Barn Annex?

Posted by: Gary W. Skarka | Sep 08, 2017 11:03

The problem is, in my opinion, that building is on the wrong side of the road for a restaurant.  Business location planners will tell you that a restaurant needs to be on the "going home" side of the road from a major population or business center.  People going to work in Rockland from Camden, Rockport, etc. would hardly notice the restaurant is there.  When you are going home, it is more likely you will thinking about dinner.  It is too bad Walker's is closing.  My one experience there was quite satisfactory.

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Sep 08, 2017 09:25

Expensive 5 months experiment. Oh well, another one bites the dust.

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