Heard on the Street

What restaurant would you like to see go in at Thomaston Commons?

Jan 17, 2014
"Red Lobster." — Al Bowen, Rockland.

The Courier-Gazette staff asked "What restaurant would you like to see go in a Thomaston Commons?"

"A good steak house." — Ed Green, Rockland.
"A Bugaboo Creek Steak House." — Sandi Bilbo, Rockland.
"Olive Garden." — Jeff Wright, Nobleboro.
"TGI Friday's." — Brad Dodge, Camden.
Comments (37)
Posted by: George Conover | Jan 23, 2014 19:40

Trader Joe's.

Posted by: MARGARET CARLETON | Jan 22, 2014 04:47

Don't you think there are enough national mega-chain restaurants in this area? How great can the desire for pre-cooked, flash-frozen, über-processed, non-nutritious food be here?!? Yeesh.

Posted by: Cathy Clough | Jan 20, 2014 21:33

Yeah, maybe Wendys will be one of them that came, went, and came back again like Pizza Hut, KFC, Dennys unless I'm forgetting one. Kind of a trend in Rockland

Posted by: Ed Glaser | Jan 20, 2014 21:28

Since it's not likely that we'll get Dave's Diner back, how about a Moody's North? Anyone care for a slice of pie?


Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 20, 2014 17:27

Ms. Moody I believe you are the winner with your suggestion of the Whole Food Market.  Whole Food Markets sell mostly organic foods and foods that are really healthy foods.  Like a much bigger GOOD TERN store in Rockland.

Posted by: Carol Pretzel | Jan 20, 2014 16:05

I am appalled at the apparent desire for more chain restaurants to come to Thomaston.  Local restaurants almost always have better food, better service and better prices.  What more could a hungry soul ask for?  I bemoan Dave’s, serving great meals and a salad bar just feet from where Applebee’s is now. (Barry Pretzel)

Posted by: Marilyn J. Follett | Jan 20, 2014 15:32

Golden Corral

Posted by: Cathy Clough | Jan 20, 2014 12:28

Ruby Tuesday has an awesome salad bar!

Cathy Clough

Posted by: ALBERT E COLSON | Jan 19, 2014 21:11

We allready have quite a few good expensive eating places in rockland ,camden etc. now we should have someting everyone could afford like the Olive Garden or its equivalent. Joan


Posted by: Mary Kate Moody | Jan 19, 2014 15:59

Whole Foods Market like the one in Portland.  We have enough crap in Rockland as it is without another franchise.

Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Jan 19, 2014 15:54

wendys or a kfc

Posted by: Steve Dugan | Jan 18, 2014 22:28

Peppermint Rino or Chin Ho's something good like that.

Posted by: Carl Philbrook | Jan 18, 2014 20:39

country buffet, nuked food, blaah

Posted by: brian krum | Jan 18, 2014 20:39

Instead ask - what type of restaurant would you SUPPORT  by dining at at least once a week

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Jan 18, 2014 18:47

Oh for heaven's sake, there are tons of "home town family style" restaurants all over the place, are you kidding me?? We're talking about a shopping center situation, where people are looking for a little "pop" civilization. Go to the Offshore or Helm or Rockport Diner or even the Mariner. Really great food, and I love them...but sometimes a person needs to feel like they're part of the wider United States.

Posted by: Martha Johnston-Nash | Jan 18, 2014 17:00

Agree with Chuck and Susan R. - we're missing a good home-town family-style restaurant along the coast. But yes, too, a good steakhouse would be wonderful! In FL they have Golden Corral, which is affordable, with abundant and varied food choices and is a buffet. The ideal combination of both.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 18, 2014 14:03

Mr. St. Clair I LOVED "DAVE'S restaurant!!  Every time I visited Maine before I moved here I ate at "DAVE'S"   When I finally moved here "DAVE'S" was gone; I was sad.

Posted by: Amy Knowles | Jan 18, 2014 09:27

Roly Poly.  Someone local would need to buy a Franchise.  Wonderful and healthy food.  Check it out - http://www.rolypoly.com/


Posted by: Susan Andrews | Jan 18, 2014 08:32



Posted by: Charles E. St. Clair | Jan 18, 2014 08:25

Bring back "Daves" restaurant.


Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 18, 2014 08:00

Mr. Yattaw you have a wonderful idea but I am afraid that is not going to happen because Maine is a "Death Spiral State" according to William Baldwin a staff writer with FORBES.  A "Death Spiral State" in one where there are more people on the take than there are people to support them and the ones supporting them are suffering because of higher taxes, etc.  I don't know how to solve this problem or even if it can be solved but in this area of Maine I think it will probably be hard to attract industry, etc.  I hope I Mr. Baldwin who wrote the article is wrong but I don't believe he is.

Posted by: Lis Clark | Jan 18, 2014 07:15

Local businesses. Affordable. We have lots of truly wonderful but expensive restaurants. Something for the rest of us, please?

Posted by: Clifton Yattaw, Jr | Jan 18, 2014 07:06

It's a shame that we have become a service country. How about having an industry or a factory that produces a product, and creates real jobs.There's a restaurant on every street corner if your hungry.

Posted by: Brenda Kaler | Jan 18, 2014 06:09

Olive Garden


Posted by: Susan L Martin | Jan 18, 2014 05:53

LEGAL SEAFOOD. . . way better than most of the seafood places in our area.


Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Jan 17, 2014 22:26

Cheesecake Factory AND a steak house. Who said Red Lobster????!!!! Noooooo!!!!!!

Posted by: Carol Roberts | Jan 17, 2014 16:35

Good steakhouse with a salad bar

Posted by: Carol Roberts | Jan 17, 2014 16:34

Good steak house with a salad bar




Posted by: Carol Roberts | Jan 17, 2014 16:33

Good Steak house with a salad bar




Posted by: DANA LEAR | Jan 17, 2014 16:08

Olive Garden or a good steak house.

Posted by: Susan Harriman | Jan 17, 2014 15:45

Country Buffet  like the one in S. Portland!

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 17, 2014 13:17

Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, Panera Bread Company

Posted by: BETSY A FEYLER | Jan 17, 2014 12:29

I HOP    A place for breakfast-lunch and dinner

Posted by: Peggy East | Jan 17, 2014 12:20

P.F. Changs or a real good Chinese Restaurant; The Cheesecake Factory; a good BBQ joint.

Posted by: Charlotte Wadsworth | Jan 17, 2014 12:04

Bugaboo Creek steak house.We need a good steak house in the area.You can't get much better then Bugaboo Creek.

Posted by: Claire Florence Seekins | Jan 17, 2014 12:00

Out Back, we need a steak house.


Posted by: Hollie J Linscott | Jan 17, 2014 11:54

red robin yum!!!!


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