Gather * Eat * Be Merry at 11 Central in Bangor

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 Gather * Eat * Be Merry – the slogan on our take-home bag from 11 Central, tells you all you need to know about this wonderful Bangor restaurant.

Linda

We have been hearing wonderful comments about 11 Central, a downtown eatery in Bangor. Open just about a year and a half, the word is certainly out if the number of patrons pouring in throughout the evening is any indication. And this restaurant deserves kudos for a charming atmosphere, great service, and delectable fresh food.

        We began our evening by meeting friends John and Julie Cashwell who are regulars here. Sitting at the bar for a pre-dinner drink let me soak in the atmosphere. The owners hauled out 20 tons of debris when they renovated this space. It now has a modern decor, but they kept the exposed brick of the back wall and the hardwood floors. Black tables are set with candlelight and fresh flowers - even the restroom was elegant and tasteful. A divider holds an array of white candles sparkling amongst white flowers.

        Co-Owner/manager Ann Marie Orr came for a chat at the beginning of our meal. She is full of energy and you can hear the pride in her voice when she starts to tell us more about 11 Central. “Nothing is in here that hasn’t been thought of with clear intention,” says Ann Marie. They have artists display their paintings and feature them by the season. Now when I think of “by the season” I think winter scenes in winter. But Ann Marie recalls, “When it was white outside I wanted color! We had colorful sunflowers, lots of flowers. Every single artist sold something.” I can just picture how cheery it must have been in that space when it was the dead of winter.

        Once seated in the dining room we decided to begin our meal with bruschetta. John cautioned, “It is very large, just like the serving you saw at the bar.” Thank goodness we listened as there was plenty for the four of us! The crust of their bruschetta was pita bread, smeared with basil pesto and topped with lettuce, tomato and black olives. Light and so yummy!

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