Barbecue and live music fans in the Bangor region alike were undoubtedly disappointed to hear that 4Points BBQ & Blues, the restaurant and music venue in downtown Winterport closed suddenly in May, after five years in operation. Whether you came for the brisket, the consistent array of live music both local and national, or for both, 4Points was one of the best places to grab a bite and hear some tunes in eastern Maine.
Less than two months after 4Points finally closed its doors, however, another restaurant and live music venue will be moving into the spot, which occupies prime real estate on heavily trafficked Route 1. Pub in the Port, owned and operated by proprietors Hope Parker and Christopher Larrabee, will have a grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 9, showing off interior renovations, a brand new menu and selection of craft beers, and music from local blues and rock legends the Eric Green Party with special guest Tommy O’Connell, on the outdoor stage and patio.
According to its Facebook page, Pub in the Port will offer flatbreads, locally sourced burgers and meats, Maine caught seafood, charcuterie boards, pickle plates, hand cut French fries and other treats. Musically speaking, fans of live music can expect to see bands and artists performing every weekend on the patio through the end of September, and inside from October through May. Other bands set for the month of July include Raven on July 15.
Pub in the Port’s opening comes hot on the heels of two other shakeups and openings in downtown Winterport. The Bacon Tree, a highly popular restaurant, moved out of its former digs at 111 Main St. and into a spacious new location at 279 Main St., sharing the building with Winterport Winery and Penobscot Bay Brewing. Just a few weeks after that, Amigos, a new Mexican restaurant, opened at 111 Main St. Is Winterport turning into a dining and entertainment destination? Time will tell!