Massimo Ranni, the owner of Massimo’s Cucina Italiana, confirmed Friday the restaurant is in the process of being sold and paperwork is being finalized. Massimo’s Cucina Italiana has offered traditional Roman fare to Bangor residents since 2007.

Brett Settle, the owner of Giacomo’s, which offers gourmet sandwiches in downtown Bangor, is to purchase the business from Ranni. Settle submitted a liquor license application to the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages for Brahma Grill, at 96 Hammond St., the current location of Massimo’s Cucina Italiana. The request indicates the starting date for new ownership of the business is March 1.

A public hearing for consideration of the application for a liquor license for Brahma Grill will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday,Feb. 22, in the council room of City Hall in Bangor.

Settle declined to offer more details at this time about what the restaurant will offer to Bangor residents.

Ranni could not confirm the exact date when Massimo’s Cucina Italiana will close, but Massimo’s Pizza Bar, a new undertaking at 130 Hammond St., which will offer hearth-stone-baked pizza, beer and wines, is slated to open in March, he said.

Shelby Hartin

Shelby Hartin was born and raised in southern Aroostook County in a tiny town called Crystal, population 269. After graduating from the University of Maine in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in...