BANGOR, Maine — Bugaboo Creek, a steakhouse known for the talking animatronic animals on its walls, has closed the doors of its Bangor restaurant after nearly two decades in business.
“It’s a sad day,” said Cody Placencia, the restaurant’s general manager for the past 11 years. “We had great memories and great friendships.”
Placencia said Bugaboo’s corporate office notified him Monday that the Bangor location would need to be shut down. That was the steakhouse’s last day serving customers.
On Tuesday, Bugaboo Creek staff were cleaning house, taking inventory and shipping surplus food to Maine’s other Bugaboo Creek location in South Portland, according to Placencia.
The manager of the South Portland location said Tuesday he has not been informed of any plans to close that location.
Bugaboo also has restaurants in Nashua, New Hampshire, and Newark, Delaware, according to its website.
The corporation has shuttered several restaurants in the Northeast recently. A Newington, New Hampshire, Bugaboo shut down in May.
A Bugaboo Creek in Milford, Massachusetts, closed in March. Another in Braintree, Massachusetts, closed late last year. Those followed a series of other closings in 2010, including nine in Massachusetts and others in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Sales have been dipping for years at the Bangor restaurant, likely contributing to the decision to close it, according to Placencia.
“With all the brand new restaurants in town, people had new options,” Placencia said.
The restaurant had between 35 and 40 employees, according to the manager. They were notified of the closing Monday, which also was their last day.
“There were some tears shed,” Placencia said. “They’re going to get through this.”
He also wished to thank Bugaboo patrons for their support over the years.
“Twenty-two years is a long time to stay open for any restaurant,” he said.
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