We’ll Meet Again, A Tribute to Friar’s Brothers Bakehouse

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“We’ll meet again. Don’t know where. Don’t know when. But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.”

Those are the lyrics to a song sung by Vera Lynn in 1939 called “We’ll Meet Again.” The song has been re-recorded a number of times, including by Benny Goodman, The Turtles, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, Johnny Cash, and the Dropkick Murphys.

The song is touching and sweet as you prepare to say goodbye to friends or acquaintances. And, sadly, we are doing just that today.

The Friar’s Brothers Bakehouse is closing its doors in Downtown Bangor after 19 years of serving amazing soups and sandwiches, homemade lemonade, and countless smiles and laughs.

To Sutherland Weston, the Friar’s are more than just a lunch spot, they have been our neighbors since moving to 6 State Street about a decade ago.

We have enjoyed their Bahn Mi sandwiches, their Grilled Ham & Cheese, their incomparable Haddock Chowder, and their decadent desserts. But more than that, we have enjoyed their friendship.

When grabbing lunch on a busy day, it’s easy to swoop in and swoop out, focused on the remaining tasks ahead of you. But walking into the Friar’s was always a different experience. Brother Kenneth and Brother Donald always greeted us with sincere appreciation for our business, and – we’d like to think – our friendship.

Thinking back to the song lyrics, the good news is, we DO know where and when we can meet the Friars again – and that’s on Main Street in Bucksport as they prepare to open the Friars’ Brewhouse Tap Room in just a few short weeks. They have been brewing beer for years, and are looking forward to a new setting and new offerings, and it is our intent to make sure they see success with both new and old friends.

We’re happy for Brother Donald and Brother Kenneth, but we’d be lying if we said that we won’t miss them. We will. Thanks to the Friars’ for the memories and the lunches.

As the chorus to “We’ll Meet Again” continues…

“Keep smiling though, Just like you always do, ‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.”