BANGOR, Maine — A popular downtown Bangor eatery is closing at the end of the month, citing challenges caused by the pandemic in a Facebook post on Saturday.
The "Tea Room & Vegetarian Cafe" just opened in May 2019 and was intended to be a spot where locals could congregate and relax.
Its website describes the atmosphere, saying: "Our vegetarian tea house and cafe is comfortable and cozy, perfect for work meetings, study sessions, catching up with friends, or just cozying up with a hot cup of tea and a good book! Perfect for families as well, come bring your kids to our fun play area while you relax and have your meal."
The cafe closed for two months at the start of the pandemic, saying it was a challenge to reopen with several immunocompromised members on its staff.
On Saturday, October 17 the business posted the following on Facebook:
With heavy hearts and lots of tears and fond memories, we regret to inform you all that Tea & Tarts will be closing our doors at the end of business day on October 31st.
We did everything we could to try and get through this pandemic, but we've reached the point where we won't be able to recover. We will remain open for our regular hours until Oct 31, and will be putting out the same quality food and tea that we always have until the very end.
When Sara and I first started discussing the idea of venturing into our own place, our top priority was always community. Wherever we were going to land, we were going to do our absolute best to make a positive impact on our community. We believe, in the year and a half we've been a part if downtown Bangor, that we have -- at the very least, lived up to that goal. It is our sincerest wishes that our goal lives on, and the positive community we have fostered here thrives.
This is not the end of the road for us. We will, somehow, find a way for Tea & Tarts to live on, but for now it just won't be in person at 20 State St. We will be keeping this page alive and will update it with future endeavors, as well as post-closing sales on bulk tea and other such excitement, so stay tuned!
At the risk of being too flowery and sappy...we would absolutely love to see all of you again, between now and the 31st, even if it's just to pop in and say hello. We will miss you all so very much.
With love and solidarity,
The Tea & Tarts Team