Hideaway Diner sold at auction
Northport — A fixture along the coastal route south of Belfast that quietly closed over the winter was sold at a public auction April 18.
Hideaway Diner, located at 1285 Atlantic Highway (Route 1), sold for $45,000 to Dan Zappala of Friendship. Zappala said his plan was to buy it first and figure out what to do with it later, but said he hasn't ruled out reopening the diner.
"I'm not in the restaurant business," he said. "But I can find someone who is."
Zappala previously developed the Village at Stockton Harbor on Cape Jellison in Stockton Springs.
The Hideaway Diner building stands on 1.18 acres and includes an upper-floor apartment. It was most recently assessed by the town of Northport at $147,600.
Doris and Ed Moran owned the building and ran the business from 2001 until December of last year. Just before Christmas they announced on the diner's Facebook page that they were retiring. In late December 2016, Camden National Bank foreclosed on the property.
John Moran, Ed and Doris' son, was at the public auction April 18 and recalled his father baking bread in the kitchen while his mother socialized with customers in the dining room.
The younger Moran managed the restaurant for a time and put Hideaway Diner on social media, but he said the clientele was mostly older and the effort to appeal to younger diners came too late. He added that the location was difficult because there are few other businesses around that would prompt drivers to stop.
Keenan Auction Co. ran the sale April 18 on behalf of Camden National Bank. About 18 people attended, including some who identified themselves as spectators.
In addition to the diner, a residence on Islesboro also owned by Camden National Bank was auctioned and sold for $35,000.