Restaurants post menus for outdoor recreationists to order ahead

Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 7:21 PM EST
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Fort Kent eateries are looking for ways to improve service this winter, especially for snowmobilers.

David Gleich, President of the Fort Kent SnoRiders, says the number of people taking part in outdoor recreation has increased since the start of the pandemic. He’s expecting more snowmobilers will be out this season, looking for places to eat. He says with restrictions on the number of people allowed in eateries, local facilities are encouraging phone-in orders.

“We were concerned with the number of people that will be able to go in and eat at area restaurants, so to reduce the number of people inside waiting for the food to be ordered, the premises put the menus up at an outside location a few miles out of town - in our case, they’ re about seven miles out of town - so folks can order their food, the food will be ready when they get to the restaurant, and therefore they’re not needing to wait in line or wait inside the restaurant,” says David Gleich, President of the Fort Kent SnoRIders.

Gleich says it’s up to each restaurant whether eating is allowed inside or they serve strictly takeout. He says an Allagash snack bar is staying open for the winter and has set up a warming hut so riders have someplace warm to eat. Gleich says the club has about 60 miles of trail, with several miles of new trail, including to the park-and-ride, and to the hospital.

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