Once a pioneer, pub welcomes new competition

   
  
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      As Channel 6 reports, Shonee Strickland is leaving Run of the Mill to start her own brewery in Biddeford. And we think that’s FANTASTC

As Channel 6 reports, Shonee Strickland is leaving Run of the Mill to start her own brewery in Biddeford. And we think that’s FANTASTC

“A brew pub in downtown Saco --- are you CRAZY?” We heard that a lot from the Negative Nancies in 2006 and 2007 as we were busy fitting out “Building #3” so that it could host The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery. Now that the pub is a huge Saco Island success story, does new competition bother us? Read on for the answer.

Recently Maine magazine ran an article about a “young & hip” Portland couple spending 48 hours in “Saco + Biddeford.” The Press Herald took note of the young chefs with “experience working at high-end restaurants in New York City” who are about to re-open the Palace Diner on March 12, according to the Sun Chronicle. The Maine Today web site covered Growler Night at Funky Bow Brewery, the Press Herald cheered on Banded Horn Brewery and Rob Caldwell from WCSH-TV did a story on Shonee Strickland, an assistant brewer at Run of the Mill, who is also starting up a new brewery. The Sun Chronicle reports this week that another brewery, Barreled Souls, will soon be open for business.

Do new restaurants or breweries threaten us? Not at all --- WE LOVE IT! Run of the Mill opened in 2008, before MERC closed, when the potential of downtown Biddeford-Saco was just that --- potential. The fact that four other breweries are now in the area is great news for Run of the Mill and Saco Island, and clear proof that potential is being realized. Things are happening, folks. The title of Rob Caldwell’s video piece is “Beer & Economic Recovery,” and that’s right on the money. Success breeds success, and that’s good for all of us. Once a pioneer, Run of the Mill now has plenty of company, and more will surely follow. Bring it on!