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Heritage on 9 a new spot to dine

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Terry Grant (standing) and Sally Harrison owners of the new Heritage on 9 Restaurant & Tavern, located in Eddington. As a thank you to that community, Harrison and Grant plan to donate a percentage of each quarter’s profits to four local charities, recipients changing every three months. Terry Grant (standing) and Sally Harrison owners of the new Heritage on 9 Restaurant & Tavern, located in Eddington. As a thank you to that community, Harrison and Grant plan to donate a percentage of each quarter’s profits to four local charities, recipients changing every three months. (edge photo by Sienna Barstow)

EDDINGTON - When you are from Maine, you understand that it may take you a 35-minute drive to get to the nearest restaurant, hair salon or movie theater. However, Heritage On 9 Restaurant & Tavern is about to change the conventional Maine commute for bedroom communities like Eddington, Clifton, Holden and other surrounding towns. 

Heritage On 9 Restaurant & Tavern, located at 999 Main Rd in Eddington, opened three weeks ago.

The owners, Sally Harrison and Terry Grant, were inspired to own a bistro after moving to the area three years ago from Ohio and realizing the nearest burger shop was a 20-minute commute instead of two. The couple did not fret and instead immediately took action, wanting to make it more convenient for not only themselves but the entire area.

“Instead of complaining about not having a place to do things, we decided to create it ourselves,” said Harrison.

The new eatery’s owners are undaunted by its location. In fact, they see the region as a point of interest.

“Every restaurant is supposed to be unique like Hooters and everybody has their marketing spin to it and ours is basically that there’s no other restaurant in this area,” Harrison said.

Heritage On 9 has the makings to become a community space between its upbeat and sunny dining arena and the taproom coming equipped with a wooden bar and a working fireplace. Its patio seating area on the newly-built deck should also prove to be a major attraction.

Not only is Heritage On 9 big enough to accommodate the whole community, customers can also choose different meals with the restaurant offering a wide variety of food.

“You can get chicken wings, meatloaf all the way up to fantastic filet mignon,” said Harrison.

The top four dishes are fried haddock, filet mignon, steak tips and meatloaf, though any one of the various options are guaranteed to be delicious and make everyone in your family happy.

Meanwhile, the bar - run by Justin Eames - boasts an array of Maine inspired cocktails, including one called the “Penobscot” and another one known as “Blackcap Mountain.” All cocktails are made from scratch, with the bar manager creating his own syrups. Wine and beers both craft and domestic are also available.

This is only the beginning for Heritage On 9. Harrison and Grant have already started to compile a list of future additions, including karaoke nights, cribbage tournaments, football nights, seasonal events and an ice cream stand, though at this point, each of these should be considered vague possibilities.

“We have lots of ideas,” said Grant. “I think we want to hear more from the community before we go off in those directions.”

As a thank you to that community, Harrison and Grant plan to donate a percentage of each quarter’s profits to four local charities, with the recipients changing every three months. This month includes the Eddington Fire Department, a local veteran’s organization, the Bangor Take Steps for Crohns & Colitis and the Bangor Humane Society. After each meal, customers will be given a star that they can add to the bucket of their choosing; at the end of the quarter, that star will translate into a donation for one of the four causes.

So grab a bite to eat at Heritage On 9; they’re open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

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