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Evenrood's adds casual elegance

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BANGOR A new eatery has taken up residence in the historic Merchant's Bank Building with its curved window facade on 25 Broad Street. Evenrood's will offer patrons a selection of American cuisine with a 'Mediterranean twist.'

'I want everyone to be able to walk in here and have a great dining experience,' said Lisa Leonard, owner of Evenrood's.

The space itself is elegant, but not stiff or overly formal. Patrons will enjoy people-watching out the curved window that overlooks Broad Street. Inside you are treated to modern lighting, light jazz, and you can't miss the door to the old vault that adds an interesting visual dynamic to the space. Overall, Evenrood's feels open and comfortable with a hint of cool like the cast of 'Mad Men' could fit in just as well as you and your friends having lunch from work.

Evenrood's is open daily for dinner and will serve lunch starting at 11:30 Monday through Friday. Leonard said that they plan on offering business lunches to fit the schedules of the busy downtown crowd.

'If [you] need a fast business lunch, just let us know when you walk in,' she said. 'If you need to get in and out in 40 minutes, tell us. We've listened to a lot of people around town and that's what they want, and that's what we want to [offer].'

Leonard has been around the restaurant industry for 27 years, working in her brother's restaurant and her grandparents' restaurant before that. Family is something that is dear to her heart, and it shows with her five children also working at Evenrood's. In fact, the name itself is a nod to her children and a reference to a movie they all watched together growing up. See if you can guess what it is (hint, if you look at their logo there is a subtle clue).

Leonard wants to add to the blooming restaurant scene that is growing in Downtown Bangor.

'There's room for it. I think everyone [downtown] is doing really, really well, and that's really exciting,' she said. 'What I hope to bring to Bangor is more business for everyone. The more we bring to the downtown and the more that is here, the more people will come.'

For more information, including their menu, hours and more find them on Facebook.

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