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Lewiston's Fuel Restaurant up for grabs in essay contest

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LEWISTON - For $150 and a 300-word essay, hopeful restaurant owners could land a successful restaurant and a place to live in one fell swoop during 'Maine's Dream Restaurant Contest.'

Essays are being accepted - online atfuelcontest.comand by mail at Fuel Essay Contest, PO Box 591, Lewiston, ME, 04243 - to win Fuel restaurant and a two-bedroom condo. Entries will be accepted online untilOctober 17, 2016 at midnightand by mail untilOctober 14, 2016.

Fuel, located at 49 Lisbon St. in the heart of downtown Lewiston, is a thriving modern French bistro with a lounge and event space called Sidecar. The restaurant, founded by owner and Auburn native Eric Agren, has been open for 10 years. Agren is also the developer of the eight new condominium units next door to Fuel.

'Whoever wins Fuel will immediately own a successful restaurant, a great place to live, an extensive wine cellar and everything in the restaurant - plus $20,000 in the bank,' said Agren. 'I'm excited to hand over the keys to the restaurant to someone with energy and passion who has the drive to write the next chapter of Fuel with its fantastic team,' added Agren.

Agren decided to offer the restaurant through an essay contest so anyone with passion can achieve their dream. He said, 'I know how hard it is to launch and develop a healthy business, and I'm happy to offer an opportunity like this - to own a successful restaurant and condo and to be able to share your love for good food and hospitality in a great Maine city.'

The contest includes the custom-built 7,000-square-foot commercial space and the recently-built 1,600-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo at 43 Lisbon St.

Agren, a lifelong entrepreneur, is frequently credited with assisting with the revitalization of downtown Lewiston. He is also the founder and former owner of Marche, a wine bar and restaurant also in Lewiston.

For details and to enter Maine's Dream Restaurant Contest, visitfuelcontest.com. The winner will be selected by a panel of independent judges (excluding Agren), who will review the anonymously-submitted essays. The winner will be notified after October 25, 2016.

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