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Maine Restaurant Association names the Geaghan family of Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery as 2016 Restaurateurs of the Year Award recipients

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From left: Andrew, Pat, Larry, Peter Geaghan. From left: Andrew, Pat, Larry, Peter Geaghan. Andrew Foster Photography

BANGOR - Chairman of the Board Tina Hewett-Gordon has announced the names of the industry professionals who will be honored with the Maine Restaurant Association's 2016 annual awards, along the names of industry notables was Bangor's own Geaghan family. Award winners are selected each year by the association's awards committee from nominations submitted by restaurant and allied industry members from across the state. The awardees will be celebrated at the association's Annual Awards Banquet at the end of the March.

In making the announcement Chairman Hewett-Gordon said, 'In Maine's highly-celebrated restaurant scene, it's so important that we, as an association, pause to recognize our own. This year's slate of awardees is reflective of the national and international praise that has only intensified over the past several years for our talented, diverse, innovative and successful foodservice professionals.'

The organization's 2016 Restaurateurs of the Year Award will be bestowed upon the Geaghan family, who have owned and operated Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery for over the past 40 years. Together, brothers Larry, Peter and Pat, along with Larry's son Andrew, pride themselves with running a family style restaurant and brewery with the same values that started the company in 1975: loyalty, community, quality and integrity.

'This is truly an honor to be recognized by our peers in the industry. We work hard because this is really what we are passionate about,' said Larry Geaghan. 'We are a team, and what we do is really a group effort. We employ great people, we work together with partners in our community and we try to keep everything as local as possible.'

In speaking of the Geaghans, Maine Restaurant Association President and CEO Greg Dugal commented on how integral the family business has been to the economy of the greater Bangor area. 'For five decades Geaghan's Pub has served the community and employed generations of Mainers in the restaurant industry,' said Dugal. 'It's been especially exciting to see the family build a successful brewery over the past several years and how the venture has invigorated the family, their brand and Maine's craft brewing scene.

'Our goal with our annual awards is to recognize restaurant professionals who give back to their community, serve as mentors to others, go above and beyond in serving their customers, and make a positive contribution to our industry,' Dugal continued. The Geaghans certainly fit that mold and we're privileged to honor them in a manner befitting their accomplishments.'

A formal banquet will be held in honor of the Geaghans and the association's other awardees on Tuesday, March 29 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, the night prior to the Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a restaurant showcase reception featuring the culinary stylings of some of Maine's most celebrated chefs followed by a seated dinner, with the evening culminating in the presentation of awards.

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