The shuttered laundromat on Pleasant Street is set to reopen before the end of the month. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Laundromat to reopen



BAR HARBOR — The shuttered coin laundry at 6 Pleasant St., behind the Coffee Cup Diner and former Main St. Market and gas station, is set to reopen soon, according to real estate agents.

The property is reportedly under contract, and the prospective new owner intends to make a good faith effort to open the laundry before the end of the month, agents said.

The planned schedule will mean the town will not be without a public laundry facility if the only other one here, on Holland Avenue, closes as planned on Oct. 31. Owner Scott Beaudreault, who bought the businesses in 2014 from longtime owner Joe Paluga, said this summer he was losing money on the laundry and wants to expand his auto repair and tire business there.

The Main Street laundromat closed in late May when Bar Harbor Bank & Trust foreclosed on the property along with the 317 Main St. parcel that includes the diner and former store and gas station. A foreclosure auction was held in July. The bank has honored the leases of Amigo’s restaurant, the Coffee Cup diner and tenants in the attached apartments. Before the foreclosure, diner owner William Hanscom operated in tandem with Maine Street Market operations by owner Doug Smith.

Veena Gaines of Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate bought the Main Street parcel at the summer auction. “I believe in Bar Harbor real estate,” she said.

She has advertised one of the apartments in the building for rent, mentioning in the listing that the laundry will be open soon.

The restaurant on the property, Amigo del Diablo, closes for the season Oct. 16. Owner Chris Heaton said they did not renew the lease for that location. They haven’t decided whether or where to open next season, he said.

 

 

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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