On Main Street, near Custom Deluxe, another restaurateur is about to give Biddeford something to cheer about. In late January, Steer N Stein opens. Steps from the Pepperell Mill, the casual pub will have 50 (count them) beers on tap. Many will be hyper local. Banded Horn Brewing Co. a block north and Saco’s Barreled Souls are definites.
“I think Biddeford is hungry for something like this,” said owner Harry Royals, on a tour Monday as construction crews feverishly worked on the sprawling bar. “I want to keep people from going to Portland.”
The Georgia native intends to do that with “shareitzers” such as meatballs wrapped in onion and bacon. Located in the former Endicott and Johnson shoe store, last home to Bebe’s Burritos, Steer N Stein’s wants to be your neighborhood pub. Think fish and chips, burgers, prime rib and other beer-friendly fare in a newly renovated space.
“It’s nothing fancy,” said Royals, who is leaving the gourmet touches to Custom Deluxe.
Here the bar is the thing. It will seat 30 and there will be hightop tables in the new street-side window. Royals has run clubs and bars from the Peach Tree State to Florida. This is his not his first rodeo in Maine. Urban Eye has learned that Royals was involved in a restaurant in Gardiner that had to close and file for bankruptcy. Hopefully the ride won’t be as bumpy in Bidde.
“We hope to be open by the SuperBowl,” said Royals, who will have lots of TVs and sports memorabilia around. But don’t call it a sport’s bar.
In an elevated corner bands will play live Thursday through Saturday. And when the weather turns, a 30-seat patio outback beckons. Pull up a stool, grab a mug and drink it in. Maine’s southern mill city is on the up and up.
“There is much coming to life here, a new hotel and condos,” said Royals. “New blood, new people.” And a new burger to boot.
Steer N’ Stein 140 Main St., Biddeford.