April 04, 2020

Business slump forces Finnegan’s closure

In the midst of the worst ice storm in history, Wayne Babins announced Friday he was going to close G.W. Finnegan’s pub and restaurant in downtown Bangor.

“It just hasn’t worked,” Babins said Friday evening, adding that the business has lagged in the last year.

He blamed some of the problems on competition from other restaurants and establishments at the Bangor Mall and on a decision by the city fire marshal to limit the seating in his establishment.

“Last year our occupancy was cut from about 200 to 300 people to 140 people,” he said. He said it had been too costly for him to upgrade the basement pub to meet all of what he described as stringent fire codes.

Babins started the business in the Pierce Block on Franklin Street about eight years ago. It was his first try at such an establishment. Finnegan’s was a pub, restaurant and dance hall. Before Babins opened Finnegan’s, the space had housed a clam bar and a Mexican restaurant called Pepino’s.

Babins said he would have to let go of his five employees. He had no plans to establish another pub in another location.

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