Local lunch mecca serves its last
By Soren Velice
After four years as one of Blaines lunch hour social hubs, Annies Place is closing its doors.
Due to the lease coming up for renewal, an upcoming baby and another restaurant, Annie and husband Ed Magner will close the deli Friday, April 13. Im going to miss seeing everybody, Annie said. Being on the corner, Im going to miss being up on everything, being informed. Its been a lot of fun. Ed, co-owner of Annies and La Bonne Maison, said he will also miss the regulars. Its been a great four years, he said. Ive really enjoyed being here weve made a lot of new friends. I look forward to hanging out and drinking coffee with them in other places.
The Magners cited several reasons to shut down Annies. We lose the lease at the end of the month, Ed said. With the building for sale, we thought wed lose the lease or look for a new location; it made sense to consolidate the overhead.
With a baby on the way, Annie said, it made sense to take time off; she already has plans for some of the extra time. Im looking forward to volunteering at the school, picking up my friends kids and going to the beach and stuff, she said. She did say shed pick up Wednesday and Thursday dinner shifts at La Bonne Maison before she gives birth, so she wont disappear from the radar of the lunchtime faithful theyll just have to see her at dinner instead.
Ed said the couple plans to make up for the loss of Annies. In early May were going to start doing lunch at the La Bonne Maison, but itll be a little more upscale, he said. He added customers shouldnt suffer too much over the absence of the deli. One of the nice things is theres so many choices, he said. Portal Cafe is doing a lot of things we do and Blackberry House has really good food, so what well do is provide another choice. Lunch offerings at La Bonne Maison will include light entrees, salads and sandwiches, he said. Annie said she plans to sell her popular soups wholesale to other restaurants. Ed said another restaurant may be in the Magners future, but it would be at least a couple years off.
Ed and Annie both look forward to seeing loyal customers for dinner. Were going to have to do a good job, Ed said. Therell be some people that will try it, but weve got to bring them back. He said he hopes good service and good food will accomplish that. Annie was thankful for their support of the deli. Its been a lot of fun, she said. We thank everybody for all their support; we couldnt have done La Bonne Maison without all the people here.