Turn back the clock 100 years and take a walk down Bridgton’s Depot Street. Utilitarian buildings once home to barns and warehouses now house destination establishments. Head to the end of the street to find Bridgton’s chicest bar, the Depot Street Tap House.
Carrye Castleman-Ross has transformed the former Wales & Hamblen Warehouse into an 864-square-foot small upscale bar serving elegant cocktails, Maine draught beers and bar nibbles. Behind the bar, chatting up customers is Carrye or the effervescent, Hillary McLellan. Locals, summer residents and Bridgton tourists can be found sitting on the deck enjoying a cold beverage or inside throwing darts.
Neighboring the Tap House is the Vivo Country Italian Kitchen and Bar. Originally scheduled to open for the Summer 2015 season, Vivo suffered a devastating fire forcing experienced restauranteurs, James Burke and Joan Wilson to rebuild and focus on an October debut. The 60-seat restaurant will feature an Italian trattoria style environment featuring pasta, pizza and dessert.
Depot Street’s transformation from a sleepy side street adjacent to Reny’s is now a street worthy of a visit. The investment in upgrading an overlooked area by Castleman-Ross and the husband and wife team of Burke and Wilson is just the start to restoring Bridgton to its former glory.