Cumberland cafe to expand hours, add beer, wine

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CUMBERLAND — Doc’s Cafe, which opened a year ago at the corner of Main Street and Tuttle Road, plans to expand its hours three days a week and serve light dinners, gelato, beer and wine.

The Town Council unanimously approved vinous and malt liquor licenses for the business on Monday, Town Manager Bill Shane said.

Rebecca Williams opened Doc’s in a 19th century building that was formerly Dr. Louis Hanson’s office, hence the name “Doc’s.” The front of the building was renovated, with an eye toward keeping the oldest part as authentic as possible, while the rear was rebuilt.

A neighboring apartment building, which stands on the site of a former barn, was built in the style of that structure to maintain the feel of what used to stand at the street corner.

Williams said last year that she hoped to address desires expressed by residents for more rental housing and a place to meet friends and share a meal.

The cafe’s offerings have included coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. The hours have been 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

But Williams plans to keep the cafe open until 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, or until 9 p.m., if the demand exists. A gelato window will also be opened, and Williams said she hopes to be able to start serving beer and wine before Memorial Day.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.