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Nov 14, 2000 10:56 AM

Weirdest New England Restaurant

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Does this place still exist? A couple of years back my wife and I were on Route 1 in Kittery,Maine very close to York. We stopped at this place that I think was called "Hansel & Gretel's" Very strange. The place was nearly empty and this gruff hostess with a German accent said "You vill have to wait 10 minutes."
We were hungry so we stayed. We were seated by a mural, I swear to God, of the children in the story kicking the wicked witch into the oven. I felt like I was in a very dark Nazi twilight zone. Does ANYONE remember this place?????????

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  1. Hansel and Gretel Restaurant and Gift Shop
    US Rte 1 - Kittery, ME - 03904 - 207-439-6132

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    1. re: Jim Leff

      Just north of Route 17 in far western New York (west of Cuba but east of Olean, I've forgotten the exact name) is a cute little wooden carved place called... Little Berchtesgaden. We've never dared stop to go in and investigate in case we end up in the ovens.

    2. Are you asking if it's still in existence because you would be in complete amazement, on how it could still survive? If not, you must be a glutton for punishment to even think of returning to such a restaurant. Maybe this is one restaurant with a sarcasm theme! I lived in York Harbor back in the late 60's, a small hamlet on U.S.1A.hop,skip,& jump from Kittery... definately Hansel & Gretel would not have survived in that time frame.

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        Peter B. Wolf

        To Michael, To even compare the place or the theme to some previous atrocities is ignorant about the Brother Grimm fairytales
        To Carol, where is the sarcasm?
        To Tamara, making something of a place called "Little Berchtesgaden" what it is not, would be the same as associating your Russian name with a Stalinistik Apparatchik
        Wake up folks, Jim Leff, please say something.

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          1. re: Peter B. Wolf

            Peter, I agree. Thanks for speaking up.

            1. re: Peter B. Wolf

              Peter, Webster's New Collegiate tear flesh, bite the lips in rage,sneer, 1: a sharp & often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain. 2: mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic & often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual. Sarcasm being another mode of humor...Sick as it may or may not be. Thus the mural of the children being sent to the oven, displayed in a restaurant, does not require words to show the sarcasm! As to the reference made by Michael I agree it was not called for.

            2. I was actually an employee at this place. It closed a very, very long time ago in 1998. With the failing health of the 'gruff hostess' Ursula and me being the only employee to serve, cook, clean, prep and manage, we finally closed. The murals were a bit odd, but then again so were the owners. But hey, it paid the bills for quite a long time....

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              1. re: Deana2323

                Reviving an 11 year old thread...I love it!

                I wonder what New England restaurant the torch has passed to?

                1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

                  I know that Mahalos Catering was there at one point, but I believe it has sat empty for a while now.

                  1. re: peedee360

                    It was a jamaican place for a couple months as well but looked ridiculous since they kept the Hansel and Gretel exterior (so did Mahalo's) it sits empty waiting for another business that will only survive a few months. Nothing has ever been in there for more than 4 years.

                    1. re: Deana2323

                      Speaking of weird restaurants, does anyone know what happed to The Edmund Fitzgerald? It was a tugboat they converted into a fine dining restaurant, docked in Marina Bay in Quincy. Thought it was kinda funny it was named after a boat that sank in the Great Lakes & was immortalized by a song by Gordon Lightfoot. I thought I heard the owned got mad at the dock owner about them raising the docking fee so he just sailed off. Heard they went somewhere in New England - maybe Maine?

                      1. re: southie_chick

                        In Portland...I thought this place was a trip...seriously...very had it;s positives...but a good cleaning and some food handling traiuning would have left me in a better place...

                        That;s the weirdest one I can think of...