The NEW Conte's in Rockland, Maine: Just like the old one
As a Conte's regular, naturally I feared what moving to a new location would mean to my beloved (and totally disreputable) hangout.
I've been to the new place a couple times already, and will be going at least twice more in the next month (out-of-town guests are demanding it, despite it being 2 hours from my place), and all i can say is, Hallelujah!!!
John Conte has pulled off a remarkable feat. The new place looks just like the old one. I couldn't believe my eyes.
The food? No change whatsoever. Conte is still a master at preparing fresh seafood. Portion sizes? Also the same; the guy's never met a dinner plate that he couldn't fill to overcapacity.
Jeannie, the waitress? Still as wonderfully surly (and lovable) as ever. (Even though she told me that I suck: http://bit.ly/9vbYWL)
Look, the place isn't for everybody, okay. But it's a treasure. I'm glad it's still around. And even gladder that it didn't change.
Bravo, John Conte!