This image is hanging up in the offices of the I. Mylnikov Company in Angarsk, Russia, a city near Lake Baikal in Siberia where Gentle Viewer Ginger (aka Svetlana Khokhriakova Tazhetdinova) works. I thought it was an odd choice then it dawned on me that they thought this might be a typical American Coffee Shop. This closed door is the saddest thing you can see in town.
I mentioned this to Skip, who thought it was funny because you CANNOT get coffee there, only sandwiches as seen here while Skip hams it up (no pun intended) for the Russians. He prides himself in knowing your order. Mine is the Super Deluxe with Ham. According to his website MONTY (Brave Monty) gets a special order. Something I dare not try and I've been eating there for 40 years. As Skip tells the women who make the sandwiches out back: "He ate these in his crib"
People will line up in all weather for these sandwiches. He's open from 10 until he runs out. Closed weekends and the month of September. So it's a crap shoot in the afternoon. Best not to take chances. The Ambulance drivers had ham, the patient was reported to have had salami.
Skip's father started the Coffee Pot in 1930 on Hancock Street as a coffee shop and later added the sandwiches which soon moved coffee out of the way. Years later he moved to the State Street location where it is now. Skip and his sisters ran it for years after that. But now it's just Skip and the women who make the sandwiches.
And THIS...this is the HAPPIEST sight in Bangor, The Coffee Pot still open, late in the afternoon, because it means there are still sandwiches and your night will be scented of onions.
Post made up of previously published and unpublished photos