Mil­lie’s will be missed

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

Mil­lie’s Diner, lo­cated on Duf­ferin Street in the Rrock Is­land sec­tor of Stanstead, of­fi­cially closed its’ doors this past week af­ter al­most seven years of op­er­a­tion. Mil­lie’s owner, Bashar Sh­bib, has spo­ken in re­cent months of his in­ten­tion to close the restau­rant in or­der to con­cen­trate on com­plet­ing his doc­toral de­gree in film. Sh­bib, who is a fil­maker by pro­fes­sion, opened the restau­rant many years ago. He per­son­ally cooked and served his cus­tomers. The restau­rant did not have a fixed menu per se, but rather din­ner menus were de­cided upon based on the whim of the owner on any given day. The con­cept was orig­i­nal, and the menu never grew tire­some as a re­sult. The ec­clec­tic am­biance and the quirky char­ac­ter of the owner were only part of the restau­rant›s charm. Lo­cal singers would fre­quent the diner and per­form for din­ner guests and the restau­rant was of­ten packed at night. An­other cause for the close was the fact the build­ing›s owner had sched­uled re­pair work to be done on the foun­da­tion. When the town had con­structed the park­ing lot in back of the build­ing there was struc­tural dam­age done to the foun­da­tion due to the drilling. Re­pairs are sched­uled to be­gin shortly and Sh­bib was not given a time­frame as to when they could be com­pleted. Given his de­sire to com­plete his stud­ies full time, Sh­bib agreed this was an ideal time to close the restau­rant, given the land­lord›s de­sire to pre­pare the build­ing for what may be ex­ten­sive re­pairs.

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