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Happy, grateful, trails! – the final Solo Bistro Email, 8/29/17
September 6th, 2017

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
Summer slowly fades to fall; the annual tide of tourists and summer visitors has turned while the sun starts its southerly slide. At our thirteenth summer’s end, so too will Solo Bistro end its remarkable run of culinary excellence this week. This passing has produced in us an alloy of excitement, relief and regret, but on the spectrum of possible changes in this unpredictable and transitory life, this one is very much in the positive range.
As we prepare to close our doors after service Saturday, we are grateful to the hundreds of employees and thousands of customers who have shared our common culinary adventure over the years, and we are cognizant especially of creative spirit and capacity for hard work of the chefs who have led our back-of-house operations: Stacy Blouin, Esau Crosby, Tony Lavelle, Tyne Sansom and, of course, our longest standing chef, Raymond Franklyn. Ray will be doing catering this fall while he considers his longer term options, and can be reached at if you are in that market.
One person in particular has been with us from the start and has become the essential bedrock of our front-of-house and beverage operations, Mary Stilphen. And perhaps the most unsung of all the key people of Solo Bistro, our bookkeeper, Susan Deterling, has kept us and our vendors sane and cordial throughout occasionally trying times. To these and to every dishwasher, busser, prep cook, server and line cook who has pushed themselves to improve their skills and contribute more to Solo Bistro’s success, we give our thanks.
Friday Night Jazz September 2, 2017
Two Grey Haired Guys, or Dos Canosos, a.k.a. guitarist Gary Wittner and percussionist/ vocalist Raoul Freyre, will fill the final Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro with the smooth syncopation of Latin jazz. The warmth of their longstanding musical and personal friendship shines through in their performances, making them favorites of their audiences and the perfect pair to close out the long and warm relationship between Maine jazz and Solo Bistro. Don’t miss the exuberant finale to Friday Night Jazz, this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
One final note, Main Street Bath is conducting a quick and easy online survey (less than 5 minutes), which among other things will help fill Solo’s storefronts in the future. Please take a few moments to give your two cents to Main Street Bath here.
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where change is a relatively infrequent, but inevitably irresistible, visitor . . . .
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

A Cricket Madeleine – email of 8/22/17
September 6th, 2017

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
It is remarkable how crickets singing on a gentle August evening will recall in an instant the distillation of decades of summers past: the poignant sense of impending loss of summer’s ineffable sweetness, the implicit threat of hurricanes in the breathless, humid, air; the recognition that the hopes and plans of spring, or more, will remain unrealized; the half-remembered summer friendships, rivalries and romances of youth, of which perhaps the pangs survive more clearly in memory than the persons who provoked them.
In clichéd common parlance, crickets have come to mean an absence of response, but of an August eve, this correspondent, for one, would contend the contrary.
Friday Night Jazz August 25, 2017
Gary Wittner, Maine’s own guru of the jazz guitar, returns for his final solo gig at Solo this Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Catch him while you can!
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where late summer’s languor is liable to lead one to wax elegiacal!
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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