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Swamp Travels
July 25th, 2017

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
A family wedding took us to the nation’s capitol this past weekend. It was a joyful and exuberant affair in the center of the city. Between events we walked the sweltering streets in the triangle from Foggy Bottom to the White House to Georgetown, taking in the trappings of a polished power tending toward the paranoid – sinister black SUVs, Secret Service agents sweating in their side-armed body armor, well-fenced lawns and flower beds, lying gorgeous between the guard houses – as well as lovely, leafy circles in which stand statues of the great and famous of our history, surrounded by the forsaken and forgotten of our present, arrayed on benches amidst the meager piles of their possessions, and finally quaint and quirky townhouses from times more modest in wealth but perhaps richer in spirit and character than the interesting times in which we live . . . .
Curiously, though this was our first trip to DC as a destination in more than a decade, it was the third trip transiting it since February, and the third time we were stranded by weather-related cancellations and delays. But we are safely back in Bath, basking in the temperate sunshine of today, grateful for the beauty and bounty of the place and the people who make it the pleasant idyll that it mostly is!
Friday Night Jazz July 28, 2017
This week we’ll have the pleasure of hearing saxman Ralph Norris, accompanied by Mickey Felder at the keyboard, in the New Space for their final appearance in Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro. If a bit of brass is your thing in the musical panoply of jazz, then come on out for Ralph and Mickey this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where fresh local food and fabulous flavor flourish far from the madding crowds and crabbed complexities prevailing in the more populous places to our south.
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Seven Week Swan Song (email of July 18, 2017)
July 25th, 2017

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
We have decided that this summer season will be the last for Solo Bistro, at least under our ownership. We are putting the restaurant and the building up for sale, and if the restaurant is not purchased by Labor Day, it will close. We may or may not retain the building, depending on the market.
We are convinced this is the right time to make this change, both for us at this point in our lives, and, we hope, for the community and our staff. We are pleased to see that the restaurant scene in Bath seems to be burgeoning, with the opening of an excellent new restaurant last fall and a brew pub in the works for this fall. We hope that you will continue to support these energetic new businesses as you have ours – they will play an important role in making Bath an even more attractive place to live and work.
We are very proud of the work the staff has done over the past thirteen years to make Solo Bistro one of the best restaurants in Maine, and we hope we have played a positive role in the economic evolution of the historic and vibrant community of Bath. We will continue to advocate for the better economic future we believe awaits our region and our city.
Friday Night Jazz July 21, 2017
In the meantime, July’s 3rd Friday Art Walk is on tap in Bath this week, along with a lovely long and languorous summer evening. What better way to spend a such an evening than to wander into studios and galleries, chatting with the many interesting artists in our midst, and then to repair for a repast to Solo Bistro and the sophisticated sounds of Ahmad Hassan Muhammed, and his keyboard? None, we would suggest! The finest kind of Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro this week with Ahmad Hassan Muhammed, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where for at least another seven weeks, Solo Bistro will continue to serve fresh food from our local farms and fisheries, host Friday Night Jazz, and provide the same attentive but unobtrusive service we have always striven to provide.
If you or someone you know has the restaurant bug, or an interest in commercial property in Bath, or better yet, both, contact our agent Ed Herczeg of TMREN Commercial Real Estate at 207 553 2491 or at We will keep you informed as the process unfolds.
With thanks for your support over the years,
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Solo Bistro Bistro 128 front street, downtown bath maine, 207.443.3373
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