Tuesday, December 10, 2013
By Amy Calder firstname.lastname@example.org
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Peter Martin, whose family owned the former John Martin's Manor in Waterville, speaks with long-time employee Amanda Proctor outside the business at today's auction of the property.
Staff photo by David Leaming
Peter Martin stands in front of the John Martin's Manor Restaurant on College Avenue in Waterville in 2005, shortly before selling the establishment to a Georgia company.
File photo by Jeff Pouland
"I said, 'I've got to go over and see what's happening,'" Proctor said. "Memories — a lot of memories. This was the place to eat. Fabulous salad bar, great prime rib and popovers — everyone loved the popovers. (Martin) was by far the best boss I ever had. He and Bruce Harmon (general manager) were wonderful. We always were a team."
Proctor, who is now an antiques dealer, said she went to work at the Olive Garden after leaving the Manor in 1998.
Gerry Butler, 49, of Waterville, lives in the neighborhood and stopped when she saw the auction sign, she said. She worked at the restaurant from 2001 to 2009.
"I started waitressing and I was a banquet coordinator several years and at the end, when the restaurant closed, I was the general manager," she said. "It's heartbreaking to see the building in the condition that it's in. It was such a beautiful restaurant. I loved working here — loved, loved working here. I worked with Peter and Bruce Harmon and stayed on with Autotote."
She came to the auction hoping somebody planned to open a restaurant there again.
"But I thought, after looking at it, that that would be a little far-fetched," she said. "Going through there just brings back so many memories of what it was."
Don Plourde, of Coldwell Banker/Plourde Real Estate, said he hopes the prominent building is bought and used.
"It'll certainly be nice to see somebody do something with it," Plourde said. "But it does need a lot of work."
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