Aerosmith-themed menu? Check. Musical memorabilia? Check.

Forty new jobs? Check.

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has partnered with former Sunday River ski resort owner Les Otten to open the Rockin’ & Roastin’ Cafe & Restaurant — At the Mountain, at the Newry resort.

It’s opening in December and moving into the Phoenix House & Well space, after a renovation “fit for rock royalty,” according to a news release.

The Phoenix had been open seasonally for the winter and special events. Rockin’ will stay open year-round. It’ll have a cafe, three bars and a full-service dining room with dishes like “Janie’s Got a Bun” and “Livin’ on a Wedge.”

Funky decor will include Kramer’s hand-painted, glow-in-the-dark drum kit from Aerosmith’s Global Warming Tour.

Kramer must have some fondness for the area: Two years ago, he announced the first hotel partnership for his organic coffee at The Bethen Inn Resort.

He plans to make an appearance at Rockin’s grand opening, according to a spokeswoman.

A development mystery

That bulldozing and lot-clearing this week next to Tim Hortons on Sabattus Street in Lewiston?

It’s apparently nothing. For now.

City Planner David Hediger said owner Paul Rancourt, who also owns the Tim Hortons site next door, asked for approval to level and stabilize the lot to make it more desirable for future development.

Two doors up from Tim Hortons, after a year-plus of renovations, the (new) New Lewiston Mandarin Buffet is now open. 

Less of a mystery, but light on details . . . 

Freight shipping company CEVA Logistics has signed a lease for 47,000 square feet of industrial space at, fittingly, 55 Logistics Drive in Auburn, according to a monthly news release from CBRE/The Boulos Co.

CBRE’s Craig Young and Chris Paszyc brokered the deal. Paszyc said the space had been occupied by New England Public Warehousing.

CEVA describes itself on its website as “one of the world’s leading non-asset-based supply chain management companies” with 42,000 employees, operating in more than 170 countries.

Its local plans are unclear. The company didn’t respond to several requests for comment this week.

Quick hits about business comings, goings and happenings. Have a Buzzable tip? Contact Staff Writer Kathryn Skelton at 207-689-2844 or [email protected]


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