Chummies Bar held its last open mic night on May 31. “We can give them a chance to come out once a week, speak to some like-minded people, cure the cabin fever, I guess … it’s about keeping the music alive,” owner Gabe Wood told The Ellsworth American in 2018. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Chummies shuts its doors



ELLSWORTH — Chummies Bar, a neighborhood watering hole on Franklin Street known for its open mic and karaoke, closed its doors on May 31.

“After some careful consideration and introspection, I have decided to step away from the bar business,” owner Gabe Wood wrote in a Facebook post in April.

“I will be entertaining serious inquiries about purchasing the business. You know how to get a hold of me. I would love nothing more than to see my favorite bar stay open, I’m just no longer the right person for the job. If no sale agreement can be reached, however, expect Chummies to close at the end of May.”

Wood bought the bar several years ago. Musicians from around the region and beyond came to play the open mic circuit at the bar, which hosted sessions every Thursday.

“We can give them a chance to come out once a week, speak to some like-minded people, cure the cabin fever, I guess … it’s about keeping the music alive,” Wood told The Ellsworth American in 2018.

The American could not reach Wood for comment, but he said in another post that he wasn’t sure what was next for him.

“I do know that today I feel closer to the version of me I want to be than ever before and I can’t wait to see what kind of beginning this ending can lead to.”

A last post on May 31 thanked the bar’s customers for their patronage.

“We appreciate every ounce of support from all of our customers, all of our musicians, and our community. It’s been a good run and we couldn’t have done it without you.”

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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