The first thing people notice about the South Shore Marketplace, on Route 35 in Sebago Village, is the cleanliness. The second is the welcome from the friendly owners and staff who work there.
“We are happy to do anything we can to help our customers and we love doing it,” LeeAnna Tevanian said.
South Shore Marketplace is owned by Malcolm Tevanian and managed by his wife LeeAnna Tevanian. It has been in business for three months. “We took over the lease and gutted it and started from scratch,” said Malcolm. Despite some people’s concerns about a business on that corner, the Tevanians are optimistic that their food and family atmosphere will win them lifelong customers.
Malcolm was born and raised in Standish and even owns the lot and building across the street from the marketplace. “My job is to create business in the community,” he said. “This corner has always called to me.”
The head chef is Tim McLean, who once worked at the Barnhouse Tavern in Windham. Mikki of Ain’t Mikki Deez Eatery also mans the kitchen.
Malcolm is in the Air Guard and will be deployed next year. By then he hopes the business will be settled in. He is an inspector for the Guard and carries that over to the business. “I run this like I give my inspections,” he said, which explains why cleanliness is one of the first things a person notices.
The entire restaurant has a lakeside appearance with waterskis on the walls and a rudder from Malcolm’s old sunfish. “We brightened it up,” he said. Red and white bench tables are set up for dining.
The food varies from a fisherman’s platter featuring shrimp, scallops, clams and haddock, to a pulled pork sandwich. They also make their own pizza sauce and pizza crust, which sets them apart from the competition. “That’s what makes people drive from far away. We have a lady who calls from Walmart in Scarborough to order her pizza. She picks it up on her way home to Bridgton,” said LeeAnna.
South Shore Marketplace does takeout and delivers within a five mile radius. They also serve breakfast every day after 10:30 a.m. On the weekends, breakfast begins at 7 a.m. with Sunday offering additional selections like eggs Florentine as well as pancakes and other choices.
Broccoli and chicken alfredo is LeeAnna’s favorite dish. “Anything we can make in house we do,” she said. They cook their own pork and turkeys. They use real ingredients, not canned and make homemade meatballs.
The store sells specialty coffee, sodas, beer, wine and cigarettes. “We’re not a hangout, we’re a restaurant,” Malcolm said. “We want to be a part of the community, not just be in it.”
For more information about South Shore Marketplace, visit www.restaurantstandishme.com or on Facebook.