Friday, January 28, 2022

Business Spotlight: Guff's Grub and Pub

There’s an old saying in the restaurant business that great food draws attention and brings people together and that’s exactly the premise behind the new Guff’s Grub and Pub in Standish. 

Located at 450 Northeast Road, Guff’s Grub and Pub is owned by Kristen Guffey and opened for business on Dec. 1. Featuring a mouth-watering menu of sandwiches, pub favorites and beverages, Guff’s is quickly becoming a go-to destination for those who love tasty meals served in a fun atmosphere or a casual lunch or dinner with friends. 

Serving high-quality meals and focusing on attentive and personalized customer service are the basic foundations of Guff’s Grub and Pub, according to Guffey.

She’s also aware that the primary reason anyone visits a restaurant is for the food and the delicious meals that Guff’s Grub and Pub serves are reasonably priced and prepared on the spot.

“It’s all homemade and fresh,” Guffey said. “I smoke most of my meats that we serve such as wings, pork belly, corned beef, and pulled pork. I make really good food and that’s the best thing about what I do here.”

Guffey said she’s strived to ensure costs are affordable so everyone can enjoy Guff’s Grub and Pub.

“The food and alcohol prices are great I believe,” Guffey said. “They’re not too expensive and not bottom dollar.”

The menu is precisely what you would expect from a popular pub restaurant with a few surprises too.

For appetizers, Guff’s Grub and Pub offers Mozzarella Sticks; Chicken Wings; Fried Thai Chili Brussels Sprouts; Poutine Fries; Chili Cheese Fries; Fried Pickles; Spicy Onion Strings; Sweet Potato Fries; and French Fries. The menu includes a selection of soups, Caesar and Garden Salads; and Coleslaw.  

Diners at Guff’s can choose from a Fried Chicken Sandwich; a Fried Buffalo Chicken Sandwich; Grilled Cheese; Steak & Cheese; BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich; Reuben Sandwich; BLT Sandwich; Pork Belly BLT Sandwich; Fried Haddock Sandwich; Fish and Chips; Mac and Cheese; Chicken Tenders and Steak Tips. And all sandwiches are served with hand-cut fries.

Guff’s Grub and Pub also has four different types of burgers, some of the best pizza to be found in the Lakes Region of Maine and a generous assortment of beer sure to please.

“Many of our items on the menu are very popular but I would have to say we sell a lot of chicken tenders,” Guffey said. “People just love them.”

A favorite for both take-out and dining-in, Guff’s is family friendly and has an assortment of arcade games and a billiard table for kids of all ages.

Reviews are enthusiastic and positive.

The food was phenomenal! The fried chicken sandwich was homemade and perfectly breaded and the produce on it was crisp and fresh. The buffalo chicken mac & cheese was made to order and was in the most delicious cheese sauce. Definitely check this place out and have some great grub.” Dana Peterson

“Everything was cooked to perfection, tasted delicious, staff is quick and friendly! Would highly recommend.” Marissa Perron

“Just had the best buffalo wings! I appreciate you guys at Guffs!” Chris Wilson

“Went today for the first time looking for a home cook feel meal and got that and more, incredible food, fun and service.” Tim Boe

Our food was so delicious, the haddock sandwich is light and fluffy, not greasy; and the hand cut fries… mmm good. They have a good beer selection too.” Tammy Fitzgerald

Such a fun place great food especially their Fries!!! The kids played arcade games waiting for their food which even my picky eaters loved!!! Great service!” Kate Estes

Guff’s Grub and Pub is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays. 

To place a take-out order, call 207-648-4461. Visit them on Facebook at Gruff’s Grub and Pub.

“This is a labor of love for us and I'm looking forward to serving all types of customers, new or repeat,” Guffey said. “We want to be consistent with our food and service so that our patrons can always have a good experience here and to have it the exact same way the next time and each time that they visit Guff’s Grub and Pub.” <

Friday, January 21, 2022

Business Spotlight: Eagle Japanese Sushi & Steak House

Windham may be a world away from Japan, but for anyone looking to put their taste buds to the test, the new owner of Eagle Japanese Sushi & Steak House promises a dining experience second to none no matter if you’re dining in or taking out. 

Tao Zheng recently purchased the popular restaurant at 818 Roosevelt Trail and immediately set out to win the hearts and minds of diners by upgrading quality of the authentic Japanese sushi and hibachi dishes served at Eagle Japanese Sushi & Steak House, but also by focusing on providing attentive and courteous customer service to everyone who visits the restaurant.

“We pay more attention to the freshness of the food, the quality of the food, and the taste of the food itself, and strive to bring good food to everyone,” Zheng said. “We also focus on service.”

Open for two months under Zheng’s direction, Eagle Japanese Sushi & Steak House has six employees and has upgraded many meals offered on the menu by using higher quality products and fish.

“I can bring you food that I think is better,” Zheng said. “When I first took over this restaurant, I made a lot of changes compared to the previous owner, such as the menu, the quality of the food, and canceled some of the previous food, which caused many people to not accept it.”

He said that currently patrons have identified Crab Rangoons, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Ayoza, Rock Shrimp, Sushi and Sashimi, and Japanese Teriyaki as among some of the most popular meals that the restaurant prepares.

“We have made a lot of changes whether it was the food itself or the environment at the restaurant, we are all different,” Zheng said. “I will often hear people say that the food in our restaurant is better than before. It will be a little more expensive than before, but everyone thinks it is worth it because we use the best fish to do sushi.”

Customers that have visited recently have nothing but positive things to say. One customer wrote a google review which said, “Amazing staff, delicious food! The quality of the food is second to none. Extremely friendly service, and fast preparation of items. The ingredients are fresh and made to order. Would absolutely recommend this place. A hidden gem!”

Another patron raved about the food and service saying, “This fried rice is perfect, this ice cream is also beautiful, what’s more, the service is awesome. I will be back!”

According to Zheng, the restaurant’s menu features classic rolls which include six pieces per order and mouth-watering delicacies such as Super White Tuna; Spicy Crunchy Crab; Yellowtail Scallion; Eel Avocado; Shrimp Cucumber and many more.

Sushi Bar starters offer Blackened Tuna; Spicy Tartar Tower; Beef Tataki; Fugi Mountain; Yellowtail Jalapeno; Seafood Ceviche; Crunchy White Tuna; Sunomono; Star Wishes; Sushi Appetizer; Sasimi Appetizer; and Crazy Buffet with four pieces of jalapeno, cheese tuna or salmon deep fried with tobiko, scallions or crunchy.

Classic Japanese Teriyaki dishes are also available at Eagle Japanese Sushi & Steak House served in chicken; shrimp; salmon; scallop; steak; filet mignon; and twin lobster tail meals or in 20 different teriyaki combinations.

All Hibachi dishes at Eagle Japanese Sushi & Steak House are served with hibachi fried rice with vegetable and two pieces of hibachi shrimp, green salad, and clear soup. Hibachi single-item meals are available in Vegetable; Tofu; Chicken; Calamari; Shrimp; Swordfish; Salmon; Scallop; Steak; Filet Mignon; and Twin Lobster Tail and in 26 different types of combinations. Hibachi portions for children under 12 are also served.

Eagle Japanese Sushi & Steak House is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Lunch specials are available and online or phone ordering for pick-up is offered.

“We are doing a discount now and we welcome everyone to come in and try it,” Zheng said. “We will be changing our name in two months to let everyone know we have a new owner. Everyone is welcome to participate  in helping us come up with a new name and there will be rich rewards for winning. We have improved the quality of our food and want to bring the best to everyone.” 

Visit Eagle Japanese Sushi & Steak House online at or call to place an order at 207-893-8081 or 207-893-8658. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with specials and events and to submit your ideas for a new restaurant name. <

Friday, January 14, 2022

Business Spotlight: Willie's Towing

Those who’ve ever had to call a towing service for assistance know that it’s often at the worst imaginable time, such as following an auto accident, in the middle of the night, or on the way for a vacation. Willie’s Towing of Windham is aware of this and offers quick response, friendly tow truck drivers and fair pricing when you need it the most. 

Owned and operated by Willie Baxter of Windham, Willie’s Towing has been in business since 2012 and Baxter has decades of experience in the towing business, having worked in the industry since 1988.

With four trucks and six employees, Willie’s Towing is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and employees take pride in being able to lend a hand when needed.

“It can be stressful at times when we get five or six calls all at the same time,” Baxter said. “But we love what we do and have the expertise to do the job right.”

Willie’s Towing provides towing and roadside assistance in Windham, Raymond, Standish, and the entire Southern Maine Lakes Region.

“Certainly, the best part of this business is meeting people and helping them to feel more comfortable,” Baxter said. “We emphasize friendly, courteous and generous service and we have the experience and the skills to do our job effectively.”

Along with 24-hour emergency availability, Willie’s Towing provides AAA towing; car and light-duty truck towing; light commercial towing; tire changes; gasoline service; winch and recovery services; impound services; boat towing; and motorcycle towing.

They also offer lockout services; junk car removal; construction equipment; jumpstarting of vehicles; local flatbed towing; battery service; and much more.

Willie’s can help drivers become unstuck in the snow and pull vehicles out of embankments when they run off the road.

“I try to be as up front as I can when people call us for help,” Baxter said. “I’ll tell you right away if we can do it or not. Your time is valuable, and we don’t want to waste it if we can’t help.”

Towing drivers are tested under all types of weather conditions and emergency situations and the challenges they encounter are varied. They could be called to the scene of an accident or by a mother trying to take her children to school first thing in the morning. It requires tact and courtesy and the knowledge of how to deal with others in stressful circumstances.

The situations that Willie’s Towing drivers may experience is never the same, Baxter said. It could be to retrieve a broken-down vehicle from a busy highway in the middle of the night or extract a car from a crowded parking lot with very little space to maneuver the tow truck.

“We never know what we will be facing on any particular day,” Baxter said. “But we’re here and we’re ready to help.”

Their willingness to help has earned rave reviews from their customers.

Judith S. posted this review on Yelp:

“Don't you hate the feeling when you go out to start your car for work and all you get is that dreaded grinding noise? Willie to the rescue!  Aside from being a really nice guy, the service was prompt, and he gave me hints on what to do next and how to tell when the problem is my battery versus something else.  Love local companies run by people in my community who have your interests in mind.  Great service and a really reasonable price.  Wouldn't call anyone else.”

Baxter is grateful for his success in the towing business and says it is dependent upon how his customers are treated.

“I share this with all my employees and expect them to follow it,” he said. “I want the people that work with me to treat our customers as if they were their own parents.”

Willie Towing is certified by AAA and is located at 999 River Road in Windham. They can be reached at 207-310-0469. Visit them online at on Facebook at <

Friday, January 7, 2022

Business Spotlight: Richie Vraux, Better Homes and Gardens

When it comes to buying and selling a home in the Lakes Region, generations have come to rely on the expertise and personalized service of Richie Vraux of Better Homes and Gardens, The Masiello Group, Maine’s Premier Team.  

Vraux, a Broker and a REALTOR®, knows exactly what needs to be done for his clients and believes that working tirelessly for those who seek his help is the primary factor for his long-term success.

“I am a fulltime broker with 25 years of experience,” Vraux said. “I help navigate every deal for my clients, either buyers or sellers.”

According to Vraux, his diligence and willingness to put in the extra effort sometimes required distinguish him from the competition.

“Lots of companies work Monday through Friday are encouraged to take the weekend off,” he said. “I work weekends and more when buyers and sellers are off. I am available when they need me to be.”

He’s proud of his work and Vraux says the secret to being effective in his job is listening and communicating.

“It’s all about satisfying people - both sellers and buyers,” he said. “In the years I’ve been doing this I’ve never had a bad review and have maintained a high level of professionalism.”

Working throughout Southern Maine but mostly in the Lakes Region, Vraux is an independent working for Better Homes and Gardens, The Masiello Group, out of their office located at 76 Tandberg Trail in Windham.

“I offer my clients, whether it be buyers or sellers, the best advice I can,” he said. “I offer advice to help sellers obtain the highest and best use for selling their property. For buyers I listen to their needs and wants and their price range, help them to become qualified and negotiate in their best interest.”

Vraux’s extensive knowledge of the real estate business, what properties are available, and his ability to help clients clearly grasp and understand all of the specifics and details of transactions, also are invaluable tools to those he serves.

“Communication is truly the key to building and sustaining a successful business,” Vraux said. “I make it a point to touch base with past clients for their recommendations. I’ve been successful in building a family of people who’ve bought and sold with me over the years. They have been the recipients of the personalized service I offer to all my clients.”

Vraux said he often tells his clients when a deal closes that it doesn’t end there. “I say to them that they’re not done with me; I ask them to tell their family and friends to see Richie Vraux when they need help with real estate,” he said.

The greatest misconception people may have about real estate are held by homeowners, who feel that they know the value of their home before they decide to sell, Vraux said.

“Sellers do think their properties are worth more than they actually are sometimes,” he said. “I do a thorough  comparative market analysis so that they can understand the competition out there.”

The pricing for his services is fair and reasonable. “Most REALTORS® follow a set commission of 6 percent,” Vraux said. “I am flexible depending on each property and conditions. I am in line with most REALTORS®.”

He’s also one of the first real estate agents in this area to offer cutting edge technology through Hommati Dynamic Visual Content, a service that features 3-D interactive tours, aerial videos, virtual staging and HD photography for prospective buyers and sellers.     

Vraux said that his greatest accomplishment is putting a smile on the faces of first-time home buyers as they move into their newly purchased residence.

A recent client gave him a five-star review saying, “Richie is by far one of the best real estate agents I have ever met. He has gone above and beyond and exceeded expectations. While this is our first home buying experience he worked closely with us helping us navigate one of the hottest markets in U.S history. He was able to get us into showings where we thought for sure they would be booked up. While we missed out on some houses due to better offers Richie stayed positive and continued to support us throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend Richie to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a property as he has connections in the real estate world that prove to be very helpful.”

To learn more about Richie Vraux and experience his exceptional services, call him at 207-317-1297 or email: You can also view his website at:, where you will find many educational articles, see more testimonials and to sign up for Market Watch which will keep you in the know and up to date on the housing market and trends in your area. Also find him on Facebook at <