Walter’s Cafe in Brunswick

Prolific Maine restaurateur Walter Loeman has leased space in the Tontine Mall in Brunswick where he plans to open a new business called Walter’s Cafe. Loeman hopes to launch the cafe in May.

This new Walter’s will be a counter service cafe serving soups, stews, salads, sandwiches and drinks along with grab and go food to go as well as stock and bone broth for cooking/enjoyment at home. Four Maine farms (Whatley, Six Rivers, Goranson, Morning Dew) will be featured on the salad menu, each with a dish that highlights seasonal ingredients sourced from them. Bread will be baked in-house and Loeman plans to serve his grandmother’s lobster bisque that some diners (including this writer) will recall was on the menu at Perfettos nearly 25 years ago.

Walter’s will be located in a space formerly occupied by Butchers & Bakers which closed in October 2022. The cafe (located downstairs from Brickyard Hollow) will seat ~30 and Loeman hopes to create a community space where people will want to remain for a time and return to often. He also sees part of the cafe’s mission is to showcase the bounty of Maine farms. He shared that a guiding principle for Walter’s Cafe will be to make it approachable, affordable and repeatable experience.

Loeman has been a member of the Maine restaurant community dating back to the 1980s when he launched the Mariner’s Church Bakery. He’s been the creator or co-creator of many noted establishments including the bakery, the original Walter’s Cafe on Exchange Street, Perfettos, Joe’s Boathouse, Cotton Street Cantina, 15 Independence, Maza, Perfettos Kennebunkport, Fresh, and Farm Truck Juice. In addition he’s the founder of the Farm Truck Institute.