Appleton – Simmer, the latest eatery to arise from Maine’s foodie movement, is getting poor reviews due to the fact much of the building’s structural components are hidden from view by finishing touches.
When the owners decided to remodel the 19th century farm house in which Simmer is located, they opted to leave up the original plaster walls and ceilings.
“Is this place even farm to table?” wonders one review on Yelp. “It looks like a farmhouse, but you can’t even seen a single stud or beam.”
Others were concerned with the comfortable seats and tables.
“I want a cozy experience when I dine, the kind I imagine poor people experience. How can I feel poor if the silverware comes from matching sets?” another negative review on Trip Advisor reads.
The restaurant has everything else it needs to be successful. Located at the end of a long and dusty road, one that’s all but impassable in mud season, Simmer is hard to find and hard to get to.
Reservations must be made months in advance, and the ingredients are sourced locally from organic farmers whose ample farmlands and trustfunds afford them the luxury of growing heritage tomatoes.
Simmer released a statement on its Instagram page promising to bring a less comfortable, draftier experience for next season.