Village Market and Eatery in Gardiner closes

Sad news for Gardinerites: The era of “Lobster All Day, Every Day” in the hamlet is done. The Village Market and Eatery at 125 Main Street closed its doors for the last time this past Sunday, November 3. The business was profiled in these pages in its early days at

In a post “To Our Most Excellent Customers” dated October 14 on the Village Market’s Facebook page, proprietor Carl Zatz cited “Five years in business, the end of the 20teens, a looming milestone birthday and a glorious retirement” as his reasons for ending the popular café’s run. “Visions and values have taken a hit since we opened our doors in 2014. The world has changed completely,” he added.

Zatz went on to give thanks to “our wonderful regulars, our weekenders, our tourists, our climbers, our skydivers, our families, friends, our generous reviewers and four graduating classes of the West Point Black Knights X-Country team that packed our tables every Sunday.”


While a request for details about the space’s next tenants did not receive a response in time for this issue, a Facebook post dated October 19 promised “New folks with lots of restaurant experience on their way.”