FREEPORT, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- The Jameson Tavern building has been a fixture in downtown Freeport since 1779, and has been home to a popular restaurant for the last 20 years, but it abruptly shut its doors at the end of last week.

A sign posted on the door of the restaurant states Jameson Tavern is closed until further notice, and the owners could not be reached for comment Monday.

Freeport USA, a member organization designed to promote business and tourism in town, said it has reached out to Jameson Tavern owners and employees offering help in finding other opportunities in the community.

The sudden closure of the restaurant has left many in town shocked.

"It's a familiar face to Freeport," Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen Manager and Freeport USA Board Member Matt Morrison said. "It's something everybody knows and everybody likes. I'm sure something will come about soon and hopefully it will reopen."

Freeport USA Executive Director Janet Dutson said while the closure of Jameson Tavern does leave a void in the community, economic officials remain hopeful for the future.

"There's been a lot of growth recently. We've had some new restaurants like Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen and Freeport Seafood Company," Dutson said. "We also have some old standbys that everybody loves like Azure Cafe."

Dutson said there has also been talk of new restaurants and retail stores coming to town, such as Old Navy and Sperry outlet stores, as well as Siano's Pizzeria potentially reopening on Main Street.

Freeport USA has also said there are plans for future events to promote the food industry in town.

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