Spencer’s Bakery and cafe ready to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner

By Bill Pearson
Staff Writer
DOVER-FOXCROFT — Tom Spencer is in his bakery before 2 a.m. each morning busy baking enough fresh doughnuts, muffins and croissants to fill his display case. The daily routine also includes

satisfied customers returning on a daily basis to empty the case almost as fast as Spencer fills it.
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    MORNING BREAFAST — Spencer’s Bakery in Dover-Foxcroft isn’t just for breakfast anymore. The bakery, which owner Tom Spencer claims serves the largest breakfast sandwich in Piscataquis County, has expanded its hours and now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week. The bakery’s breakfast sandwiches are served on the customer’s choice of an English muffin, biscuit or croissant. The sandwiches are created by using a double helping of egg and cheese.    
    Spencer is well-known for owning and operating several local successful eateries. He opened Spencer’s Bakery three years ago serving delicious baked goods and breakfast. Spencer expanded his operation on April 29 and is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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    CLASSIC BURGERS — The house specialty at Spencer’s Bakery is a “Spencer Burger” which is served with two four-ounce patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato and choice of dressing. The meal comes with an order of french fries and coleslaw. Owner Tom Spencer has expanded his operation on April 29 to serve three meals a day on a daily basis.
    His new venture specializes in classic food, classic music and classic service. The cozy atmosphere is decorated with red-and- white checkered tablecloths, vintage jukeboxes in the booths and Coca-Cola signs located throughout the dining area.
    “This is a place where friends come to meet friends,” Spencer said. “I have two women who come each morning at 7  and by 9 they’re still here. It’s a cozy atmosphere where people can enjoy a good conversation with a good friend.”
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    FRIENDLY SERVICE — Spencer Bakery cashier Nichole Kennedy is ready to take your order. She began working at the bakery on April 29 when it first began serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. Owner Tom Spencer has decorated his eatery in a 1950s and ‘60s motif with red-and-white checkered table cloths, Coca-Cola signs and old-time jukeboxes located at the booths.    
    Spencer wanted to give his establishment the look and feel of a 1950s diner. He installed the antique jukeboxes in the booths and plans to play classic music from the fifties, sixties and seventies. A customer provided him with some 45 records in his pursuit to provide the right sound and feel for his business.
    “I told her about my plans and she wanted to give some records for the jukebox,” Spencer said. “I thought she might give a small bag full of records, but it was more like 600. Most of them were in excellent condition too.”
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    CLASSIC TUNES — Spencer’s Bakery has a “classic theme” in his Dover-Foxcroft eatery. He is serving classic fare such as burger, fries and a Coke. He also has classic jukeboxes at each booth so his patrons can hear the best Top 40 hits from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.   
    While the décor and music make for a pleasant dining experience, the main attraction is still the delicious homecooked food at Spencer’s Bakery and Café located on 922 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft.
    Spencer is coupling a warm and welcoming atmosphere with delicious food served with healthy portions at affordable prices. He has already established a reputation for serving the largest breakfast sandwich in Piscataquis County. He serves a breakfast sandwich served on either a muffin, biscuit or croissant with a double serving of egg, cheese and meat.
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    BAKED TREATS — Tom Spencer has his baked goods on display at Spencer’s Bakery on 922 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. Spencer fills his display case each morning with freshly baked goods only to see it quickly empty. Customers anxious to start their day with a delicious doughnut or muffin and a morning coffee arrive early each morning to purchase the fresh and tasty treats.   
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    TOM THE BAKER — Tom Spencer displays his vast array of baked breads at his Spencer’s Bakery and Café. He has an assortment of wheat, white, oat and pumpernickel available at his café located at 922 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft.
    Spencer’s Bakery, famous for its breakfast, haddock chowder and three-quarter pound whoopie pies, will soon be well-known for another creation: the Spencer Burger. The house specialty is two four-ounce patties with cheese, lettuce, tomato and the customer’s choice of dressing. The meal also comes with french fries and coleslaw and choice of a Coca-Cola product.
    The menu also features a variety of fresh daily soups, lunch baskets, sandwiches. Spencer also has a selection of homemade side dishes which includes French fries, onion rings and cole slaw. Spencer wants to make the dining experience special his customers.
    “We are unique in what we offer and how we do things,” Spencer said. “We have an atmosphere that you won’t find in a 75-mile radius. This is one of the few places in the area that offers three meals a day and seven days a week.”
    For those who are in a hurry, Spencer’s is also ready to fill any take-out order. Hungry patrons can call 564-6911 to place their orders for a delicious burger, various chicken, clam and shrimp baskets or any other tasty creation on the menu.
    Besides classic food and music, Spencer’s Bakery and Café is also dedicated to classic service. The bakery has expanded to 12 employees dedicated to providing the best food and customer service possible. Nichole Kennedy has been working the counter since the operation expanded on April 29.
    “I really enjoy working here because of all the new people I meet each day,” Kennedy said. “The food is excellent. And I should know, I sample it every time I get a chance.”
    The café is open for breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. on Mondays through Saturday, and from 7  to 11 a.m., on Sundays. Lunch and dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week year-round.
    For Spencer, creating delicious food has been a life-long pursuit. He began baking as a 7-year-old learning from his mother. His first creation was a spice cake. Spencer moved on to baking biscuits, muffins and bread. He has over 50 years’ experience in preparing homemade delicious foods.
    Spencer is looking forward to meeting some old friends and making new ones. He wants his customers to experience the classic sights and sounds of an old-fashioned Maine diner. He offers many delicious home-cooked meals with some authentic New England fare such as seafood or lobster chowder.
    He also wants to match his passion for food with music. Spencer plans on hosting a regular talent competition in the fall. Spencer is hoping to renew some old acquaintances, make some new friends while having a Coke and a smile, and enjoying some really good homemade cooking.

Spencer’s Bakery & Cafe open seven days
a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
922 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft.
 Dine-in or takeout. Call 564-6911

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