Sabattus Disc Golf courses make national ranking; Auburn restaurant mystery

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Jun. 3—This week the Buzz is unpacking, getting in some exercise and wondering which new restaurant is coming to Auburn.

First up: Golf-tastic news.

Sabattus Disc Golf has three of the Top 5 disc golf courses in Maine for 2021 as judged by users of UDisc, an app that tracks over 10,000 courses worldwide.

This was the first year the app came out with a top 5 for each state.

Andrew Streeter, the Sabattus Disc Golf pro shop's pro, said he was pretty pumped when he saw the rankings, which came out last week.

"Maine has incredible courses and we figured for sure one, if not two, but all three is really special," Streeter said. "There was an article two years ago that came out that named the Lewiston/Auburn area the No. 1 place in the United States to come play disc golf. Maine crushes in the disc golf world."

He's seen an explosion of interest in the last year with beginning players as young as 3.

"We have three separate courses that we can send people out on, so we can usually split them up pretty well and we are also building a championship-level course as well," Streeter said.

They hope to finish the latter in 2022.

Ruby Tuesday's may have closed at 649 Turner St. in March 2020 citing the financial strain of the pandemic, but for the first six months of this year, it has been a rumor buffet.

Eric Cousens, Auburn's director of planning and permitting, said the city has heard about one Maine company and one national chain expressing interest and expects some movement in the next few months.

One of the rumors involves never-ending soup, salad and breadsticks, and a reply from an Olive Garden spokeswoman left some wiggle room:

"Unfortunately, we don't have too much to share at the moment. As we continue to grow, our real estate teams are constantly looking for sites across the country. However, we cannot confirm any specific plans until a project has received the necessary approvals."

So, we wait.

Down the road, Topham's empty Ruby Tuesday's building just got a new tenant, according to Mainebiz: The 6,155-square-foot space was leased by Highbrow, which has a chain of marijuana retail shops in Maine and was approved over the winter for a cannabis cultivation facility in Lewiston.

The Boulos Company had three new local leases in its May transaction report:

— Pike Industries leased 3,200 square feet of office space at 48 Commercial St. in Lewiston from MRE: "Pike Industries is the largest asphalt and aggregate producer in New England and currently operates over 40 asphalt plants and 20 crushing facilities throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine."

— MVPT Physical Therapy leased 4,000 square feet at 583 Lisbon St. in Lisbon from Gendron Realty: "MVPT provides quality physical therapy, industrial rehabilitation, specialized pediatric physical therapy and aquatic physical therapy."

— Dagle Electrical Construction Corp. leased 6,240 square feet of industrial space at 145 River Road in Lewiston from 1875 Lisbon Road: "The tenant, an electrical contractor, will use this building for office/warehouse space."

According to HireAHelper.com, Maine has the second-lowest moving costs in the country.

The average cost to hire someone to help with a move here was $339.

The cheapest was Arizona at $338 and most expensive Wisconsin at $487.

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