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Vibrant food and cultural center in former Brunswick, Maine, fort

Frontier cafe offers a ringside seat to the Androscoggin River as it rolls over the dam at Brunswick.


Frontier cafe offers a ringside seat to the Androscoggin River as it rolls over the dam at Brunswick.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine — It took several years for nearly empty Fort Andross, also known as the Cabot Mill, to evolve into the repurposed, vibrant space it is now. The former trading post, pre-Revolutionary War fort, and textile mill in this college town houses an impressive collection of enterprises. You’ll find a 16,000-square-foot antiques emporium and a separate, equally sprawling flea market; yoga and dance studios; Maine’s largest winter farmer’s market (open Saturday mornings through April and usually featuring live music); two restaurants; an independent cinema and gallery; a smattering of businesses and nonprofits; and a radio station. Many spaces have huge, light-infused windows overlooking the Androscoggin River as it rushes across the dam, an impressive sight in early spring. Frontier (closed Mondays) is an expansive food and entertainment venue with exhibit space, bar, cinema, and cafe, its menu emphasizing local products in homemade soups, salads, falafel, mussels, and burgers. Catch indie films, musicians, and speakers in its 85-seat theater, where you can bring in the cafe’s food and drink. Cabot Mill Antiques displays the goods of more than 100 dealers on one floor.

FRONTIER 14 Maine St., Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-5222,

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