By Shawn Russell, Staff Reporter
For those who have driven north on Route 27 into Carrabassett Valley in recent months, you may have noticed a new building on the right-hand side where the Carrabassett Inn used to be. This new building is The SugarBowl; a family entertainment center that offers a restaurant, bar, arcade, golf simulator and a bowling alley with eight lanes. Having opened its doors this past May, The SugarBowl has proved to be a favorite for locals and tourists alike.
“It’s my favorite job ever,” said Mackenzie Audet, a senior psychology major at UMF. Mackenzie works at The SugarBowl alongside his brother Cam, as well as his parents Kerry and Debbie, who own the facility. Even though The SugarBowl saw a very busy summer, the Audets know that things will only get busier when the snow starts to fly. “I feel like it’s going to be very busy during ski season, especially with families on vacation because we are one of the only family friendly places to go after skiing,” said Audet.
“Having raised two kids up here, I identified a need for more ‘family entertainment’ once the mountain closed,” said Kerry Audet, the owner of The SugarBowl. Audet is an alumnus of UMF having graduated in ’85 with a BA in Business Administration. Audet has many UMF students and alumni who work for him and many that come in often as customers and have become regulars.
“I have a number of current and former UMF students that frequent The SugarBowl and are great customers,” said Audet. “I have even had a few former professors come in from time to time for lunch and bowling.”
Audet expects to see more UMF students and alumni stopping in to see what’s in store as the ski season gets going. “We look forward to winter when more students will be traveling to Sugarloaf and may possibly stop by to check us out,” said Audet.
“Where else can you bowl, watch the Pats, and hit a couple of balls all under one roof?” said Andrew McCabe, a senior Outdoor Recreation Business Administration major at UMF. McCabe, who works as a snowboard instructor at Sugarloaf, first went to The SugarBowl in the fall to go bowling with some of his friends who live in the area. He plans to frequent the establishment during ski season. “I expect to spend many days enjoying some great après with my fellow beavers,” said McCabe.
Even though the entertainment aspects of The SugarBowl might be what most of the customers enjoy, the restaurant and food should not be overlooked. “We have a new chef this winter and he has brought in an exciting menu featuring tuna, steak tips, wings, pizzas, mussels, etc.” said Audet.
The SugarBowl’s Chef, Pablo Bevins, is known to be liked by UMF students as well. “His food delivers a fresh slice of liveliness to the valley through his ingredients,” said Matt Rolfson, a senior at UMF who lives in Kingfield and visits The SugarBowl on multiple occasions each week. “Options for everyone. Cooked by a chef who cares and you can taste it in the food,” said Rolfson.
For those who have questions or would like to know more about The SugarBowl, ‘like’ them on Facebook or reach them at (207) 235-3300.