Feb. 15, 2019 – The Maine Potato Board has announced that the wildly popular Caribou Russet potato will be used in two restaurants in Bangor starting with High School Basketball Tournament Week. Geaghan’s Pub & Craft Brewery will be using the Caribou Russet in a variety of potato-based dishes, and Hops House 99 inside Hollywood Casino will be using the Caribou for hand-cut fries. Both restaurants are located across the street from the Cross Insurance Center, which also serves the Caribou Russet at its own concession stands.
“The popularity of the Caribou Russet has been strong with the retail consumer,” said Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board. “It’s flavorful and is great for everything from baking to mashing to frying. We are excited to be partnering with Geaghan’s and Hops House 99 to bring this potato to restaurant customers.”
Geaghan’s Pub and Brewery plans to use the Caribou Russet in potato-based dishes like Irish Nachos, mashed potatoes, Shepherds Pie, and potato-based stews. Hops House 99 will use the potatoes for its hand-cut fries, which accompany the variety of burgers and sandwiches on the menu. Both restaurants plan to continue using the Caribou Russet until the supply runs out, which should be around mid-Spring.
“Because this is a relatively new variety with high demand, the supply eventually runs out for the season,” said Flannery. “Growers are planning for next season and more acreage is being devoted to it going forward. It’s a tremendously popular potato and our growers are working hard to meet the consumer demands every year.”
“We are excited to be able to share the experience with our guests, especially those that will be visiting during the tournaments,” said Peter Geaghan, co-owner of Geaghan’s Pub & Brewery. “We have always felt it was important to serve Maine potatoes at our pub; however to serve a potato that was developed right here, at the University of Maine is something really special.”
The Caribou Russet hit store shelves with limited supply in 2016. A year later, Hannaford stores began stocking the new variety in its produce sections throughout Maine. This year, more Hannaford stores are carrying the Caribou Russet, as well as Stop & Shop stores, making it widely available throughout New England.