Java Joe’s in downtown Bangor has changed its name to 98 Wake n’ Shake

Photo by Lisa Overlock

Photo by Lisa Overlock

Owners announced this week a name change for Java Joe’s, the longtime downtown Bangor coffee and sandwich shop located next door to BookMarc’s (which recently announced it’ll be closing for good Jan. 31).

Java Joe’s will now be known as 98 Wake n’ Shake, a reference to both the eatery’s address — 98 Central St. — and to the fact that the eatery offers coffee, breakfast and ice cream, alongside many other lunch items. A new street sign is up already.

“The wake is for the coffee, of course, and the shake is for the fact that we have all kinds of new stuff, including ice cream and milkshakes,” said Lisa Overlock, who bought the business in January 2016 with her niece, Regan. “A lot of people still thought we were just a coffee shop, and we’re not.”

Though 98 Wake n’ Shake does still serve coffee, Overlock has expanded the menu to include an array of Nathan’s Hot Dogs with specialty toppings, homemade chili and fresh salads. There’s also a large selection of Gifford’s Ice Cream.

Overlock said business has been picking up in recent months as downtown Bangor denizens realize the menu has changed.

“It’s getting better now. It took a while for people to get to know our changes,” she said. “We wanted to get away from the Java Joe’s thing. We wanted a fresh start.”

Emily Burnham

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Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer and editor for Bangor Metro Magazine, the Weekly and the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine. Albums for review are accepted digitally only; please no CDs.