Remember Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse in New England?


Did you really grow up in the Northeast if you weren’t afraid of a talking Christmas tree that suddenly came to life just inches from you?

It wouldn’t be an abnormal occurrence if you visited Bugaboo Creek.

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What is Bugaboo Creek?

Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse opened its first restaurant in Rhode Island in 1993, according to FSR Magazine. It was a restaurant chain that operated in several northeastern states, including New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.

Does Bugaboo Creek still exist?

According The Register of Patriotsthe company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2010, and many of its restaurants closed during that time.

Whereas FRS magazine highlighted a revival in 2012 with new ownership and around 13 restaurants remaining, it wasn’t until a few years later in 2016 that Bugaboo Creek was no more.

Nashua, New Hampshire, was one of the last two restaurants to open before Bugaboo Creek was permanently closed, MaineBiz featured in a 2016 article.

What makes Bugaboo Creek so special?

At first glance, Bugaboo Creek might have looked like your typical everyday steakhouse, which was also Canadian-themed. But on the inside? Well, that could speak for itself…literally.

Scattered throughout the restaurant were a variety of animatronic animals that came to life in different ways. There was Bill the Buffalo…

….Moxie the moose…

…and other creatures, including a fish flapping on the wall and furry woodland creatures peeking in and out of barrels.

Then, of course, there was Timber, the lighted Christmas tree, which told interesting facts about nature in Canada. The Timber in this video has a bit of a wobbly eye, but let’s be honest, he was a bit scary regardless.

The whole shebang was an entertaining sight for kids and adults alike, and growing up in this restaurant was always a fun experience to look forward to. It was really heartbreaking.

And can we talk about the soft, warm bread that the waiters would bring to your table for you to enjoy while waiting for your meal? It was just heavenly.

Bugaboo Creek even had its own special birthday song for guests, as many restaurants do, but this one involved kissing a stuffed moose.

For more retro Bugaboo Creek videos watch this YouTube Playlist.

And speaking of restaurants, remember those great Maine dining experiences of the 80s and 90s?

Remember those dining experiences in Maine of the 80s and 90s?

It’s always fun to look back and remember some of the wonderful experiences we’ve had in the past. And, if you’re like me, you love remembering food and good meals.

Here is a list of 20 great restaurants and dining experiences that many Mainers probably shared with me in the 1980s and 1990s.

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