PORTLAND — Two men including an employee have been arrested for a fire that seriously damaged the historic Pal’s Shanty Tavern and restaurant on Northeast Sandy Boulevard.
Investigators believe that the blaze was set to cover up a burglary. One of the suspects was burned. Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion and sparks from a window on the second floor early on the morning of November 15th.
Marcus Tyler, who worked there for five years, and Michael Duncan are charged with burglary, arson, and criminal mischief. They’re set to face trial in February.
“It was a joint effort and it feels good to know we were able to work together and help to bring the owners of Pal’s Shanty some closure,” said said Portland Fire’s Ron Rouse.
Hercules Construction of Portland is tasked with remodeling the building. The owner plans to re-open in six to eight months.
The restaurant dates back to the 1920’s and is known for buckets of steamer clams, oyster club sandwiches and favorable drink prices.