How’s this for brand leverage? Tourists still flock by the thousands to shop catalog giant L.L. Bean’s flagship retail store in Freeport, ME. Now Linda Bean, an experienced restaurant operator and entrepreneur deluxe, has opened Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern directly across the street from her grandfather’s iconic store. The 70-year-old Bean, who has served on the board of the L.L. Bean Company for the past 44 years, possesses a strong entrepreneurial streak. She has ...

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