Maria Chase behind the counter at Morning Glory Bakery. She bought the business in 2013, and this week announced a decision to close up shop. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Bakery closes for good



BAR HARBOR — Morning Glory Bakery won’t be opening again, owner Maria Chase announced this week.

Last winter, the bakery’s lease of the 39 Rodick Street storefront ended and the building was sold in January to Royal Spice, LLC for $500,000, according to the Hancock County Registry of Deeds.

The bakery’s equipment was moved into storage. At the time, Chase told the Islander she hoped to move the business to a different location somewhere in downtown Bar Harbor.

Earlier this week, she announced a new decision.

“For many of us, winter on MDI has often meant a mix of hibernation and travel in the hopes of rest and then clarity,” Chase wrote in a letter to the Islander this week. “Clarity is leading me to make this difficult decision to let the bakery go.”

A rendering of the sign for the new restaurant at 39 Rodick Street, Royal Indian. TOWN OF BAR HARBOR IMAGE

A new restaurant in the building is set to open April 25. It will be called Royal Indian, according to plans approved by the Design Review Board.

Morning Glory Bakery had been at 39 Rodick Street for more than 20 years. Original owners Anna Durand and Ralph McDonnell moved the business to Rodick Street from Cottage Street in 1997, according to a website for the couple’s current business, Acacia House Inn.

The bakery continued at that location, under two different owners, since 2008.

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
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