The restaurant at 51 Rodick Street, most recently known as Bar Har-B-Q, is set to close its doors. Side Street Café owners Jeff and Jena Young plan to move Thrive Juice Bar into part of the building and use the rest for a new Side Street Lounge. ISLANDER PHOTO BY BECKY PRITCHARD

Big changes afoot for Rodick Street businesses



BAR HARBOR — Businesses on the west side of Rodick Street here are preparing for changes in the new year. A bakery is looking for a new home, a restaurant is closing, another restaurant and a juice bar are expanding. A hair salon is staying where it is, but with the building under new ownership.

Morning Glory Bakery, which has been at 39 Rodick Street for more 20 years, is set to move when its current lease expires.

Anna Durand and Ralph McDonnell, who founded Morning Glory, moved the business to Rodick Street in 1997, according to a website about the couple’s current business, Acacia House Inn.

In 2008, they sold the business but retained the building for a few more years. Current bakery owner Maria Chase bought the business in 2013. According to documents available on the Hancock County Registry of Deeds, Chase has been leasing space from the building owner, 39 Rodick Street, LLC.

Chase is now looking for a new location for the bakery because 39 Rodick Street is to be sold. The property is currently under contract, according to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group.

“We don’t know [where we’re moving] yet,” Chase told the Islander in December. “We’ve been so lucky to have a lot of different options. But we hope to be in a new space in April, and be up and running by May.”

She said the bakery closes for a brief winter break every year after the Christmas rush is over. This year the closure will last longer, as they settle into a location yet to be determined.

Chase said wherever they end up, it will be in Bar Harbor.

“It wouldn’t be Morning Glory” otherwise, she said.

Next door, 41 Rodick Street has just sold to Innfinnity LLC of Hampden. According to public lease documents, however, the tenants of the building will stay the same, including Roberto Hostins Salon, which rents the storefront.

The restaurant at 51 Rodick Street, most recently known as Bar Har-B-Q, is set to close its doors. Co-owners Desiree Bousquet and Mick Majka opened the barbeque spot in 2016, calling it Pork Nation.

Bousquet and Majka, who also own the longstanding year-round Epi’s Pizza on Cottage Street, decided to close the restaurant and lease the space, according to Bousquet.

Two neighboring businesses owned by Jena and Jeff Young will be expanding into the old Bar Har-B-Q location.

Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen will be moving two doors up to 51 Rodick Street, which Jena Young said is a larger location.

“We’re excited about that because Thrive will have a proper kitchen and seating space: all of the things it’s lacking in the current building,” Jena Young told the Islander.

Thrive will take up the left side of the building, where the restaurant bar used to be.

“The other side of the building will be a Side Street Lounge,” she said, referring to the year-round Side Street Café, which the Youngs also own and operate next door at 49 Rodick Street.

“It will be a good move for Thrive, and a better experience for Side Street customers too,” Young said.

Thrive’s current building will be leased to another business, she said, yet to be determined.

Becky Pritchard
Becky Pritchard covers the town of Bar Harbor, where she lives with her family and intrepid news-dog Joe-Joe. She worked six seasons as a park ranger in Acadia, and still enjoys spending her spare time there.
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