MOUNT DESERT — “Northeast Harbor has had a struggle with restaurants over the years, but I think it’s time to make a comeback,” Katelyn Buell said of the village’s dining scene in general and her own new venture in particular.
The owner of the former Tasteful Tides restaurant at 102 Main St. plans to open the Fork & Table, which she describes as a “farm-to-table bistro,” in the same location.
A one-night “soft opening” is planned for April 9, with the formal opening scheduled for three weeks later. Buell plans to be open only on Fridays and Saturdays until mid-June, when she will go to six days a week.
The menu will depend largely on what is available at any given time, Buell said.
“I’m going to base my menus on what’s fresh and local and looks good. You won’t see a Sysco truck parked outside,” she said, referring to the international food distribution company.
“I feel that any chef could order things from across the world. But it really shows your talent by being creative in using what’s available locally.”
Buell said the eight-table Fork & Table will be a place for casual fine dining that also offers pub fare and comfort food that is “financially feasible for people.”
“I think it’s going to be a good mix,” she said. “We’ll have seafood, local steaks, braised meats and homemade pasta.”
Buell is a former head chef at McKay’s Public House in Bar Harbor and has worked at several restaurants in the Portland area.