This season, Lunt's Dockside Deli on Frenchboro is open seven days per week. Morning coffee is available whenever the "Espresso" flag is flying. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEAN LUNT

Lunt’s Dockside Deli under new management

FRENCHBORO — The iconic Lunt’s Dockside Deli on Lunt Harbor is open for its thirty-third consecutive summer, under new management.

The season brings “a revamped menu and expanded hours, but the same great atmosphere and famed island hospitality,” according to a press release.

Lunt’s, started by Dean Lunt and Tina Lunt in the summer of 1987, is being managed by John Roos, a former chef and the creative force behind RoosRoast Coffee, which includes Lobster Butter Love coffee.

Roos, who also owns and operates three coffee shop locations in Ann Arbor, Mich., owns property on Frenchboro and spends summers on the island.

“John has tremendous energy and great ideas,” said Dean Lunt, who helps manage the family wharf, which has sat on the harbor for more than six decades. “We think longtime visitors will love what he does and those who have not yet made the journey out to Frenchboro will add it to their must-try list.”

Roos is operating the deli seven days a week, as well as morning coffee whenever the “Espresso” flag is flying. He offers such traditional favorites as lobster rolls, pizza, ice cream sandwiches, and homemade pastries, but has also added some personal flair to his offerings, including Mission-style Roos Burritos, a daily special, plus grab-and-go food.

“I am excited to keep the deli tradition going and lucky to have a team of Frechboro locals to work with,” Roos said.

Since opening, the deli has been operated in the same location by various Lunt family members and others, becoming a popular stop for boaters and cruises, such as Island Cruises of Bass Harbor.

The island village of Frenchboro is located in Blue Hill Bay, roughly eight miles from Mount Desert Island. It is served by the Maine State Ferry services four days per week and offers a sheltered harbor to anchor or moor.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust owns a significant portion of island land away from the village and maintains a network of oceanside walking trails.

For more information on the deli, call 207-334-2902, email [email protected] or visit the Lunt’s Dockside Deli Facebook page.


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