Project Social bartender Jennifer Griffon chats with customers at the new eatery on the Village Green. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

New restaurants spice up downtown



BAR HARBOR — Several new restaurants have opened their doors in downtown Bar Harbor while others have moved across town or invested in improvements.

Pork Nation

Epi’s proprietors Mick Majka and Desiree Bousquet have opened a barbeque joint, Pork Nation, on Rodick Street, in the building that most recently housed Pat’s Pizza. Pat’s moved down to the former home of Amigo Del Diablo on Pleasant Street earlier this year.

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Mick Majka, co-owner and chef at the new Pork Nation barbeque restaurant on Rodick Street. Majka and Desiree Bousquet operate both Pork Nation and Epi’s. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

“We’ve been talking about doing this for years,” Majka said. “This space was perfect for us.”

Pork Nation features southern style BBQ “from scratch, slow-smoked, grilled and served with our signature BBQ sauce,” he said. There’s also fried chicken, hand-cut French fries, baked beans and biscuits. Pulled pork and brisket are available by the pound for large gatherings, and the back “library” room can seat 25 for private events.

The Blue Door

Over at 135 Cottage St., Bar Harbor native and veteran restaurateur Bobbie Lynn Hutchins has opened The Blue Door. She had Café Bluefish across the street for more than 20 years. A few menu items will be familiar to Bluefish fans, such as a lobster strudel.

“I’m glad to be back. Running a restaurant is part of who I am,” Hutchins said. The menu and décor at the new restaurant have a homey feel, like visiting a favorite aunt. Over the winter, she hosted a few benefit dinners for local nonprofits.

The “eclectic ethnic” fare at The Blue Door features unique sauces and spice mixtures. Learning to be a chef as a vegetarian taught her to focus on sauces, she said. The current menu includes Veracruzano fish or tofu, salmon in sherried mustard sauce and tofu or chicken in Filipino adobo.

“It’s so good you’d think it was more complicated,” Hutchins said of the adobo.

Project Social

International flavors also are featured at the new Project Social, a new place for cocktails, small plates and crepes. It’s located at 16 Mount Desert St., in the right half of what was most recently the Lazy Lobster. Chef Edan MacQuaid designed a Mediterranean-focused menu including pork belly, tuna tartare and roasted leg of lamb with tzatziki, a Greek cucumber-and-yogurt sauce.

The building is set to come down at the end of this season, Project Social owner Cody Gordon wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “That’s why we say it’s a project: the first year will be filled with building, rebuilding, arranging, rearranging and then doing it again, having lots of fun on the way.”

Gordon said he hopes the restaurant will provide a place for residents and seasonal employees to gather after work, with 20 seats at the bar and food available until at least 11 p.m.

Finback Alehouse

The Finback Alehouse on Cottage Street also opened this week. It hasn’t moved, but a major restoration included new cedar shingles and a roll-up front facade that opens the exterior to the outdoors.

Coffee Cup Diner

The Coffee Cup Diner has moved across town, from Main Street to 23 Cottage St., the former North Face store. Owner/chef Bill Hanscom is still at the grill. The establishment that offers classic diner fare is open for breakfast and lunch.

Send news of your new or expanded business to reporter Liz Graves at lgraves@mdislander.com.

 

 

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Liz Graves is managing editor of the Islander. She's a California native who came to Maine as a schooner sailor.lgraves@mdislander.com

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