SOUTHWEST HARBOR — After more than a decade of success at Sips restaurant on Clark Point Road, owner Jennifer Worcester has opened Sips 2.0 across the street.
Strictly a to-go style shop, the smaller Sips is located next to the post office and offers pre-made meals, wraps and quesadillas, among other grab-n-go items.
“I really tried to focus on things that aren’t here in town,” said Worcester from the new shop on Tuesday. “I didn’t want to interfere with businesses going on, I wanted to add to them.”
Only a week after opening, there was a steady stream of people coming to check out the simple menu of custom-made wraps, grab a snack during the lunch hour and pick up items for dinner.
“I’m really focused on lunch for all the workers in town,” said Worcester, adding that the shop does catering orders for businesses. “I’m hoping to increase the activity and interest on this side of town.”
It is the third downtown business for Worcester and her husband, Scott, who owns and operates Sawyer’s Specialties on Main Street.
Open six days a week, folks can grab food at Sips 2.0 Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those hours are expected to expand for the summer season.
While both Worcesters were in the shop on Tuesday, Amy Farley has been hired to operate the Sips offshoot. A long-time employee of Sawyer’s Market, Farley is focused on bringing as many food options as possible to the smaller location. Gluten-free pasta, vegetarian meals and other alternative options can be found in the freezers or on the shelves of the shop.
“We’re thrilled to have her back as part of the family,” said Jennifer Worcester. “She’s a great asset.”