Just back from the island, and here’s what’s new and changed since my last update:
• Side Street Cafe, Rodick Street, Bar Harbor: Very promising. Serving breakfast, lunch, and as of this weekend, dinner (small plates), too. Plans to be open year round (we’ll see; heard that before). Very comfy space with avocado and tangerine walls, fireplace in dining room.
• Chow Maine, Clark Street, Southwest Harbor: Chiaolin and Ken Korona are back in the space adjacent to the Post Office. According to a sign on the door, they hope to open later this week to serve and sell Taiwan-born Chiaolin’s wonderful Asian foods along with selections from Pectic Seafood, home-baked goods, and “lots, lots, more.”
• Pizza place, Main St., Bar Harbor: Where the doll shop used to be, no sign and wasn’t open when I went by, but an acquaintance said it was pretty good ‘za. More details when I get them.
• Pier 1 Suites, Southwest Harbor: Don and Javier have renovated and redecorated each of these sweet accommodations (efficiency to two-bedroom) that hover over the harbor. Genuine cottage style that doesn’t try to hard. Each is cozy, private, with great views. Rent by the week in summer, three-night minimum, when available, spring and fall (and some good specials right now, too).
• Colonel’s Restaurant, Northeast Harbor, has rebuilt and looks quite nice. Still an enticing array of baked items in the front room with the dining room out back. New upstairs: luxury rental suites.
• The tea shop in Bar Harbor moved to Main Street.
• The Claremont, Southwest Harbor: Celebrating 125 years and looking pretty spiffy for a grande dame. Hearing good things about Xanthus, its restaurant (in the able hands of Chef Daniel S.), and the new restaurant bar looks both cozy and inviting.
• Presto’s, Southwest Harbor.
• Song of the Sea, Bar Harbor (that wonderful music store)
• The tavern/bar/hot dog emporium in Southwest, behind the hardware store is gone, replaced by an addition to the hardware store