Liar, liar, pants on fire—If you have a hot-off-the-press edition of Moon Coastal Maine or Moon Maine, and you’re up on MDI, you’re probably wondering if you can trust me. Honest, I had it right when I left last fall, but there have been quite a few changes over the winter. Here’s a brief overview:
SHOPS: Eclipse Gallery has downsized; Bark Harbor has moved closer downtown and downsized a bit, with another pet boutique replacing it as its old location. Aragone Gallery has moved to Main Street. Bar Harbor Brewing has moved to Mt. Desert Street, across from the Village Green, and offers tours and tastings most afternoons.
LIGHT FARE: Michelle’s Brown Bag also has moved a few doors closer to downtown on Main Street.
Not Quite the Corner Deli is no more. In it’s place is Downeast Deli, offering the usuals for lunch.
Café Milagro has expanded to the adjacent storefront, adding housemade gelato as well as sweet and savory crepes. I tried a scoop of the dark chocolate gelato: rich and creamy. I want to return for the smoked salmon crepes. The Spot Grill, which was next to Café Milagro has moved closer to The Criterion Theater, which is getting a new marquee any day now.
Morning Glory Bakery has sold and been remodeled. The new layout is greatly improved, and there’s indoor seating. Box lunches are no longer offered, but the menu has expanded to include quiches, soups, foccacia, small heat-and-eat pizzas and other goodies.
RESTAURANTS and BARS: The Thirsty Whale was torn down and rebuilt in the same location—looks exactly the same, but with that newish tinge. Still favored by locals for pub grub; nothing on the menu even approaches $10.
Carmen Veranda is under new ownership, but remains in same location
EPI will reopen soon–there are help-wanted signs in the window and there’s activity inside.
McKay’s Public House has a new head chef, Emily Damon, previously with Northeast Harbor’s 151 Main and House of M. NOTE: June 3 is a special Spring Wine Dinner for $75; reservations are essential.
LODGING: The Bar Harbor Hostel has a “for sale” sign in front of it.
Southwest Harbor/Northeast Harbor:
Maddy’s—the ultra-kid-friendly hot dog palace in Southwest—is gone; replaced by a not so kid-friendly bar.
Gilley’s Head of the Harbor—no, it’s not even in the book–was a rather lack-luster seafood joint hard on Route 102 just west of downtown Southwest Harbor, but with nice views over the harbor. Word from a trusted source is that the woman who’s been running Thurston’s Lobster, in Bernard, bought this and plans to make it a Southwest Harbor version of Thurston’s.
Little Notch Bakery is expanding and opening a location in Northeast Harbor.