Well the ink is barely dry on the new edition of Moon Coastal Maine, and already I have updates for you. I’m also tossing in an Aroostook tidbit. We’ll keep this brief and to the point:
The Lost Kitchen has closed, but Erin French isn’t gone. She’s purchased a 1965 Airstream and converted it to a moveable food truck. Website coming soon, and I’ll add it when it’s live.
Replacing it is The Gothic, owned by local-boy-made-good Matthew Kenney. Kenney had a string of restaurants back in the 1990s and was poised to open in another location on Route 1 in Searsport, when the bottom crashed out of his empire. He’s back, kind of: Chef de Cuisine Jason Paul is in the kitchen.
Guildive Cruises is taking a sabbatical this summer. Instead of offering cruises from Castine, it’s sailing the Canadian Maritimes.
The Waco Diner is back (actually reopened late last year) and both the Pickled Herring and The Chadbourne House B&B have closed.
Madawaska (definitely not the coast, but this is big news for the St. John Valley):
New upscale hotel, Inn of Acadia, is open in downtown Madawaska. I’m planning on being up that way later this summer and will report more after I’ve seen it. It looks lovely, though, and is a welcome addition to the meager accommodations available in the area. Nice timing, too. Allows about a year to work out any kinks before the 2014 World Acadian Congress convenes in the valley.