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Just back from the island, and here’s what’s new and changed since my last update:

NEW:

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.

CHANGED:

IMG_0989Pier 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.

LOOKING GOOD:

IMG_0942The 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.

CLOSED:

• 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