New Hancock restaurant to focus on the personal touch


Mike Poirier, the chef, and Alice Letcher, the baker, plan to open Salt Box in Hancock in early May.

HANCOCK — The owners of the soon-to-be-open Salt Box restaurant add their own touch to everything from chocolate chip cookies to a smoky pulled pork sandwich with beet fennel slaw.

Mike Poirier, the chef, and Alice Letcher, the baker, plan to open their eatery by early May, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner five days a week and brunch on Sundays.

The Salt Box is located in the log cabin complex on Route 1 owned by No Frills Oil Co.

The new space bears little resemblance to the former Mexican restaurant and diner operated recently by other restaurateurs.

Employing sweat equity, Poirier, 35, and Letcher, 31, removed the booths to create an open and minimalist space; replaced the tiled floor with wood; installed new lighting and completely revamped and streamlined the kitchen.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

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Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine
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