Tidal Falls Restaurant Closed

HANCOCK — The Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) Board of Directors has voted unanimously to discontinue restaurant operations at Tidal Falls, saying the restaurant has operated at a loss for seven of the eight years it has been open.

The board said the waterside picnic tables will remain, as will the Monday Night Music, to which listeners are invited to bring a picnic basket.

Executive Director Tom Sidar said FBC currently manages seven preserves that it owns and 25 conservation easement properties. In addition, FBC has more than 10 active projects for preservation of land.

“Given the importance of this work, FBC could not justify directing our conservation dollars to run a restaurant at a loss,” Sidar said.

The spot is popular for watching the Reversing Falls and to observe seals, kingfishers, eagles and marine life.

Sidar said the conservancy is in the early stages of discussion with several conservation groups that are interested in partnering with the FBC to convert the restaurant space into a nature education outreach center.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]