ELLSWORTH – The new Ellsworth take-out spot Wicked Munchies has become wicked popular.
According to owner Travis Healey, 36, a resident of Bar Harbor, Wicked Munchies has been consistently serving “400 to 500 meals” during recent weekends, from 10-inch pizzas to five different kinds of mac and cheese to gooey sandwich melts. The restaurant’s Facebook page has over 4,000 likes. The business is located at 151 High Street.
“I don’t think people know how busy we are,” Healey said. During the restaurant’s first three months of business, he was often cooking from opening to closing.
Dealing with a pandemic has been “ever-evolving.” Wicked Munchies opened March 19, one day after Governor Janet Mills ordered restaurants and bars to close to dine-in customers. The business adapted quickly, moving to take-out and online ordering, and it’s worked.
Healey revised the menu two days before opening. When pricing items, he considered the economic impact Mainers might feel from COVID-19. Everything on the menu, except for one item, is under $10 and everything is cooked-to-order.
Unlike other restaurants, Healey doesn’t see himself offering a dine-in option anytime soon. Instead, Wicked Munchies is shifting to 24/7 take-out service.
According to Healey, the demand for Wicked Munchies fare has been so high that staff began prepping for service at 3 and 4 a.m. But they were “still run[ning] out of things.” So, why not be open 24/7?
“We’re already here,” Healey joked.
In addition to homemade cakes and pies, the most popular selections among customers have been Wicked Munchies’ 10-inch pizzas and sandwich melts. Take note of their King’s Creation, a melt made with toasted Italian country bread, packed with slow roasted barbecued pork, pickles, slaw and cheddar cheese.
Healey has worked in the hospitality industry for 22 years. His first job was delivering sandwiches for a local deli in Charloveix, Mich., his hometown. He traveled to Florida, working at the popular Englewood restaurant Farlow’s On The Water, back to Michigan, and eventually to Maine. Before opening Wicked Munchies, he worked at Geddy’s in Bar Harbor, meeting friends and making connections.
Healey wants to become part of the Ellsworth dining scene without interfering with other local restaurants. When customers ask for larger-sized pizzas, Healey redirects them to local pizza shops Dragonfire Pizza or Finelli’s. He said he has plans to open up future restaurants in Ellsworth and hopes to sell his pizza in area stores.
“We’re gonna be in Ellsworth for a while,” Healey said.
For more information, visit wickedmunchies.pizza or call 412-0501.
Correction: An earlier version of this article contained an error. Healey previously worked at Geddy’s.