Seasonal shuffle is on for downtown Bar Harbor businesses



A second-floor deck has been added at Bar Harbor Beerworks, formerly Rupununi. It’s one of many changes on the downtown Bar Harbor business scene this summer.

BAR HARBOR — Restaurants have moved, new shops have sprung up, and some stand-bys have closed in downtown’s annual business shuffle.

One of the more visible changes in town is at the corner of Main Street and Firefly Lane where longstanding restaurant Rupununi has morphed into Bar Harbor Beerworks. New owners Jeremy, Kristi and Robert Bond added a second-floor deck over their outdoor patio this spring, and by the looks of things, the addition has been a big hit with patrons. The trio also own the Fish House Grill, Cherrystones, The Log Cabin, Carmen Verandah and the new One Off Pub, formerly Joe’s Smoke Shop.

Popular downtown restaurant Mache Bistro has moved this year from a small space on Cottage Street to a new location on lower Main Street. Mache takes over the space that for the past several years housed Eden Vegetarian Restaurant, which is now closed.

In the wake of Eden’s closing, the Looking Glass Restaurant, off Eden Street, is offering a full vegan menu in addition to its traditional fare.

Also on lower Main Street, Havana owner Michael Boland has opened Parrilla, an outdoor Argentinean-style grill offering more casual fare. The former Macy’s clothing boutique closed and is replaced by Choco-Latte, serving gourmet chocolate, organic coffee, coffee drinks and hot chocolate. Boland is also involved in that project.

Next to Choco-Latte, in the former Island Card shop, Cindy Bridges and Drew Smith are working on opening Peekytoe Provisions, a gourmet food shop.

Further down Main Street, in the heart of downtown, Downeast Deli owner Robin Wright has opened the Pink Pastry Shop.

Down by Agamont Park, The Grasshopper Shop has opened its first Bar Harbor branch in a storefront space between Jack’s Jewelry and Patrick’s By-the-Sea.

In Town Hill, the owners of the Town Hill Bistro have shut down their popular eatery and reopened next door with The Food Shack. The spot offers an eclectic selection of gourmet foodstuffs, meals and catered items to go. The former Town Hill Bistro is now home to the massage therapy practice of Heather Evans. Also new to the area is the Town Hill Bakery.

The Saigon Corner Café is another entrant into the downtown food scene. The restaurant takes over the space on the corner of Eden and Cottage streets downtown that was formerly occupied by Queen Anne’s Flower Shop. It offers Vietnamese sandwiches, coffee drinks and other items. Queen Anne’s is now operating on Mount Desert Street in a shared space with Evergreen Pottery.

Also on Mount Desert Street, in the shops beneath Cherrystones restaurant, new businesses include Anne Woodman Jewelry Designs and, for the second year, Bar Harbor Popcorn.

Other changes on the retail front have seen The Man Store on Main Street replaced by This Active Life and the installation of The Happy Crab on West Street, selling Maine-made gifts, toys and clothing.

Maine Gifts By-the-Sea is another retail entrant, with shops on West and Main streets.

The building on Cottage Street that most recently housed the now-defunct Bar Harbor Times is now home to Salon NaturElles, a hair salon and spa offering organic and natural products and holistic health services.

Finally, artist Gaia V. DeBoer has opened House 114 on Albert Meadow. The eclectic shop sells DeBoer’s colorful artwork, baby and girl’s clothing, and fanciful gifts.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]