BAR HARBOR, Maine —- Make that 15.
A lease has been signed and, if some minor aesthetic changes can be made within the next several days, the 15th Pat’s Pizza restaurant is expected to open in the downtown village, possibly at the beginning of next week.
Tim McCarthy, operations manager for Pat’s in Ellsworth, said Monday that the new location is expected to open in the former Miguel’s space on Rodick Street. He said the restaurant interior is getting a new coat of paint but that few other physical changes are expected. The menu and prices will be identical to those at the Ellsworth restaurant, he said.
“I’m shooting for [opening] next Monday,” McCarthy said. “If it’s not the 18th, it will be really darn close to it.”
McCarthy said the Bar Harbor Pat’s will be owned and operated by Gerry Nasberg, owner of the Ellsworth franchise location. He said Nasberg has been considering a Bar Harbor location for years, mainly at the urging of Mount Desert Island residents who frequent the Ellsworth restaurant. The roads are too congested in the summer and the weather too poor in the winter for the MDI customers to make as many trips to Ellsworth as they would like, McCarthy said.
“We get a lot of people from Bar Harbor here,” he said.
McCarthy said he looked at a Bar Harbor storefront for a possible takeout location, but then found that the Miguel’s space would be available. He said the plan is to be open year-round in Bar Harbor and to serve mostly a local clientele, but added that tourists and day-trippers to Bar Harbor also will be welcome to stop in for a meal.
The Bar Harbor location has 120 seats inside and 30 seasonal seats on its patio out front. McCarthy said. He said he expects between 15 and 20 people will work at the Bar Harbor location, though some may shift back and forth between MDI and Ellsworth.
In addition to the original Pat’s location in Orono, there are locations in Auburn, Augusta, Bethel, Hampden, Lincoln, Newport, North Windham, Portland, Presque Isle, Sanford, Scarborough and Yarmouth, according to information posted on the Pat’s website.
As for the Bar Harbor Miguel’s, owner Michael Boland said Monday in an email that he and his family have decided to focus on his other three Bar Harbor restaurants — Rupununi, Havana, and Guinness & Porcelli’s. Last year, Boland opened a second Havana location, called Havana South, in Portland. He said he bought the building in 2007 and ran Miguel’s seasonally for five years.
“We enjoyed it and are proud of the quality of food and service we provided,” he said.
The Bangor Miguel’s, which opened on Hogan Road in the fall of 2007, will continue to operate as usual despite the closure of its Bar Harbor predecessor, Boland said. Boland was a partner in the Bangor location but has since sold his ownership stake, he indicated.