BLUE HILL, Maine — Steven Mishkind says that Blue Hill needs more restaurants.
“There is very little ethnic food in the area,” said Mishkind, a former Floridian who works as an emergency room physician at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. “If you really want it, you have to go elsewhere.”
That’s why Mishkind was happy to see Siam Sky open at 8 Mill St. on June 1. The Thai restaurant is among five new or returning restaurants to open in Blue Hill this month.
The eateries represent a new crop of investors in Blue Hill except for Anneliese Riggall. She’s the manager and former owner of The Boatyard Grill at 13 East Blue Hill Road, which is reopening for the first time since the seasonal venue closed at the end of summer 2016.
“We missed it. I am a restaurant person through and through so I really missed connecting to the community on the Peninsula here,” Riggall said Friday. “I wasn’t sure we were going to reopen. It is great to be among company right now.”
The Blue Hill restaurant scene “went from almost nothing to bursting at the seams,” she added. “When we decided to reopen, I had no idea that so many other restaurants would be opening. Everybody is pretty unique, which is very nice.”
Several of the properties have been renovated, said John Warren, who owns the buildings that house The Thurston Co. and Siam Sky.