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Perkins Cove Kitchen opens in Ogunquit, Maine

OGUNQUIT, Maine — A new restaurant on the quieter stretch of Shore Road is open and ready for the summer. It offers a brunch and dinner menu prepared and served by staff led by a chef with decades of experience.

Perkins Cove Kitchen opened in March at 312 Shore Road. While the restaurant started out serving brunch only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, eventually moving to Thursdays, it is now open seven days a week and serves brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It also serves dinner Thursday through Sunday, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. p.m

“We do filets, we do seafood,” says Norm Hebert, chef and general manager of the restaurant. “We’re going to make some pizzas, but we don’t want to be just another pizza shop. There are plenty of great pizzerias in Ogunquit. We want to focus on proteins and a lot of things that come from the wood-fired oven.”

The restaurant is located in the Inn at Perkins Cove, or the former Hartwell House Inn, and serves meals to guests staying on site and patrons who simply want to dine there. The Inn at Perkins Cove and restaurant are owned by OGT Inns, a network of properties where visitors can vacation and enjoy the downtown area and beaches.

What’s on the menu at Perkins Cove Kitchen?

Currently, the restaurant is focused on offering variations on eggs benedict and other breakfast classics, such as crème brûlée French toast, for brunch.

And of course, the corned beef that Hebert has been known for for twenty years is also on the menu.

“That has become a staple,” Hebert said.

For dinner, Perkins Cove Kitchen is so far offering cod, crab cakes, scallops, mussels with pistachio butter and more, Hebert said.

The restaurant uses ingredients from “the seas, coasts and farms of Maine,” according to its website. Drinks are “inspired by the unique mix of our locals, fishermen, artists and tourists.”

“Life is too short for boring food,” the restaurant says on its website.

Hebert added that the interior of the restaurant has been renovated, giving it a new look from what it looked like before. He said Perkins Cove Kitchen’s location is ideal for those who want an alternative to the busy activities of other restaurants and shops found at each end of Shore Road.

“Many people want peace and quiet,” he says.

Chef brings decades of experience to Perkins Cove Kitchen

In addition to serving as the restaurant’s general manager, Hebert is also a chef. He brings decades of experience in both the culinary arts and education, the latter of which will be useful in training his staff in both services. and food preparation.

Hebert was born and raised in Massachusetts and graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. He would also teach culinary arts in school. Since moving to Maine in 1995, he has owned and operated other restaurants, including the former Bintliff’s on Route 1, and has taught at York County Community College in Wells.

Opening Perkins Cove Kitchen has been a great experience, especially after the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing labor shortages, Hebert said.

“It’s very humbling that we were able to recruit and open another restaurant,” he said. “Try it. I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it.”

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