Perkins Cove Kitchen opens in Ogunquit, Maine

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

Perkins Cove Kitchen opened in March at 312 Shore Road. While the restaurant initially served brunch only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and later added Thursdays, it is now open seven days a week and serves brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also serves dinner Thursdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We do filets, we do seafood,” said Norm Hebert, the restaurant's executive chef and general manager. “We do some pizzas, but we don't want to be just a pizza place. There are a lot of great pizza places in Ogunquit. We want to focus on proteins and a lot of wood-fired stuff.”

Located in the Inn at Perkins Cove, formerly the Hartwell House Inn, the restaurant serves meals to both guests staying on-site and regulars who simply want to eat there. The Inn at Perkins Cove and restaurant are owned by OGT Inns, a network of lodging establishments where visitors can vacation and enjoy the downtown area and beaches.

What's on the menu at Perkins Cove Kitchen?

Currently, the restaurant focuses on offering variations of Eggs Benedict and other breakfast classics such as French toast with crème brûlée for brunch.

And of course the corned beef hash that Hebert has been known for for 20 years is also on the menu.

“It has become a staple food,” Hebert said.

For dinner, Perkins Cove Kitchen currently offers cod, crab cakes, scallops, mussels with pistachio butter and more, according to Hebert.

The restaurant uses ingredients from “Maine's seas, shores and farms,” ​​its website says. The drinks are “inspired by the unique blend of our locals, fishermen, artists and tourists.”

“Life is too short for boring food,” says the restaurant’s website.

Hebert added that the interior of the restaurant has been renovated and now has a new look. He said Perkins Cove Kitchen's location is ideal for anyone looking for an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the other restaurants and shops located at either end of Shore Road.

“Many people want peace,” he said.

Chef brings decades of experience to Perkins Cove Kitchen

In addition to being the restaurant's general manager, Hebert is also the head chef, bringing to the position decades of experience in both culinary arts and education, the latter of which helps him train his staff in service and food preparation.

Hebert was born and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, where he also taught culinary arts. Since moving to Maine in 1995, he has owned and operated other restaurants, including the former Bintliff's on Route 1, and 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 a great honor that we were able to attract and open another restaurant,” he said. “Try it. I'm pretty sure you'll like it.”

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