KITTERY POINT, Maine — Construction work continues by the Pepperrell Cove Group on four new businesses in the buildings that housed Frisbee’s Market and Cap’n Simeon’s restaurant, with the convenience store, Provisions, eying an early March opening.
Along with Provisions, the Pepperrell Cove Group will open two restaurants. Frisbee’s Wharf will open behind the Cap’n Simeon’s building on a crushed oyster shell patio, as a way of paying homage to the Frisbee family, whose local roots extend back to the 1700s. The other restaurant will be named Bistro 1828 in the Frisbee’s Market building. The View at Pepperrell Cove inside Cap’n Simeon’s building will be a two-floor function space for receptions and parties for approximately 140 guests.
The Pepperrell Cove Group includes AJ’s Wood Grill Pizza co-owners Henry and Eides Ares, local developer and former AJ’s owner Donna Ryan, retired York school teacher Ann Kendall and architect Carla Goodknight, founder of CJ Architects in Portsmouth. Their vision is to rehabilitate the Pepperrell Cove site as a maritime destination for both locals and tourists, according to Goodknight.
“It’s a beautiful spot,” she said. “It’s been an exciting journey and it really showcases all of the amazing views from the site. The project really allowed us to find some underlying pieces of the property long in need of correction and we’ve done that and made it safe so the property can be enjoyed for decades to come.”
Each member of the group will be responsible for the operation of one of the businesses. Kendall will run Provisions inside the former yacht club headquarters. She said the store features the old shelves from Frisbee’s Market and will offer all the basic necessities like milk, eggs, coffee and baked goods in the mornings along with wine and beer. It will also feature an ice cream window in the summer time.
“I want to sell everything you didn’t know you needed, and we’re trying our best to listen to suggestions of what to carry from residents who we hope will become our regular customers and not just dictate what we sell,” Kendall said. “It’s a tiny spot, but hopefully it serves a big purpose.”
Ryan will oversee Frisbee’s Wharf and said it will sell freshly caught seafood right off the on-site wharf in an outdoor restaurant that will be open May 15 through Oct. 15 each year. It will have two fire pits with lounge seating and have transient moorings for visitors who want to boat to the restaurant.
“We’re trying to bring as much history into the project as possible,” said Ryan, who wanted to honor the Frisbee family after they donated their pier to the town in 1955 and ran the market until 2011. “It will offer incredible panoramic views of one of southern Maine’s most beautiful coves.”
Eides Ares is in charge of The View at Pepperrell Cove, and said with a full kitchen, she will offer both onsite and offsite catering. She said The View is expected to open in March and will be available for rent for parties, wedding receptions and other functions.
“I’m very energetic and excited it’s finally happening,” said Eides Ares, whose restaurant experience includes being chef at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye and The Victory Restaurant in Portsmouth.
Henry Ares grew up in Kittery and got his start as a chef cooking in the kitchen of the old Cap’n Simeons, where he worked 18 years. He will be in charge of Bistro 1828 that will feature fine casual dining on the first floor with a third floor roof-deck bar that looks out over the cove. He said the bar will be called the Pepperrell Cove Ski Club in honor of Frank Frisbee’s water ski club in the 1950s and will showcase historical photos from the cove’s history.
“It’s nice to work for ourselves and now we can put our signature on this,” Henry said. “I started working here as sophomore in high school for my first job and I still see some of the kids who worked there during summers around town and they’re shocked to see what this is turning into.”
Follow the progress of construction at PepperrellCove.com or email info@PepperrellCove.com.