The plan was to officially open for business the first week of this month, and that's just what they did
The new Riverside Grill, which has an old-school nostalgic look and feel, welcomed its first cruise-in diner patrons Wednesday morning.
According to a post on their Facebook Page, the opening went very well.
"Thank you everyone for your patience and patronage... I want to thank everyone for their patience!!! We put out about 300 meals in a short time and some things went wrong, but I guess that is to be expected. None the less our crew did a great job all things considered. Thank you again for your patience and patronage. Don't forget it's a cruise-in so bring your old car. "
And if the comment section is any indication of what kind of response they had at Riverside on their first days open, it would seem folks are digging what the grill has to offer.
One person said "The food was great and the place looks awesome! Wishing you a fabulous season!"
Another wrote "The wait was definitely worth it, and to be expected on your grand opening. Our food was delicious!!! We will for sure be back."
And a third commented "The food was great! The service was friendly! And the kinks will work out over time. It was busy and yet everyone stayed focused. Congratulations BONUS: there were some great cars as well!"
The Riverside Grill is open 7 days a week from 11 AM to 8 PM and will be hosting classic car cruise-ins on Wednesday evenings till the end of their season, which will be Halloween.
The Best Restaurants in Downeast Maine for Lobster
So when your hungry out-of-state relatives or friends come to our great state, where do you take them for a mouth-watering lobster dinner?
The answer to that often asked question will be top of mind for a lot of Mainers this season, as thousands of tourists, relatives, and friends drive hundreds if not thousands of miles to take in the sights and eat what our state is most famous for, lobster.
Whether it's a lobster salad, in a hot dog roll, a broiled tail, thrown into a pot of boiling sea water, or god forbid, made into a lobster poutine, people near and far crave it, and as soon as they make it into this neck of the woods it'll be what they have for dinner that night.
While each of us already have a few favorite snack bars, take-outs, and restaurants in mind, it would be wrong of this author to pass along those personal suggestions. So, we're going to rely on the reviews of TripAdvisor to point our visitors in the right directions. We've focused on the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island area, and here is what we found as we count our way up to the #1 most recommended place for lobster Downeast.