BERNIE'S AND ESIDORE'S:
TWO RESTAURANTS IN ONE LOCATION
The location of Bernie’s and Esidore’s is a melding of space, culinary flavors and history. As many have come to expect through the years, early in the day, Bernie’s provides proven hearty breakfasts and lunches rugged enough to get you through your workday or give you the energy for a day of touring and adventure. As the day winds down and evening hours approach, a new staff of friends and talent enter the space to provide a lighter fare of tastes from around the world.
Esidore’s @ Night imparts an exceptional experience of culinary exploration. Dishes originate from our own Maine roots and expand to include Asian, Indian, Mexican and British flavors. Coming from near or far, you may find the unexpected, but you won’t go home hungry!
WHY "BERNIE'S" AND "ESIDORE'S"?
Esidore Shapiro was the patriarch of a family that immigrated to Maine from Russia just after the turn of the last century. A man of integrity and tradition, Esidore believed in the value of hard work and family. Bernie was the eldest of Esidore’s three children; who, as many locals remember, was the friendly owner of Union Oil Company, and the grandfather of the current restaurant’s proprietor, Adam Shapiro.
Esidore's daughter was the grandmother of Chef J Harris, the innovator behind Esidore’s @Night. After many years owning and operating two successful restaurants in Colorado, Chef J returned to Maine to collaborate with his cousin Adam to bring you the unique culinary experience you are here to savor. Whether you are here to eat at Bernie’s during the day or Esidore’s at night, you will encounter cuisine that is sincerely American in nature, rooted in family, with a true melting pot of flavors and world wide influences. Enjoy!
The above photo is of Esidore on the left and his son Bernie on the right.
Food is life. What we put in is what we get out.
Over twenty years of cooking in restaurants around the county and travels and cooking classes in Vietnam and Mexico, Chef J draws on a lifetime of experiences and the phrase "Can I eat it?"
Having previously owned and sold two successful restaurants in Colorado, Chef J returns to his home state of Maine to partner with his cousin Adam to create Esidore's.