Posted July 30, 2020
Working with Superette Studio, a 100% woman-owned design firm from Boston, MA Lauren and Greg Soutiea have taken on the massive task of rebranding the “Craignair Inn and Restaurant” to a new and exciting Craignair Inn by the Sea along with the Causeway Restaurant and Clark Bar. A newly remodeled version of the former restaurant which now offers a sit-down bar and walk up window for guests who would prefer to have beverages or snacks outside on the deck or picnic table seated with some of Maine’s best ocean views.
Superette Studio partners Haley Mistler and Sonja Haviland have invested their resources to help Lauren and Greg reimagine the restaurant to offer a new and exciting dining experience for guests. Their design work aims to: “honor the past, using as much local inspiration as possible from the history of the Clark Island Quarry (for which the Causeway was built), and to create a casual but elevated look that speaks to both local diners as well as appeal to travelers, crowds and groups - including those looking for an event venue”
The Causeway Restaurant will have 48 seats plus the addition of a new 6 seat custom crafted sit-down bar featuring ocean views. The restaurant will continue to maintain its environmentally friendly and sustainable focus by offering only homemade dishes while sourcing the best local ingredients. The Causeway will also continue to feature dishes that will meet the highest standards of traditional Maine seafood dining while having reimagined options for all dietary restrictions and preferences (such as gluten/dairy/nut allergies or plant-based diets).
The most exciting and imaginative feature of the redesign is the exterior walk-up bar and ice cream space being offered. The new Clark Bar will offer Lauren’s (soon-to-be-famous) homemade ice cream, a fullservice drink menu with a newly added non-alcoholic cocktail list, and small appetizers/snacks. The variety is sure to offer something to visitors of all preferences.
The new outdoor seating area and new restaurant layout will allow more flexibility in seating for guests as the restaurant meets (or exceeds) all state and federal guidelines for physical distancing to ensure a safe environment for all guests. As such, for the foreseeable future, not all of the 48 seats will be usable and all guests will be required to make dinner reservations in advance.
The Clark Bar opened for business June 26th and will be open daily from 2 to 8pm. The Causeway Restaurant will be opening for dinner service on July 3rd and 4th from 5pm to 8pm and continue to be open Friday and Saturdays with expectations of adding Thursday and Sunday dining soon. Hours may change and will be updated regularly at www.craignair.com.
In partnership with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Craignair Inn by the Sea has also expanded its parking area to allow 8 additional spaces dedicated to visitors of the newly preserved Clark Island which inspired the vision for the restaurant and bar. Visitors to the preserve’s beach and hiking trails are welcome to stop by the Clark Bar before or after a hike to enjoy the views.
The Craignair Inn by the Sea and Causeway Restaurant are located in idyllic Mid-Coast Maine in the small village of Spruce Head, the Craignair Inn by the Sea boasts 22 guest rooms, sweeping ocean views, dogfriendly accommodations, great locally sourced “farm to table” foods, and the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets this side of Acadia National Park.