Mother’s Kitchen in Bar Harbor has new owners

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Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:02 PM EDT
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BAR HARBOR, Maine (WABI) - The roadside food stop is a staple along the coast of Maine.

Tasha Higgins had already been thinking about selling Mother’s Kitchen, and then she took a job at the Mount Desert Elementary School this winter.

“It is grueling work at times, and it’s seasonal, and I just wanted something kind of more year round,” Higgins said.

The new owners are looking to combine their existing business Coffee Matters with Mother’s Kitchen.

“We’ll keep all her recipes and the idea is that we learn and we’re able to keep up and carry on with this tradition,” said Cristina DeVora, Mother’s Kitchen owner.

Twenty-three years is a long time to be in business, and after more than two decades, Higgins says, of course, there are some things she’ll miss, but there are some things she won’t.

“I’ve seen peoples’ children grow. I’ve seen them have babies. I’ve seen them get married. Going through life for that many years with customers, you really get to know people. But besides that, I haven’t had to make insurance payments, or workers comp. Nothing. I’m good,” Higgins said.

Cris Marcial and DeVora are hoping to put down the same roots and are hoping to continue the same long run of success Mother’s Kitchen has always had.

“It’s like running a marathon. When you’re done, you’re beat up, but at the same time, you have this energy, and we’re excited. We’ll do the work we need to do to make things happen,” said Marcial, Mother’s Kitchen owner.

“They have the same ideals and vision for the business, and I just know that they’ll have success,” Higgins said.

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