Kennebunk Post: Kennebunk Inn bar top project conveys sense of belonging

Kennebunk Inn bar top project conveys sense of belonging

Customers say, ‘we feel like this bar is ours,’ and now, it can be.

Article by Tammy Wells – Courier/Post

Kennebunk – July 2020 – Shanna O’Hea gazed at the carpet in the dining room of the Kennebunk Inn and wondered aloud what might be underneath.

She and her husband Brian had a look, and discovered birch hardwood floors.

So, what do those floors have to do with a new, custom bar top in the works that people can have a personal stake in?

It is all part of a larger renovation of the venerable inn, which the O’Heas bought in 2003.

The couple closed the inn on March 17, as did most businesses in the hospitality industry, as the coronavirus pandemic moved into the United States and Maine. Thye had hoped to reopen the 23-room inn, Academe restaurant and the tavern later in the spring, but that was not be. So, they decided it was time to give the main floors a new, fresh look.

As part of the renovation, the bar top, in the tavern that dates to 1930, is about to be redone, with 500 wooden “cobblestones” made from whiskey barrels and crafted by River Drive Cooperage & Millwork of Buxton.

That’s where the public comes in. People who love the inn, love meeting their friends there, love being part of the Kennebunks, visitors, companies, or those looking for a one-of-a-kind gift are invited to purchase a cobblestone and have their name, or the name of a friend or loved one engraved on it….

  Order your Kennebunk Inn Bar Cobblestone

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About The Kennebunk Inn

The Chefs/Owners of The Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern met when they were students at The Culinary Institute of America. They have appeared on "Best Thing I Ever Ate," "Chopped," "Rewrapped," and "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network and on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise." They have also appeared in Oprah Winfrey's "O" The Magazine. The O'Heas have been guest chefs at Walt Disney World's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Houston's "Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair, Boca Raton's "Boca Bacchanal" Food & Wine Festival, and on Holland America Cruise Line.