Meet Jeff & Diane
In the spring of 2011 my husband and I found ourselves in one of those uncertain pivotal moments of our lives. We were unemployed, living in Blue Hill, Maine in an 600 sq ft off the grid house, and we were expecting our first child early that summer. With twenty years of professional kitchen experience, Jeff was being offered every chef position he applied for, but none of these great jobs were making us excited; so we started brainstorming.....Jeff was playing around with the idea of a food truck (which made me nervous)....driving through Ellsworth...next idea... what about a food truck inside? See that 'for rent' sign? Hmmmm. What about there?
Financing was tough; we were turned down by six banks. Just as we were about to shelve our idea, some generous friends offered to lend us the start up funds. 86 This opened its doors on June 13th 2011. Our son Rye was born two weeks later.
After three and half years of renting and operating out of a little "hole in the wall," 86 This! was able purchase (again with the help of some amazing friends) a building and expand our business.
We like to describe our place as a "classy punk-rock burrito shop"; our food is real, its delicious, totally unpretentious, and yes, we like to rock a little too. With 17 ft ceilings, brick walls and wood floors the building is spacious and modern while maintaining a cozy family friendly vibe. We have a real love for 125 Main Street, for our awesome staff, and for this community.
Diane and Jeff