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Cleonice and The Maine Grind converge to bring grilled gourmet pizzas to Downtown Ellsworth's finest Coffee House.

Ellsworth's Living Room needs Pizza. After 10 years in Ellsworth's historic Luchini building, Cleonice, Downeast Maine's pre-eminent locavore restaurant, needs to move. The Maine Grind, a mere two blocks away is Ellsworth's “living room.” What better marriage then to have Cleonice blend it's culinary passion and commitment to support local farms with the convivial café of The Maine Grind? A great cafe with grilled gourmet pizza, that's what. As a first step to moving into the street level of the Old Mason's Hall, Rich and Cary Hanson join with The Maine Grind, adding casual evening service and a new venue for local musicians, while continuing to be a place for community gatherings, and an outlet for local artists and food artisans.


We, Rich and Cary Hanson, have taken over ownership of The Maine Grind as of the new year. We are introducing more from-scratch foods made with more local ingredients, keeping the great coffees, baked goods, and dishes that folks love, while adding our culinary talents to the mix. We've hired Peter Voigt, most recently from Lily's Cafe, to help us manage the grind. He brings great energy and experience to this endeavor.

The next step is to add the grilled gourmet pizza, and that's where you come in. We need a convection oven, a grill, some pizza making supplies and we need to install a hood. We'll also need some money for a marketing budget and working capital while we put together this exciting venture.

We hope to have our kitchen renovations ready by late February, so we can begin booking music and planning special events. Every little bit counts, each donation brings us one step closer to our dream and your new favorite spot for a casual dinner. Please help us make this dream a reality.

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  • We've broken down the process of moving into several steps. The first step was to take over the Maine Grind, the second step is to introduce pizza and evening service to the Grind. With the pizza in place, we can generate income to put into our big move into the street level of The Maine Grind building, the old Mason's hall.

    as of 2/26 Cleonice has a verbal lease extension. Working on a formal. Cleonice will be at 112 Main St until Jan of 2013 we are working with the folks who will be taking over the space for a smooth transition.

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  • We love what we do, we love working with local farmers and fishermen, we love our employees, we love creating great food, and we love creating a dining experience for you to remember. We do what we do for these reasons. Margins in fine dining are small, and even precarious in a seasonal and more rural area as we live in. Raising money from banks has become very tight and many banks refuse to even look at restaurants because they are such a risky venture. This is why we're asking you, our customers, friends, and neighbors, to help us keep Cleonice.

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  • That's just the soonest that we can deliver your rewards. There's no expiration (except there will be only one opening party).

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    Two Grilled Gourmet Pizzas, A delicious pastry and a coffee at The Maine Grind and a heartfelt thank you on our website

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    Two bowls of homemade soup a week for a month, Two Grilled Gourmet Pizzas, A delicious pastry and a coffee at The Maine Grind and a heartfelt thank you on our website.

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    Two invitations to our re-opening party at the Maine Grind, Two bowls of homemade soup a week for a month, Two Grilled Gourmet Pizzas, A delicious pastry and a coffee at The Maine Grind, and a heartfelt thank you on our website.

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    Give us a picture of yourself, and you will always be greeted by name when you come in! Two invitations to our re-opening party at the Maine Grind, Two bowls of homemade soup a week for a month Two Grilled Gourmet Pizzas, A delicious pastry, and a coffee at The Maine Grind and a heartfelt thank you on our website.

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    Shop at the Ellsworth Farmer's Market with Rich and he will prepare lunch for you and five friends at your house! (25 mile Radius of Ellsworth), Two invitations to our re-opening party at the Maine Grind, Two bowls of homemade soup a week for a month, Two Grilled Gourmet Pizzas, A delicious pastry and a coffee at The Maine Grind, and a heartfelt thank you on our website.

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    After hours Pizza party for 8 at the Maine Grind (Sun-Thurs only, non-alcoholic bev only). Two invitations to our re-opening party at the Maine Grind, Two bowls of homemade soup a week for a month, Two Grilled Gourmet Pizzas, A delicious pastry and a coffee at The Maine Grind, and a heartfelt thank you on our website.

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    Saturday night Pizza party at your house! 12 people including pizza making lessons. Two invitations to our re-opening party at the Maine Grind, Two bowls of homemade soup a week for a month, Two Grilled Gourmet Pizzas, A delicious pastry and a coffee at The Maine Grind, and a heartfelt thank you on our website.

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    Downeast Vacation Weekend – Three Breakfasts for two at The Maine Grind, Three picnic lunches for two, Dinner at your house (made by us), Cleonice, or The Maine Grind for three nights and our staff's list of favorite things to do Downeast. Two invitations to our re-opening party at the Maine Grind, Two bowls of homemade soup a week for a month, Two Grilled Gourmet Pizzas, A delicious pastry and a coffee at The Maine Grind, and a heartfelt thank you on our website.

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