Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 25, 2019
Acadia House coming to downtown Stonington
Two-star Michelin chef to open new restaurant
Ryan McCaskey, pictured, is bringing a new restaurant, Acadia House, to downtown Stonington this summer.
by Monique Labbe
A chef with credentials ranging from two Michelin Stars to Four Stars from Forbes is bringing his culinary expertise to downtown Stonington.
Ryan McCaskey, who owns a summer home on the island and has been a frequent visitor since his youth, has taken over the property at 27 Main Street, formerly the Stonington location of Aragosta.
McCaskey calls Chicago home, and his restaurant, Acadia, has been featured in travel guides, magazines and newspapers.
The Stonington restaurant, which will be called Acadia House, will be an extension of the Chicago location. It will feature casual American fare done in a “nice way,” and be executed by Acadia Chicago staff, according to McCaskey.
“[There will be] some fun takes on classics, made with local ingredients,” he said.
McCaskey said bringing a restaurant to the island is something he has wanted to do for some time.
“The idea was to have a seasonal place that would help supplement my business in Chicago during a usually slower time in summer,” he said.
That opportunity came, and McCaskey has been busy getting the restaurant ready to open at the end of June. He said his plan is not to change too much, but to update some painting and to build out the bar area to offer more seating.
McCaskey said while structurally things will remain mostly the same, he is planning on changing the look, incorporating the coastal feel while adding a few features to make the space feel what he calls “rural elegant.”
“[It will] by no means be fine dining or stuffy,” he said. “The vibe and feel should be welcome to anyone.”
McCaskey said he is planning to spend most of his time in Maine during the first few weeks the restaurant is open. After that, he plans to go back to Chicago to operate Acadia while keeping tabs on Acadia House.
“I’ve assembled a pretty great team who’ve all worked for me. I’m confident they’ll keep the standards at both places,” he said.
McCaskey said he is looking forward to spending time on the island this summer, and even more excited to bring something positive to the community.
“I’d love to see Stonington become a busy destination each summer again. Its really a win-win for everyone,” he said.
Acadia House is scheduled to open late June, and stay open until early October. McCaskey is planning to release the menu in two weeks.