Tuesday May 21, 2013 | 06:00 AM

If you’ve tried to go to Bresca for lunch or dinner lately and found the doors of the Portland restaurant locked, you’re just simply too late.

Chef Krista Desjarlais and her staff held their last dinner service a week ago Saturday, and everyone has moved on to new projects and life adventures.

“We put the last ticket in the spike and everybody cried,” Desjarlais said.

Despite the tears, closing the doors means a new beginning for Desjarlais, who is opening a summer snack shack at Outlet Beach on Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester.

She’s now devoting all her time to the new business, which will open for boating and swimming Memorial Day weekend and start serving food June 10. Guests will be able to build a picnic from the menu, which will include hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and other simple fare. (Given Desjarlais’ talent in the kitchen, though, it will probably be the best hot dog you’ve ever had.)

There may also be a new bakery in the works.

The chef isn’t ready to say yet that Bresca is over for good. She still holds the lease on the restaurant space at 111 Middle St., and if no one steps forward to take it over, she may have to re-open in the fall in order to pay the rent.

“If perchance nobody wants to take the lease assignment or take the current rate and renegotiate new terms, I will rethink what I’m going to do in September,” Desjarlais said.

For more on Desjarlais’ transition, the reasons behind it, and her new business, pick up a copy of the Maine Sunday Telegram on Sunday.

About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or mgoad@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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