The new home of Embark on Maine in downtown Brunswick. Sande Updegraph / For The Forecaster

Billy Saxton and his family, owners of the Dolphin Marina and Restaurant in Harpswell, are taking their restaurant experience and expanding into downtown Brunswick. The new eatery is called Embark on Maine and, as the name implies, demonstrates the evolution of their business model. Billy said the family has planned to “put roots” in Brunswick for some time and has found a home in the former Henry & Marty location at 61 Maine St. Embark on Maine (scheduled for a December opening) is a test of the market in a way. The space will offer some limited dining in and takeout. If all goes well they will look for more space in the future and a long-term home in town.

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The menu at Embark on Maine will focus on comfort food, including pastas, flatbreads and sandwiches. Cocktails and other beverages will be available.

Since 1966 the Dolphin has flourished and expanded, drawing local diners and seasonal tourists and becoming a Harpswell destination. We look forward to the new restaurant and congratulate the Saxtons for investing in the local area.

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