Mae’s Café and Bakery, a staple of breakfast and baked goods in Bath for decades, has changed hands. The new owner hopes that even regular customers won’t notice the change.
New owner Ned Horton said his priority is to maintain everything people love about Mae’s, from the recipes to the staff, because “when things are going well, why not keep going?” »
Perched just off Route 1 on the corner of Center and High Streets in Bath, Mae’s Café and Bakery occupies two former houses, built in 1900, joined by an addition in 1984. The restaurant also has a seasonal terrace and a loft. second floor style with additional seating.
Former owner Katie Winglass bought Mae’s, then called Kristina’s, in 2004. At the time, she had worked at Kristina — then a bakery and breakfast restaurant — for nine years. Winglass said buying the business from former owner Kristina Van Reenen looks like the next step.
“It was daunting to step into her shoes because Kristina had been there for 27 years, but I had a general idea of what people were looking for,” Winglass said. “It’s evolved and is now more Mae’s than Kristina’s, but some of her recipes are still in good hands.”
According to the Bath Appraiser Database, Katie Winglass bought the property for $285,000. Built in 1900, 160 Center Street was valued at $269,100 in 2019.
Winglass named the restaurant Mae’s after his youngest daughter. The Monument Bakery menu now features pies and cookies, among other treats. The cafe’s breakfast menu includes staples such as omelets and breakfast sandwiches, as well as classic lunch items including soups and sandwiches.
After serving the Bath community for 14 years and enjoying every day, Winglass said she was ready to try something new. She said she was looking forward to having more time to spend with her family and exploring a new career in real estate.
Although she said she was excited about the transition, Winglass said she thinks she will miss people, both customers and staff, the most.
“There are people who had their rehearsal dinner here the first year we were open and now they come with their kids and for their birthdays,” Winglass said. “It’s like seeing old friends again. My children grew up here too. My daughter Mae was at the bakery when she was four with an apron tied under her armpits.
“There’s definitely something scary about handing over your baby, but I feel really good about the adjustment with Ned and Julie,” Winglass continued.
Horton is also the director of Horton Properties, a real estate company that invests in properties ranging from homes to restaurants. Although he never managed a restaurant, Horton said he learned to love the hospitality industry working for his parents at a Vermont inn that served dinner to its residents every night.
“That hospitality and making people feel welcome is in my blood,” he said. “Mae’s hospitality speaks to that part of me because the environment that has been created here is so welcoming and warm.
New general manager Julie Cook said joining the Mae’s community fulfilled her dream of living in Maine and working in a bakery. Although she previously lived in Connecticut, Cook said she was no stranger to Mae’s and would bring her family here when she visits Maine.
“Every time I came here, I always felt like I was in my best friend’s mom’s kitchen, sitting around a kitchen table,” Cook said. “I always liked that feeling. It feels like home when you come here.”
Cook said she wanted Mae’s to remain as involved in the community as she was under Winglass ownership. She plans to continue hosting art shows and displaying the artwork of local students in addition to starting cooking classes and cookie decorating events for kids during the holidays.
“Mae’s [is] a cornerstone of the city here and has become iconic,” Horton said. “We are excited to be part of the next phase. Katie should be very proud of what she has done here.
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