News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 21, 2019
New owners of Brooklin Inn aim for June opening

New owners, new Inn

Jenny Lewandowski, left, and Pi Piraeus are renovating the Brooklin Inn. The two women purchased the historic property, with their husbands, on March 15.

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by Anne Berleant

With new owners comes new changes to The Brooklin Inn. The most obvious is that the inn is closed until a planned re-opening of the pub in early June, followed by opening the restaurant and guest rooms. And while everything seemed to have happened very fast—“We closed on Friday and the first contractor came on Monday,” said Jenny Lewandowski—the four new owners were in the planning stage for a year.

Jenny and John Lewandowski of Brooklin and Pi Piraeus and Peter Collier of Surry closed on the historic property on March 15 for $330,000.

The two couples met in San Francisco and moved here in 2015—for all but Pi, it was a move back home. Jenny grew up on Mount Desert Island and Peter and John graduated from George Stevens Academy.

Longtime owner Chip Angell is helping the new owners with the transition. “He’s been really great,” Jenny said.

Renovations include a new kitchen and upgrades to the five guest rooms, including en suite bathrooms to the two rooms that had none and one room turned into a common room. A downstairs office will become a reception area for the dining room, while a front room previously rarely open to the public will become a coffee and pastry café-type space, open to guests of the inn and the public.

A chef from Barcelona, who knows the area well from summers spent here, will take charge of the kitchen, Jenny said. She described the revamped restaurant as “top level food served in an unfussy manner with exceptional service. We’re not into the trappings of fine dining.”

The building’s facade will get a face lift, as will the pub. The new owners see the pub still open year-round but for those locals who have been used to calling for dinner reservations any day of the week in February, that is not a sure thing.

“We’re still figuring out what we’re going to do for dinner service in winter,” Jenny said.

Jenny will handle the restaurant, using her experience as a front of the house manager at Stonington’s Aragosta Restaurant, and her past hospitality experience. Pi is in charge of the interior design, which she described as “classic, with modern touches. We’re really trying to keep historical details but provide modern amenities.”