FROM SEACOAST ONLINE: Henry Ares’ first job was working in the kitchen of Cap’n Simeon’s Gallery when he was 16. The Kittery resident went on to work at Cap’n Simeon’s for 18 years, climbed his way to top of the local restaurant industry, and is now co-owner of AJ’s Wood Grill Pizza in the Kittery Foreside and executive chef of the York River Landing.
On Thursday, Ares and wife Eides Ares, along with a team of local restaurateurs announced, they would embark on a project to recreate the Cap’n Simeon’s and Frisbee’s Market property and reassert Pepperrell Cove as a waterfront destination for dining and leisure.
“My life revolved around this restaurant for such a long time,” Henry Ares said. “It’s a dream come true to take over this site and turn it back into a destination again.”
The Pepperell Cove Group includes Henry and Eides Ares, Kittery resident and developer Donna Ryan; Ann Kendall, a Kittery Point-based retired school teacher and philanthropist; and Carla Goodknight, founder of CJ Architects in Portsmouth. They laid out their vision for the future of Pepperrell Cove featuring four new enterprises in front of a large crowd of residents Thursday.
This project includes renovating the old Frisbee Market, which was forced to close after a fire last July, into Bistro 1828, which will feature Henry Ares as executive chef. It is slated to open in the fall.