Everyone Asks: "Who is Bernie?"
Bernie’s is named after my grandfather, Bernie Shapiro, who
was described as one of the friendliest and most likeable men in the community. For sixty-seven years, he owned and operated Shapiro Oil Company and later Union Oil Company. Bernie's greatest joy was his family and friends. He had a natural love of people and his friends and admirers were from every walk of life.
Bernie was an active member of many civic organizations and, along with Union Oil, a quiet benefactor of many charities, including the Cedars Nursing Care Center, where he established the Shapiro Fund.
Bernie had a unique way
of making you feel like you were
the most important person in the
world. He always made everyone
feel welcome, and you'll always be welcome at Bernie's and Bernie's Foreside!
~ Adam Shapiro, Proprietor
"Who is Esidore?"
Esidore Shapiro was the patriarch of a family that immigrated to Maine from Russia just after the turn of the last century. A man of integrity and tradition, Esidore believed in the value of hard work and family.
Esidore's daughter was the grandmother of Chef Jay Harris, the innovator behind Esidore's @Night.
The photo above is of Esidore on the left and his son Bernie on the right.
~ Chef Jay Harris
Whether you are here to eat at Bernie's during the day or Esidore's at night, you will encounter cuisine that is truly American in nature, rooted in family, with a true melting pot of flavors and world wide influences.