In June of 2022, Doug Palardy of New Castle opened The Islander Cafe in the space formerly occupied by Henry’s Market. He wanted to create a space in New Castle that folks could meet up for great food and beverages as well as be a stop for those headed to the beaches and New Castle Commons.
In 2008, David and Nancy Borden (who own the building at 52 Main Street) opened Henry’s Market. Nancy, a New Castle native, said there used to be 3 markets in town, one in this very location, but the last one closed in the late 1980s. The store was described as small, quaint and done in an old-fashioned market style with the smell of coffee and fresh baked goods throughout. Fresh fruits and veggies were a piece of art. The product, staff and artwork were all local. This was truly the place for locals.
In the fall of 2022, after a successful first few months, Doug decided his true passion was with his hotels in the area and set out to find new owners to purchase The Islander Café. With a little help from his friends in the business, Doug approached Deb and Michael McCluskey, mother and son, the owners of Lil’s Café in Kittery, Maine.