About Us

Our Mission

To serve delicious food & beverages in an attractive, comfortable setting where guests feel at home and completely welcome; while impacting our neighborhood in a positive way by providing a space to gather and connect.

Our Story

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.

About The Owners

Deb and Michael had long been talking about owning another cafe, either as a second location of Lil’s or something a little different. The Islander Café seemed like a great addition to the family.


On January 1, 2023, the McCluskeys took ownership of The Islander Café. Fresh bread, pastries and bagels are delivered each morning from Lil’s in Kittery. The coffee comes from No. 6 Depot out of The Berkshires of MA. We hope to continue the tradition of being the place for The Islanders, both local and out-of-towners who come through all seasons of the year.