Crumbs Provisions offers a little bit of everything

By Fran Gonzalez | Jul 04, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Crumbs Provisions owner Jenny Whitson, right, with her grandmother, Connie Jones, July 1.

Belfast — A new eatery popped up recently on the corner of Front and Spring streets, with a brand new look and a menu boasting simple comfort food. Views from the outside patio of Heritage Park and the bay are not too shabby either.

Crumbs Provisions owner Jenny Whitson said she moved to Belfast last summer and was trying to decide what to do for the winter.

Her uncle, who owns the building, asked if she had any interest in opening up a restaurant. Whitson, who has been involved in the food industry for the past 15 years, thought it over and decided to "go for it."

Work on the restaurant commenced at the end of January this year and she said they opened "very quietly" on June 1.

"Today is by far the busiest day," Whitson said July 1.

She said she is thankful for repeat customers, and said she appreciates the "kind generous words" from locals.

Whitson studied at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont and said her experiences include working at a market in Denver, at a fishing lodge in Colorado, as a personal chef in San Diego and as a pastry chef aboard a ship to Alaska.

The ship was geared to dining and outdoor activities, and she later found out the captain attended Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.

"So many people on board knew about Belfast," she said.

Over the years, she said, she has learned to "keep it simple, make it great," a philosophy she has taken to heart. Her experiences have also taught her to survive with integrity in a difficult industry.

"My grandmother taught me baking skills," Whitson said. "She always had blueberry pie and a garden full of cucumbers. I always loved to cook and entertain with a lot of sweets involved."

Whitson moved back to Belfast to be closer to family, she said. "I've been content here. Belfast really supports its small businesses."

The restaurant has a liquor license and is currently in the process of setting up a "sips and bites" menu, including sparkling vinegar drinks from Vinolio that she calls "seaside sippers."

"We have a little bit of everything," she said.

Housed in the years-ago site of Vincent's Restaurant, the new establishment offers plenty of baked goods and also prepared foods for takeout to enjoy across the street at the park or on the new outside patio.

Crumbs Provisions is open year-round for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a few specials a day to incorporate a gluten-free option.

Crumbs Provisions, located at the corner of Spring and Front streets, offers a new outside dining area across from Heritage Park and the bay. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
The newly renovated Crumbs Provisions has several small tables for dining in. The restaurant is located where Vincent's Restaurant stood years ago at the corner of Spring and Front streets. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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