To reach Aragosta at Goose Cove, an oceanfront restaurant on Maine’s craggy coast, guests follow State Route 15 over a dramatically narrow suspension bridge, then cross the Deer Isle Causeway. Turning onto Goose Cove Road from State Route 15A, the road narrows even further, with pine trees closing in on both sides, until it turns into a bumpy graveled way. Just when you suspect you might be lost, however, the vista opens up to reveal a cove with a rocky beach and views of pine-tree packed islands beyond. To the left, a building covered with weathered shingles, partly obscured by lush vegetation, bears a subtle green sign that simply reads: Aragosta.
For an ambitious prix fixe restaurant, the spot is unusually remote, but it exactly suits Executive Chef/Proprietor Devin Finigan. She is just one of many female chef/owners in Northern New England who is using her talent and leadership to build a restaurant that serves her way of life and family, in an industry where the upper echelon is still very much dominated by men.
Here is her story, along with those of five other women who are carving new paths in the restaurant world.