the Testa family arrived in Chicago from Sicily.
Ten-year-old Mike Sr. was part of an industrious,
hard working family. By the time he was in his
twenties, the young man owned and operated his
own sandwich shop in the nearby summer resort
of South Haven. There he sold ice cream, sodas,
homemade pies and cigars to vacationers who told
him of the warmth and beauty of Palm Beach, Florida,
where they wintered.
In the fall of 1921, Mike followed his customers’
advice and opened a small soda fountain in the
Garden Theatre, a small movie house in Palm Beach.
There business grew as he developed a reputation
for personal service, customer satisfaction and,
of course, great strawberry pie! Each winter,
business grew resulting in several moves to larger
spaces. Finally, in 1933 Testa’s Restaurant
moved to Royal Poinciana Way, where it still operates
In 1933 as the summer economy in Michigan began
to sour, Mike Sr. again listened to his customers.
The Palm Beachers told him of their summers in
Bar Harbor, Maine. In the summer of 1934 Testa’s
opened on Main Street in Bar Harbor. Again, the
space was small, but by this time there were two
sons, Mike Jr. and Joe. Soon the Testa tradition
of “pines in the summer and palms in the
winter” became a way of life for both the
family and their employees. Gradually, another
family emerged. Testa’s faithful customers
who frequented both restaurants where they came
to expect great food and familiar faces.
As the years passed, both restaurants increased
in size, as did the Testa family. Mike Jr.and
Joe added six sons and daughters to the business.
Patriarch Mike Sr. worked every day until his
death at age 90 in 1975.
In 1990 the family decided to meet another challenge.
The Bar Harbor restaurant was demolished and Bayside
Landing was born. Today you’ll find a beautiful,
modern complex of fine retail shops. What hasn’t
changed, however, is that the heart of the complex
is Testa’s Restaurant. Inside you will find
the same great food that has kept us around for
Today Testa’s second, third and fourth
generations invite you to enjoy our hospitality
and hope that you make yourself part of the family.
And, while in Bar Harbor, join us on the least
expensive and most informative and entertaining
activity available—a National Park tour.
Ask your server about it, or for reservations
inquire at the front desk.