Under Construction: Jager

December 3rd, 2016

jager_logoJager (instagram, twitter, facebook) has applied for a liquor license. The 44-seat German pub will be located at 41 Wharf Street. It’s being developed by Justin O’Connor and chef Paul Kirschbaum.

Here’s an excerpt from the cover letter supplied with the application,

The goal  of Jager is to provide an upscale pub atmosphere reminiscent of the pubs found in the mountain towns of Bavaria. We will serve food authentic in style to the region accompanied by wine and beers from, and true to the style of that region. Other portland [sic] based beers will be available, as well as a craft cocktail list. My Chef-Partner Paul Kirschbaum is a first generation American, coming from a family with a long tradition of owning chefs in that region.

O’Connor was a founder of The Kings Head on Commercial Street. Kirschbaum has a degrees from CIA and Le Cordon Bleu.

A brief draft menu (page 100) was supplied with the application and here’s a look at the floor plan:


Fermentation News: Rising Tide, Bunker, Foundation, NED, One Eye

December 3rd, 2016

Urban Eye reports that Rising Tide will be expanding into the adjacent space in their building on Fox Street

To meet demand for its core beers like Zephyr and Maine Island Trail Ale, while making way for new barrel-aged creations, co-owners Heather and Nathan Sanborn are moving into the Maine Craft Distilling space next door and taking over the now-shuttered Portland’s Greener Cleaner around the corner.

The Blueberry Files has posted an update on Foundation’s expansion, New England Distilling’s tasting room and Bunker’s new brewery.

The Press Herald has published an article on One Eye Open Brewing,

Word began to circulate that three University of Southern Maine grads were starting a nanobrewery in Portland’s fermentation-heavy East Bayside neighborhood, just a bottle cap flick from Rising Tide, Lone Pine, Urban Farm Fermentory and Oxbow Bottling and Blending.

After a yearlong process of renovating the mid-20th-century shed, Lucas Marks, 27, Brett Barrett, 26, and Charlie Partridge, 25, have released two IPAs to the Portland market.

Hi Bombay Changing Hands

December 3rd, 2016

Prakash Gyawali is purchasing Hi Bombay on Pleasant Street. Gyawali also owns Shere Punjab Fine Indian Cuisine in Brunswick.

Baristas + Bites to Open on Monday

December 2nd, 2016

Baristas + Bites plans to open on Monday. The new quick service cafe is located at 469 Fore Street across from Miyake.

Owner Amy Alward has been working with USM to build a mobile app that will notify customers when new items are just about ready: “when our fresh roasted free range organic rotisserie chicken… [or a] sheet tray of triple treat warm chocolate chip cookies gets pulled from the oven.” The app will also enable customers to pre-order and pay for curbside pick-up.

Allagash Helena Bottle Release

December 1st, 2016

Allagash is holding a bottle release on Saturday for Helena.

Helena is modeled after a traditional Flemish-style sour red. In the first sip, aromas of apple and pear combine with hints of caramel and fruit. The beer finishes with clean tartness. We brew Helena with Special B, Munich, raw wheat, and our 2-row barley blend. Hopped with Hallertau, we first ferment this beer in stainless with our house yeast, before transferring it to an oak foudre where Lactobacillus and Pediococcus are added.

Tin Pan Bakery Now Open

November 30th, 2016

The tinpanbakery_logoTin Pan Bakery (website, facebook, instagram) opened yesterday. They’re located at 897 Brighton Ave near The Sinful Kitchen and are open Monday through Saturday, 8 – 4. You can see a list of their baked goods on their site.

Owner is Elise Richer was the founder of Cream & Sugar, and is the author of Always in Season.

Under Construction: Sticky Sweet

November 30th, 2016

A new food vendor called Sticky Sweet (website, instagram) is slated to open next month in the Public Market House. Sticky Sweet plans to serve “traditional Thai dessert w/ a Maine twist“.


BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe to Close

November 29th, 2016

Owners of BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe have announced plans to close at the end of the year.

Sometime in 1998, after what felt like an endless search for Our Restaurant, Bill answered a blind ad and we had found it: The Madd Apple Cafe! Quaint and funky, the space was turnkey. Our purchase was final on February 1, 1999. We were open for service the next week. Since then, alongside dedicated hard working staff, we have enjoyed the support of loyal patrons and the community writ large. It’s been a good run.

BiBo’s plans to serve a farewell wine dinner on December 16 and will be open for New Year’s Eve.

Craft Beer Competition

November 28th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that Geary’s sales have dipped as the result of competition from newer breweries.

While restaurants and bars across the region dump national brands in favor of Maine-made craft beers, the trend has skipped over one local brewer – Geary’s, the brewer that started it all.

This Week’s Events: Tom/Mariah Farewell, Winter Market, Greek Pastry Sale, Repeal Day Ball, Helena

November 28th, 2016

MondayOxbow is hosting a farewell party for Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly.

WednesdayCellardoor is holding an Italian food/wine pairing event.

Thursday – The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Dirigo Brewing.

FridayMaine Spirits is holding a luxury spirits tasting, and there will be a wine tasting at the Munjoy Hill Rosemont.

Saturday – it’s the first week of the Winter Farmers’ Market, the Greek Holiday Pastry Sale is taking place, Browne Trading is holding a wine tasting, and Allagash is releasing a new beer called Helena.

Sunday – the Repeal Day Ball is taking place at Mechanics Hall.

New Year’s Eve – restaurants are starting to announce details for their NYE plans. I’ll be adding to the list over the next 5 weeks:

  • BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe – this will be their final meal before closing.
  • Central Provisions – serving an 8-course preview of the Italian menu at their new restaurant Tipo. $220 for 2  people.
  • Crooners and Cocktails7-course dinner “influenced by your favorite mobster films over the years”.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Reviews: Dirigo Public House, Portland Meatball, Union, Bonobo, Sinful Kitchen, Petite Jacqueline

November 27th, 2016

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed the Dirigo Public House in Yarmouth,

The cider-glazed chicken wings and sweet-savory house salad with spiced almonds are both terrific starters that play well with beer. Don’t miss the eponymous burger, served with a sauce made from smoked onions and tomatoes, and be sure to order it with the onion rings, rather than the overbrowned, underseasoned French fries.

the Press Herald has reviewed the Portland Meatball Company,

Welcome to the Old Port, Portland Meatball Company. To quote “Casablanca,” “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Oh, and one more thing, the hours are incredible. Late-night noshers, this could be your new place.

and published a bar review of Union,

Hotel bars have their own magic, and Union is no exception. While the lobby bar, Inkwell, is decent (better for coffee than cocktails) the restaurant bar seating is much nicer. Reservations are suggested if you want a full dinner, but walk-ins are welcome at the up-market bar.

Portland Magazine has reviewed Petite Jacqueline,

Unable to resist authentic French fare on offer, we order the escargots as an appetizer to share. The snails do not come in their shells (a small disappointment soon forgotten) but instead bathe in a buttery garlic and basil concoction filled with tasty button mushrooms. Baked here (and replenished often by our attentive server), the bread is a traditional French baguette, perfect for dipping in the herbed butter sauce.

The Golden Dish has reviewed Bonobo,

We have no shortage of pizza in Portland. From the plethora of pies from Otto ovens all over Greater Portland to the appeal of the big blocks of luscious pies at Slab and lots of others in between, choices abound. One, though, is in a class by itself—and I don’t mean it stands above the rest but rather is one of those places where it’s all about the specialty pie.

and Run for Breakfast has reviewed The Sinful Kitchen.

 I ended up getting their last order of chocolate caramel stuffed French toast.  It was delicious and rich, and I only managed to eat about 1/4 of it.  My only complaint was that the chocolate overpowered the caramel.  The staff was super friendly, and we headed home with another few days worth of breakfasts.

Stadler’s Greenhouse

November 25th, 2016

Munchies has published an article on chef Cara Stadler and her plans to build a greenhouse next to Tao Yuan in Brunswick.

Up next: an ambitious three-story, closed-loop aquaponic greenhouse next to her New Brunswick restaurant Tao Yuan that will raise fish like trout and grow plants like wasabi root, winged beans, Vietnamese coriander, kaffir limes, and celtuce. She’s especially excited about the wasabi—a plant that takes two to three years to cultivate to maturity.

“I want to put a yuzu tree in, too,” she says.

Under Construction: LB Kitchen

November 21st, 2016


A look inside LB Kitchen (instagram), the restaurant under development at 249 Congress Street by Lee Farrington and Bryna Gootkind in the former Figa space.

LB will serve breakfast and lunch. It’s slated to open in December.

Here’s a look at the draft menu supplied with their liquor license application in September.


This Week’s Events: Friendsgiving, Austin Street, Tiki Drinksgiving, Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2016

drinksgiving2Monday – It’s the last day of the Rabelais book sale,  Fork Food Lab is hosting Friendsgiving, and Sur Lie is holding a 5-course Austin Street beer dinner.

WednesdayFalafel Underground and Rhum are collaborating on a tiki drinksgiving featuring a mezze pupu platter,  and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – it’s Thanksgiving.

Saturday – the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Hipstorical Woodford

November 21st, 2016

Hipstorical has published a profile of Woodford F&B.

Tucked into the Back Cove of Portland, Maine, on Woodford’s Corner, is a crown-shaped diner. A soft glow emanates from its picture windows. Inside, a young family snuggles into a corner booth, munching on burgers and fries. A gray-haired couple slices into their steaming plates of swordfish steak and baked stuffed lobster. A troupe of hip 20-somethings gathers at the bar as the mustachioed bartender prepares their hand-crafted cocktails.