Archive for the ‘Closings’ Category

Portland Meatball Company Closed

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Portland Meatball Co. has closed.

The windows are papered over and a business for sale sign is in the window.

Rosen’s Deli Closed

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Forecaster confirmed yesterday that Rosen’s Deli has closed.

Rosen’s Deli, the only Jewish-style deli in greater Portland, has closed…“Lots of factors contributed to our decision to close Rosen’s Deli,” Arren Rosen said in a Facebook message Tuesday morning. “We are thankful to all the great people we’ve met over the years and will miss our supportive community very much.”

Granny’s Closing

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Granny’s Burritos plans to close their shop in the Public Market House, according to a report from the Press Herald.

Granny’s Burritos, a fixture in Portland since 1995, will close either at the end of the day Sunday or Monday, depending on how long the food lasts…

The Public Market House was Granny’s fifth location. Owner Chris Godin started on Market Street in the lobby of Granny Killam’s, moved to 10 Exchange Street, then to 420 Fore Street, was closed for a while then for a short time operated at 653 Congress Street, closed again and most recently landed at the PMH in Monument Square.

Roustabout Has Closed

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Roustabout (twitter, instagram, facebook, website) has decided to close.


The past fifteen months have been filled with challenges, excitement and reward. We consider ourselves fortunate to be part the vibrant restaurant community in Portland Maine.

However, it is with deep disappointment that after dinner service on Sunday January 8th, we have closed our doors for good.

We are immensely thankful for our staff, past and present. Thank you for your commitment and professionalism during your time here. We count ourselves lucky to have been able to work along side of each and every one of you.

A huge thank you to our guests for making us their go-to neighborhood spot, cocktail bar, and family restaurant.

We have been exceedingly fortunate to have such wonderful friends & neighbors on inner Washington and wish you all the best luck.

Thank you
– Roustabout

Founders Kit Paschal and Anders Tallberg announced plans for their Washington Avenue restaurant in May of 2015. The 75-seat Italian restaurant got off to a promising start in November of the same year.

Catbird Creamery for Sale

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The Press Herald reports that Catbird Creamery has closed and the business is for sale.

“We dedicated a large part of our lives to building Catbird Creamery and as a young family the commitment to both became too much,” DiGirolamo wrote. “We are selling the business and are hoping someone who has more time to commit to it will find this a great opportunity.”

K. Horton Specialty Foods Closing (Updated)

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

K. Horton Specialty Foods has announced plans to close down after 18 years in business. Owner Kris Horton was one of the first vendors in the original Public Market on Preble Street, and played an instrumental role in the creation of the Public Market House on Monument Square.

K. Horton will be holding a cash-only clearance sale beginning January 2nd.

Update: The Press Herald and Bangor Daily News have both published reports on the closure.

Year in Review: Drifters Wife, Upcoming Restaurants, Most Popular Restaurants & Articles, Obituaries

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

I’ve scanned through the records for the past year and here’s a summary of events and trends for 2016:

  • Best New Restaurant – 2016 saw the opening of a number of strong new restaurants. However, it’s an easy decision to call out Drifters Wife as the best new restaurant of 2016. On all accounts, food, service and atmosphere they’ve been outstanding and brought something new to Portland. Bon Appétit named Drifters one of the best new restaurants in the nation, the Press Herald selected them as the best restaurant of 2016 and Ed Behr, editor of Art of Eating, wrote a review in the Financial Times concludes with “For a meal, snack or just to drink wine in a low-key atmosphere, on a totally human scale, Drifters Wife is an outstanding place to pass an hour — or a whole long evening”.
  • Breweries/Distilleries – fermentation-based businesses continued to expand and grow in number in 2016. Notable were the moves of Bissell Brothers to Thompson’s Point and Bunker to Libbytown, the opening of Stroudwater Distilling, Hardshore Distilling and the Cellar Door tasting room, and the expansions of Foundation Brewing, Maine Beer Co, Rising Tide and the upcoming expansion of Maine Craft Distilling.
  • Juice Bars – 2016 was the year of the juice bar. Farm Truck Juice opened in the West End, Blake Orchard in the Old Port, Flying Fox on Washington Ave, and Maine Juice Company in Biddeford joined Maine Squeeze and Samantha Lives in this segment of the industry.
  • Upcoming in 2017 – The pace of new restaurant and bar projects looks likely to pick-up in 2017. 40+ new ventures are already being tracked on the PFM Under Construction list and I’m aware of several other ventures in earlier stages of development. The ones I’m most looking forward to in 2017 are:
    • Baharat – CN Shawarma’s new restaurant in East Bayside
    • Black Cow – ‘re-imagining of the classic soda fountain’ by Nick Nappi and Gary Bowcott
    • Cong Tu Bot – a pho noodle bar being launched by Vien Dobui and Jessica Sheahan
    • Gross Confection Bar – a dessert/cocktail bar by Brant Dadaleares
    • Izakaya Minato – a new Japanese restaurant on Washington Ave
    • LB Kitchen – chef Lee Farrington’s new breakfast and lunch restaurant on Congress Street
    • Lio – a wine-driven restaurant by Cara Stadler in conjunction with Chris Peterman
    • Little Giant – Hunt & Alpine’s restaurant in the West End
    • Sichuan Kitchen – a Chinese restaurant scheduled to open on January 2nd
    • Tipo – Central Provision’s new restaurant in Back Cove

Top 10 Articles

The most popular articles published on Portland Food Map in the past year.

  1. Tipo – first word on Central Provision’s new restaurant in Back Cove (July 23)
  2. Petite Jacqueline – Corry’s decision to relocate Petite Jacqueline to Market Street (January 27)
  3. Lio – first word on Cara Stadler’s new wine restaurant (October 7)
  4. Woodford F & B – announcement of opening day (January 15)
  5. Ebb & Flow – news that Ebb & Flow was closing (March 7)
  6. Baharat – first word on CN Shawarma’s new brick and mortar restaurant (October 5)
  7. Fork Food Lab – first word on the commercial kitchen/business incubator (March 16)
  8. BA ArticleBon Appétit article on Portland (May 18)
  9. Scales – opening day announcement (March 5)
  10. Little Giant – first word that Hunt & Alpine was planning a restaurant and market for the West End (October 31)


Notable Events of 2016

  • January – Bissell Brothers announced plans to move to Thompson’s Point, 6 Maine food producers were honored at the Good Food Awards, Woodford F&B opened, and Fore River Brewing launched.
  • February8 chefs and restaurants were listed as James Beard Award semifinalists, the Brew Bus made plans to expand to Boston, Harvest on the Harbor was sold, and Thai Essan, Drifters Wife, Portland Mash Tun, Farm Truck Juice and Rhum opened.
  • March3 Maine chefs were named James Beard award final nominees, The Press Herald published an article about Jason Loring, Scales, Falafel Underground, Hero and Mast Landing opened, and Little Lad’s closed.
  • April – The Milk and Honey Cafe and the Lone Pine Brewing tasting room opened, the Salt Box Cafe launched, and Paul’s Food Center closed.
  • MayBon Appétit published an eating guide to Portland, the New York Times published an article about The Honey Paw, PFM won Best Food Blog and Best Blog in the Portland Phoenix readership poll, Solo Italiano and the Cellar Door tasting room opened, the Sugarbird Coffee Truck and the Gorgeous Gelato truck launched.
  • June – Hugo’s and Miyake were listed on OAD’s list of the Top 100 restaurants in the US, Bissell Brothers opened their new brewery on Thompson’s Point, Petite Jacqueline, Blake Orchard, Tiqa Cafe, and Salty Sally’s opened, the LemonCycle food cart and Taco del Seoul food truck launched, and Sala Thai closed.
  • July – Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez purchased Caiola’s, Central Provisions announced plans to open a new restaurant in Back Cove, Down East published an oral history of the lobster roll, Food & Wine published an article about Portland, Novare Res was included in Draft magazine’s list of the 100 best beer bars in the country, and Stroudwater Distilling, Flying Fox Juice Bar, and the Munjoy Hill Tavern opened.
  • AugustBon Appétit named Drifters Wife to their list of the 50 Best New Restaurants in America, Food & Wine named Andrew Volk one of 2016’s Best New Mixologists, Big J’s Chicken Shack and Rossobianco opened, and Hero closed.
  • September – USM announced plans for a new food studies program, Condé Nast Traveller has included Eventide in their list of the best restaurants in the world, Food Republic published a guide to eating in Portland, Mark’s Sports Bar, Fork Food Lab and El Rayo opened, and Thurston’s closed.
  • October – acclaimed food writer Rowan Jacobsen visited Portland to launch his new book, Cara Stadler announced plans for her new wine restaurant Lio, Hunt & Alpine announced plans to open a restaurant and market in the West End, Sugarbird sold their food truck to Tandem, Hardshore Distilling opened, and Rossobianco closed.
  • November – Some of Maine’s best chefs collaborated on the 2nd Annual Fabulous Femmes dinner to raise money for the Barabara Bush Children’s Hospital, Bunker Brewing completed the move to their new brewery in Libbytown, and both Tin Pan Bakery and the New England Distilling tasting room opened.
  • December – Eventide announced plans to open a 2nd location in Boston, Pho Co, Bambo Bistro, Big Fin Poke, The Purple House, Little Giant Market, Mini Mogadishu and Baristas + Bites opened, and Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe closed.

Top 25 Restaurants

  1. Roustabout (-)
  2. Woodford F&B (-)
  3. Scales (-)
  4. Isa (1)
  5. Abilene (11)
  6. Solo Italiano (-)
  7. Union (8)
  8. Terlingua (3)
  9. East Ender (7)
  10. Petite Jacqueline (20)
  11. Piccolo (17)
  12. Caiola’s (25)
  13. Lolita (18)
  14. Evo (9)
  15. Big J’s Chicken Shack (-)
  16. The Treehouse (13)
  17. Bao Bao Dumpling House (6)
  18. The Honey Paw (2)
  19. Back Bay Grill (21)
  20. Rossobianco (-)
  21. Five Fifty-Five (17)
  22. Pizzaiolo (-)
  23. Rhum (-)
  24. Outliers Eatery (19)
  25. Hot Suppa (43)

The numbers in parentheses indicate their rank last year. The order of the list is determined by the number of times these restaurants were looked up on PFM during the year.


For some other perspectives on the past year see Portland Press Herald, The Golden Dish, Bangor Daily News, Portland Phoenix, Peter Peter Portland Eater, Portland Magazine and The Beer Babe.

Here are links to the Portland Food Map year in review reports for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe to Close

Tuesday, 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.

Portland Mainely Wraps Closing

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that the Fore Street branch of Mainely Wraps is slated to close November 30. The owners are looking for a new space in Portland.

Fishin’ Ships For Sale

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Fishin’ Ships owners Arvid Brown and Sam Gorelick have announced that they’ll be wrapping up their food truck careers at the end of the season.

We’re so humbled and grateful for everyone who has shown love and support for our truck over the years, but some changes are afloat. We (Sam and Arvid) have decided to sell the truck/business and are moving on to the next thing.

Their last day on the road will be at Three Tides on October 15th in Belfast.

The business and truck are for sale.

Thurston’s Closed (Updated)

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Thurston’s Wicked Good Burgers has gone out of business. They served their last burger Sunday night.

Thank you all for visiting Thurstons Wicked Good Burgers and Frozen Custard over the last two years. I wanted to let you all know that at the End of business hours today; 9:00pm, we will be serving our last burger.
Thank you all for your support

Chef Schilly and Team.

Update: The Press Herald has published a report on the closing of Thurston’s.

Hero Closed (Updated)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Hero sandwich shop in Monument Square has gone out of business, according to a report from the Press Herald.

Hero, the sandwich shop at 30 City Center co-owned by Todd Bernard of Empire and the owners of Otto, closed abruptly Monday after having been open just five months.

The Bangor Daily News has also posted a report on the closure of Hero and next steps for the Otto restaurant group.

Though Hero opened with a bang, the fervor in Maine’s foodiest city was hard to maintain. “There was not enough marketing behind it. We had a lot of momentum out of the gate, but not a sustained, concerted effort,” said Brody, who felt Hero’s story got lost in the fast-changing foodscape.

Update: Co-founder Todd Bernard had sold his interest in Hero to the owners of Otto a month prior to the closure of the restaurant.

Sala Thai to Close

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that Sala Thai is scheduled to close July 16th.

According to a letter to customers posted on the doors and at the bar by owner Jiraporn Thanop, the landlord has sold the building at 1363 Washington Ave., which is near the corner of Washington and Allen avenues. The restaurant’s last day of business will be July 16.

Vaughan Street Variety Closed

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The longtime neighborhood sandwich shop, Vaughan Street Variety, closed yesterday.

Dry Dock in Transition

Monday, May 9th, 2016


The Dry Dock restaurant is closed. A sign in the door indicates that the restaurant “will reopen under new ownership and after renovations.”

The Dry Dock has been in business since 1983. There’s no official word yet on who the new owners are.