Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

Cellardoor Tasting Room Open (Updated)

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

CellardoorwineryThe new Cellardoor Winery (website, instagram) tasting room on Thompson’s Point opened on Saturday. The 5,000 sq. ft. space includes a long tasting bar, a retail shop, and a separate dining room.

The tasting room is scheduled to be open today 11 am – 6 pm.

Update: For more information see this article from The Blueberry Files.

Sugarbird Coffee Truck Launched

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

The Sugarbird Coffee Truck launched this weekend. Owner Justin Dewalt  is serving  baked goods from Ten Ten Pié and coffee from Unrest, a small Mid-Coast roaster founded by Micah Beaulieu, that roasts their coffee outdoors with specific hardwoods matched to the qualities of the beans.

Follow Sugarbird on instagram and facebook to stay on top of where they’re located.

Alcohol Delivery Service Launches Today

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Old Port Wine and Spirits is partnering with the app-based ordering service Drizzly to launch an alcohol deliver service in Portland South Portland.

Today’s Press Herald includes an article about the partnership.

Drizly requires a minimum purchase of $30 and adds a $5 delivery charge. It does not mark up the prices of the alcoholic beverages themselves. Its selection currently consists of all the beverages that Old Port Spirits has in its inventory – nearly 1,300 varieties of beer, wine and liquor as of Thursday afternoon.

SaltBox Cafe Food Truck

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016


Urban Eye reports that the SaltBox Cafe (instagram, facebook) food truck has moved to Portland.

The tiny house with a big taste will be on the Eastern Prom Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. After that the Saltbox roams the streets of Portland Thursday through Sunday. “I’d like to start doing popups and invite Portland chefs to take over the kitchen for a day,” said Glatz.

Photo Credit: Jay Lombard

Sip of Europe Now Open

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

A new coffee shop opened this morning in the East End. Sip of Europe (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is located at 229 Congress  Street next to Ramen Suzukiya.

The 9-seat shop is serving drip coffee, espresso-based drinks, tea, hot cocoa, chai, iced drinks, shakes and crepes. The coffee is sourced from Italian roastery Lavazza.

During this first week in operation owner Yulia Aleksandrovna is using a pay what you want pricing model.

Keep Calm and Falafel On (Updated)

Monday, March 7th, 2016


Peddleman’s (facebook, instagram) launched on Saturday night. Owners Tara Rancourt and Scott William Ryan are serving a menu of falafel sandwiches weekly Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights from 147 Cumberland Ave—the home of Union Bagel Co.

Update: Eatcentric Me has posted a report from opening night at Peddleman’s.

Launch of Scales

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The Press Herald has published an article on the launch of Scales.

When he interviewed for the chef’s job, [Mike] Smith reminded [Sam] Hayward of himself when he was 32 years old and hungry. Hayward and Street had already sketched out a rough menu, but Hayward decided to step back and let Smith fill in the blanks – to give him the same opportunities he had asked for at the same age. One of Smith’s contributions is a light-as-air whipped beef butter appetizer, made with roasted, seasoned bone marrow and served with warm toast and radishes.

Scales Now Open

Saturday, March 5th, 2016


Sam Hayward and Dana Street’s new waterfront restaurant Scales (website, instagram) opened for business on Saturday night.

Chef Mike Smith and team are serving a large menu of primarily seafood-based dishes with appetizers such as Bang’s Island Mussels, fried whole belly clams, salt cod croquette with spicy tomato chutney, and torched arctic char with cultured cream, and larger dishes like grilled swordfish with yellow eyed beans and fish stew. When you go be sure to get an order of the excellent griddled brown bread.

Scales is located on Maine Wharf at 68 Commercial Street. It is open for dinner 7 days a week 5:30 – 10 (Sun – Thurs) and 5:30 – 10:30 (Fri – Sat). Watch for lunch hours to begin sometime this summer.

Opening: Hero & Mast Landing

Friday, March 4th, 2016

imageHero (website, facebook, instagram) is scheduled to open today for First Friday. Hero will be serving “Sandwiches of Substance” and salads in Monument Square at 30 City Center. It is collaboration between Empire co-owner Todd Bernard and Mike Keon and Anthony Allen, founders of Otto Pizza.

Mast Landing (facebook, website, instagram) will opening their brewery tasting room today at 3pm. The brewery is located at 920 Main Street in Westbrook. They’ll be serving Seavey Island Ale, Tell Tale Pale Ale and Mainstay IPA.

Forest Ave Thai: Esaan

Monday, February 29th, 2016

esaanA new Thai restaurant called Esaan (facebook, instagram) has recently opened on Forest Ave in the space formerly occupied by Joy’s Crepe Cafe.

Farm Truck Juice Opening Thursday

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

imageWest End juice bar Farm Truck Juice(facebook, website, twitter, instagram) has announced plans to open on Thursday. They’re located in the West End at 189 Brackett Street in the same building at Rosemont Market.

Restaurateur Walter Loeman, who founded Walter’s, Perfetto’s, Mazza, Cotton Street Cantina and several other restaurants, is part of the team launching the juice bar.

FTJ will serve a menu of “fresh pressed juices made from organic, locally sourced ingredients” such as the Float’n in Florida (grapefruit, orange, lyme lychee) and the Good Green Almighty (kale, chard, spinach, apples, celery, watercress).

Drifter’s Wife Opens Today

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The Drifter’s Wife (website, facebook, instagram) opens today at 4pm. The natural wine bar is located at 63 Washington Ave in the front section of Maine & Loire.

Here’s a look at the menu and wine by the glass list. There’s also a very extensive bottle list.

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Rwanda Bean Co.

Monday, February 15th, 2016

imageCoffee from the Rwanda Bean Company is starting to show up on retail shelves in Portland. Founders Mike Mwenedata and Nick Mazuroski buy beans directly from farmers in the Rwandan province of Karora. The Portland-based coffee roaster has pledged to donate 50% of net profits to fund community development projects in Rwanda.

All three coffees from RBC are available at Aurora Provisions: Ikizere medium roast, Ishema Blend, and Ikerekezo blond roast. RBC is holding their official launch party on February 27th.

Opening: Mast Landing, Peddleman’s

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

A pair of new businesses have announced their opening plans:

  • Mast Landing – the new brewery in Westbrook will open their tasting room on March 4th at 3pm.
  • Peddleman’s – is launching their night time “falafel sandwiches and mezze to-go” operation out of Union Bagel on Cumberland Ave starting March 5th at 5:30pm.

Portland Mash Tun Now Open

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Portland Mash Tun opened their doors last night. The bar and brewpub operates a ½ barrel brewery onsite at 29 Wharf Street. Owner Rick Binet is also a co-owner of the King’s Head Pub.

Mash Tun serves a small menu that includes: a grass fed burger, veggie burger, Parmesan salad, sauteed Brussels sprouts, and a cheese plate.