Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

Chez Okapi Now Open

Monday, October 5th, 2015


Chez Okapi held their grand opening on September 26 and is now open for business. The restaurant is located at 249 Saint John Street in the space formerly occupied by Taqueria Tequila. Owner Raphael Kabata serves a dishes inspired from the cuisine his native country of Congo.

953 Congress Now Open (Updated)

Friday, September 25th, 2015

IMG_0838953 Congress Street opened last night. 953 is located on the corner of Congress and Saint John Streets in what had been Dogfish Cafe.

Update: 953 Congress is holding a Grand Opening on October 1st.

Taco Trio North Opening Tuesday

Monday, September 21st, 2015


Taco Trio(website, twitter, facebook) has announced they plan to open their new Riverton location Tuesday morning at 11 am.

The new Taco Trio is located at 1706 Forest Ave, the former home of India Bazaar (and Nina’s Variety and Papa’s Place.

Le Petit Thé Food Cart

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

lapetittheA new food cart called Le Petit Thé is now in business. The diminutive shingled wagon serves a variety of cold and iced tea plus, hot cocoa, lemonade and limeade. They were located today in Post Office Park but for the past couple weeks have been on Commercial Street.

Kramer Cookery Collection Goes to Bowdoin (Updated)

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Rabelais Books and Bowdoin College announced today the acquisition by the college of The Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery—more than 700 titles spanning from the Colonial Era to the 1960s.

Rabelais is very pleased to have placed the cookbook collection of Clifford Apgar with the Bowdoin College Library. The placement was made possible through a donation to the College by Esta Kramer, and to honor that generosity the college has named it The Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery. For the first time, there is an important resource for the history of American cookery in the State of Maine. It’s only fitting that a state with such a long history of food production, and with an exciting current dining scene, should also have the materials for students and scholars.

According to the release from Rabelais, the collection,

…contains more than seven hundred culinary titles, from the Colonial Era through 1900, but a selection of important works from 1900 until 1960 – the year of the publication of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking – is also integrated. Beyond cooking, the collection illuminates the development of American culture, encompassing American social movements and historical events.

Update: The Press Herald has published a front-page article on the Kramer Collection.

Ocho Burrito Now Open

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

ochoburritoOcho Burrito (website, twitter, instagram) is now open for business. Ocho is owned by Mike Keon and Anthony Allen who also run Otto Pizza. There were 4 options on the menu from yesterday’s test run: Braised Beef, Moroccan Chicken, Curried Cauliflower and The Classic.

Ocho is located at 654 Congress Street, adjacent to Blue.

Cold Brew Growlers

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

bardcoldbrewIced coffee fans take note: starting today Bard Coffee on Middle Street is selling their cold brew ice coffee in growlers. $15 gets you 32 ounces of cold-brew, refills are $10.

Old Port Slice Bar Open

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The Old Port Slice Bar opened earlier this week. The new pizza shop is located at 420 Fore Street in the space that had been the home of Joe’s NY Pizza before a fire damaged the building in 2013.

Mobile Eats: Morsel & Snappy’s

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

A pair of new mobile food vendors have recently launched:

Cafe at the Castle

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

cafeatthecastle2This summer the Friends of Deering Oaks is running a bake sale in the park during the Saturday Farmers’ Market. Baked goods are sourced from Standard Baking, Bam Bam, Ten Ten Pié and C-Salt and the coffee is from CBD.

The bake sale has been getting a steady stream of customers the first couple weeks they’ve been in business from farmers and market customers. Bake sale manager Norine Kotts tells me the hope to soon have some patio furniture set-up at the Castle as well.

The City and Friends of Deering Oaks also hope that having the building open and in use may inspire some local food entrepreneur to lease the space and open a year-round cafe in the park.

Yogurt Valley Open

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

yogurtvalley2A new frozen yogurt shop called Yogurt Valley(facebook, twitter) is now open at 1140 Brighton Ave adjacent to Kon Asian Bistro.

Pockets Now Open

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

A new sandwich shop called Pockets opened yesterday. Pockets is located in the former Orange Leaf/Dunkin Donuts space on the corner of Fore and Market Streets.

New Soakology Opens Today

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The new Soakology(website, facebook, twitter) tea room and spa on Congress Street opens today a 11 am. Located at 511 Congress Street next to Golden Lotus, the new Soakology features an expanded dedicated space both the tea room and foot spa portions of their business.

Portersfield Cider

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

portersfieldciderThe launch and initial bottle release of Portersfield Cider(facebook) took place yesterday at the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market. Portersfield currently has two different styles: Original Dry and Aronia.

New Food Carts: BP’s Shuck Shack, Brûlée Bike, LemonCycle

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

BpsshuckshackA new food cart called BP’s Shuck Shack(facebook, instagram, twitter) has launched. BP’s serves fresh shucked oysters, singly or by the half dozen. Yesterday they were serving Wiley Points and were located down on Commercial Street in front of the Custom House.

A second new food cart, the Brûlée Bike(faccebook, instagram, twitter), will be launching tonight at Flea Bites in West Bayside. Owner Charlie Compton successfully completed a kickstarter campaign earlier this year, exceeding his goal of $1,500 goal to fund the cart.

A third new food cart, LemonCycle(facebook, twitter), which had its own successful Kickstarter, is in the final stages of development and should launch later in July.

Yellow Cart Now Open

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

A new food cart called Yellow Cart(facebook) launched on Thursday. Owner Joel Glatz serves a menu which includes lobster rolls, fish tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches. Yellow Cart was in Monument Square yesterday and expects to operate on Commercial Street on weekdays.

Terlingua Now Open

Thursday, June 25th, 2015


The new Texas BBQ restaurant on Washington Ave called Terlingua(website, instagram, facebook) is now open.

The Blueberry Files has published a first look at Terlingua,

Everything was fantastic – the pork belly that hard-to-achieve combo of tender, but cooked enough to render the fat palatable, then topped with the crunchy pork skin. The whitefish was very smoky and flecked with crunchy bits of onions and peppers. The accompanying habanero dip added a nice slow burn. 

Now Open: Abilene & Joy’s Crepe Cafe

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Two new businesses are now open on Forest Ave:

  • Abilene is located in Woodfords Corner next to Bayou Kitchen. They opened on Friday serving lunch, dinner and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Today’s brunch menu includes options like Spicy Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash, a Roasted Vegetable Benedict, and a Pork Belly LT sandwich. The entrance is at 539 Deering Ave across from Big Sky.
  • Joy’s Crepe Cafe(facebook) opened a couple weeks ago. They’re located at 849 Forest Ave in the former Haggarty’s space. They serve a wide range of sweet crepes, as well as some savory options with lobster, crab, and one with capicola, Canadian ham, pastrami and buffalo turkey.

Tempo Dulu Opens Tonight

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

tempoduluTempo Dulu(facebook, website, open table) held a friends and family-ish dinner dry run last night and opens to the public tonight. The Indonesian restaurant is located in the Danforth Inn at 163 Danforth Street in the West End. Chef Lawrence Klang leads the kitchen and Trevin Hutchins is the creative talent behind the bar.

For more information and photos of the space see this article from Maine magazine.

Pictured on the right is a quail egg amuse bouche from last night’s dinner.

Portland Patisserie Now Open

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

patisserie_logoPortland Patisserie(website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is now open. The French bakery and “grand cafe” is located at the corner of Milk and Market Streets. The pastry chef is Catherine Coté-Eliot, who’s resume includes time at Standard Baking and at Financier in in New York City.

You can find a full menu for Portland Patisserie on their website. The pain au chocolat I had was exceptional.