Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

Edible Maine Launched

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Edible Maine released the first issue of their magazine yesterday.

Editor Michael Sanders has assembled a strong team of writers and photographers including Russell French, Ted Axelrod, Claire Jeffers, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, John Myers, Christine Burns Rudalevige and Kate Shaffer.

1820 Wines Release

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Eighteen Twenty Wines released their first batch of rhubarb wine yesterday. The East Bayside business delivered  the first few bottles to Hannigan’s Island Market on Peaks Island.

North43 Now Open

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

North43 Bistro has opened. The South Portland restaurant is located at 1 Spring Point Drive in the location formerly occupied by Joe’s Boathouse.

Stephanie Brown is the chef at North43. Bowman was the chef/owner of Sea Grass Bistro in Yarmouth for a number of years before closing the restaurant in 2013.

Commercial Street Gorgeous Gelato

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Gorgeous Gelato launched their new Commercial Street gelato cart over the weekend.

Blyth and Burrows Opens Today

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Blyth & Burrows (website, facebook, instagram, twitter), a multifaceted cocktail bar located at 26 Exchange Street, is scheduled to open today at 4pm. The bar is owned by Josh Miranda.

Blyth & Burrows held a media preview earlier this week. You can more about the bar, its menu and the layout of its space in articles by The Blueberry Files, Peter Peter Portland Eater, and Urban Eye.

Here’s an excerpt from TBF’s article,

When you first enter off Exchange St., you’re in the showiest part of the space, complete with a library ladder to access top shelf bottles. The bar staff is made up of Sur Lie and EVO alums, so expect a similar style bar menu, with specialty cocktails involving lesser known ingredients like Carpano Antica and housemade ingredients like a spruce tip cordial.

The name is a reference to Captain Samuel Blyth from the HMS Boxer and Lieutenant William Burrows of the USS Enterprise who were buried in the Eastern Cemetery and died during an naval battle between their ships in Casco Bay in 1813.

Hakka Me Food Truck

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

A new Cantonese food truck called Hakka Me (website, facebook) was spotted on Spring Street yesterday on their first day in business by Eating Portland Alive.

According to their website, “Hakka Me is a blend of local ingredients, imported spices, and techniques passed down many generations” that shares the owners family recipes with the people of Portland.

HiFi Donuts Now Open (Updated)

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

A new shop called HiFi Donuts (website) has opened at 30 Monument Way in the space formerly occupied by Hero’s.

Update: Both the Press Herald and Urban Eye have published articles about HiFi Donuts.

Maine Beer Box

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

The Maine Beer Box, a shipping container beer tap system, is headed to Iceland, reports the Press Herald.

The project is a partnership between the Maine Brewers Guild and Eimskip, the Icelandic shipping company that has its U.S. headquarters in Portland. The guild plans to ship the container every year to a different port on Eimskip’s shipping routes. The aim is to market Maine’s craft beer industry overseas and encourage brewers to consider foreign exports as a way to grow their companies, Sean Sullivan, executive director of the brewers guild, said during a send-off event for the beer box at the International Marine Terminal in Portland on Friday.

Lazzari Opened Yesterday

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Lazzari (facebook) opened for business last night serving drinks and an abbreviated menu of small plates and wood-fired pizza. Lazzari is located at 618 Congress Street in a fully renovated space that used to house Mesa Verde.

They plan on operating with an abbreviated menu for another two nights.

Casco Bay Creamery Opened

Monday, May 29th, 2017

A mini ice cream shop called Casco Bay Creamery (instagram) opened on Saturday in the information booth along the walking trail opposite 17 Commercial Street.

New Orleans Food Cart Launches Today

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

A new food cart called Eaux (instagram) is set to launch today at noon. Chef/owner, and New Orleans native, Evan Richardson will serve Jambalaya and a rotating menu of dishes made with “local ingredients…and New Orleans technique and flavors”.

Eaux will be in East Bayside at Lone Pine Brewing, noon to 6pm.

Luis’s Arepera & Grill Has Opened

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Luis’s Arepera & Grill (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) opened their new Portland restaurant earlier this week. Luis’s has renovated and moved into 948 Forest Ave which from 1952 until 2015 was the home of Vivian’s Drive-In.

According to their Facebook page, they’re open Monday through Friday, 11 am to 7 pm.

Thainy Boda Launches Thursday

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Boda will be launching their new “sassy sibling” food truck Thainy Boda (instagram, twitter) on Thursday when they plan to be at Rising Tide.

See their full schedule on instagram.

Maine Cookbooks by Rudalevige, Jubinsky and Ahearn

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Three new cookbooks by Maine authors are being released:

  • Christine Burns Rudalevige has written Green Plate Special where she “shares her recipes for sustainable and delicious meals, alongside tips and tricks for greening your kitchen and making the most of your produce. From the farmer’s market to the dessert plate, this book is filled with ideas that will surprise and delight home cooks and eco-advocates, including recipes for meatless mains, summer barbecue favorites, and mouth-watering side dishes.”
  • Annemarie Ahearn has written Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm which “invites you to a series of magical, seasonal suppers where friends gather around the table to celebrate the bounty of land and sea. This menu-driven cookbook offers twelve beautifully crafted meals derived from more than one hundred sold-out dinners at Salt Water Farm, the author’s cooking school in Maine.”
  • Sandy and Michael Jubinsky have written No Passport Required, “A blend of international but very doable dishes and a breezy, casual style make for a cookbook that’s as much fun to read as it is to use.”

Tidwalker Bourbon Release

Friday, May 5th, 2017

New England Distilling is set to release Tidewalker, their Straight Bourbon Whiskey on Saturday.

According to the press release:

Tidewalker is a small batch, big barrel, wheated bourbon, aged for at least 2 years in new charred oak barrels. At 88 proof, it has notes and aromas of toasted oak, pecan, coffee, maple, dark chocolate, apricot, tobacco, green tea,
and caramel— with a long smooth finish.

The doors open at their distillery at 10 am. I’ve been waiting for this since January 2015, so I know where I plan to be Saturday morning.