Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

Pho Co. Opens Wednesday

Monday, December 5th, 2016

img_2641 Pho Company (facebook) is scheduled to open on Wednesday. Their facebook promises “authentic Vietnamese cuisine made with the freshest ingredients”.

Pho Co. is located on the 2nd floor of the Public Market House along with Ameera Bread, Maine Squeeze, Granny’s, Kamasouptra, and Daily Greens. Another new business called Sticky Sweet is also scheduled to join them in early January.

Tin Pan Bakery Now Open

Wednesday, 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.

Bunker Brewing Opens Today

Friday, November 11th, 2016


The new Bunker Brewing (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) tasting room opens today at noon. It’s located at 17 Westfield Street in Libbytown.

New England Distilling Tasting Room

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

New England Distilling has opened their new tasting room. It’s located at 1 Industrial Way in the  same building as Foundation and Austin Street. The distillery itself will remain down the street at 26 Evergreen.

Under Construction: Hardshore Distilling Co.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Hardshore Distilling Co. has announced they’ll be opening on Thursday October 27th.

The gin is ready and so are we! Our tasting room at 53 Washington Avenue opens Thursday, Oct. 27th at 3 PM. Come have a cocktail and snag a bottle of our inaugural batch of Original Gin.

Portland Meatball Co. Opening Today

Thursday, October 13th, 2016


The Portland Meatball Co. is scheduled to open today. The restaurant is located 104 Exchange Street in the space formerly occupied by Pierre’s on Exchange. PMC is run by Noah Talmatch who also owns Timber steakhouse.

The menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches, soups, pizza as well as a design your own pasta and meatball dish option.

Otto Pizza on Read Street

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that the new Otto’s on Read Street is now open for pick-up and delivery. The dining room is expected to open on Tuesday.

Gelato Fiasco Open Kitchen

Friday, September 23rd, 2016


Gelato Fiasco is launching their Open Kitchen concept today (noon – 8pm) at the Fork Food Lab.

They plan to use the space to “experiment with new flavors and ideas” and to teach gelato making classes. They encourage gelato fans to stop by a try out one of the new flavors their testing.

Fork Food Lab is located at 72 Parris Street. They’ll be holding a grand opening this Tuesday at 6pm.

El Rayo Now Open

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


The new El Rayo Taqueria located at 26 Free Street is now open. They’ll initially be open for breakfast and lunch, adding dinner service later.

Mark’s Sports Now Open

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Mark’s Sports Bar (facebook), the sports bar that took over the former Buck’s Naked BBQ spot on Wharf Street, opened over the weekend.

Scratch Reopened

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016


Scratch Baking Company reopened in Willard Square on Tuesday. Bagel production has been delayed due to an equipment malfunction.

Brea Lu Cafe Now Open

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Brea Lu Cafe (facebook) reopened yesterday at their location, 9 Cumberland Street in Westbrook.

Brea Lu was founded in 1989 and for 27 operated at 428 Forest Ave. Damage from a fire on Valentine’s Day this year forced them to close and owner Christian DeLuca made the decision earlier this summer to move to Westbrook.

Brea Lu is open 6 – 2 (M-F) and 7 – 2 (weekends).

Big J’s Chicken Opened Today

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Chicken and Waffles

Big J’s Chicken (website, facebook, instagram) opened earlier today on Thompson’s Point. It’s set-up as a BYOB restaurant which means you’ll be able to grab a 4-pack from Bissell or a bottle of rye from Stroudwater next door and bring them into Big J’s for your meal.

Big J’s also expects to do a brisk take-out business. They’re launching mobile apps for both iOS and Android that enables patrons to place an order and pay online so pick-up is streamlined. There’s even a take-out window that connects into Bissell Brothers in case you want have your fried chicken dinner in the tasting room.

Here’s a look at the menu:


Big J’s will be open 5 days  a week Wednesday  through Sunday, 11-8.

Dirigo Brewing Opens in 1 Week

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Maine’s newest brewery, Dirigo Brewing Co. (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) is set to open one week from today on August 19th.

Please join our brewmaster Tom Bull, his wife Molly, and their partners Mark and Meesha Paulin on Friday, August 19th to sample Dirigo Brewing Company’s first three offerings: a German Pale Ale; a Rotbier (red ale); and a Schöps Bier (chocolate wheat ale derived from a 16th century Polish recipe).

Dirigo is located in downtown Biddeford in the Riverdam Mill. The doors open at 11am.

Rossobianco Now Open

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Rossobianco (website, facebook, instagram) held a soft opening Wednesday night. Chef Scott London has put together a menu of Northern Italian cuisine to complement the restaurant’s focus on natural wine.

Rossobianco, founded by David Levi and Colleen Callahan, is located at 3 Deering Ave in Bramhall Square. The grand opening is scheduled to take place on Friday.