Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

The Jewel Box is Now Open

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

nanlThe Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box (website, twitter, instagram) had a public soft opening last night which they announced earlier in the day to their Kickstarter supporters. The cocktail bar is owned by Nathaniel Meiklejohn (shown right) who has worked at a number of Portland area establishments and was part of the team that ran the successful Pocket Brunch series.

The menu is a compact (hand typed) list of 5 cocktails and one beer that was brewed for the bar in collaboration with In’finiti.

The Jewel Box is located at 644 Congress Street near Longfellow Square. The space and very comfortable curved bar was built out by North by East.


Bonfire Now Open

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Bonfire Country Bar (website, facebook, twitter) opened last night. Bonfire will have a self service beer wall. Red solo cups to serve all drinks.

Bonfire is located at 37 Wharf in the former home of Seawall.

Geary’s Tasting Room Now Open

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

gearysroom_smDL Geary Brewing’s new tasting room and retail store opened yesterday. During the fall and winter they plan on being open 11-4, Monday through Friday.

Geary’s is planning a launch party for the new room next Wednesday. The Maine Brew bus will be providing round-trip shuttle service, 4-7 pm from The Great Lost Bear.

Arcadia Opening Today

Friday, September 5th, 2014

arcadia_logoArcadia National Bar (website, facebook, twitter) held a preview last night to help “get some kinks worked out” and plans on opening today at 4pm. Arcadia is hybrid bar/arcade.

Owners Dave Aceto and Ben Culver ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Arcadia earlier this year that raised nearly $26,000. Arcadia is located at 24 Preble Street in the location formerly occupied by Slainte.

Tandem Bakery Open

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Tandem Coffee’s new location is now in  full operation serving a line of house made baked goods by Briana Holt complemented by Tandem’s fine coffee and service.

The new coffee shop/bakery is located at 742 Congress Street in the West End.

The Farm Stand Opening Friday

Thursday, August 14th, 2014


The Farm Stand (website, facebook) held a preview for friends and family last night. They’re scheduled to open on Friday.

The Farm Stand is a collaboration between Farmers Gate butcher shop in Wales and Jordan Farm in Cape Elizabeth. In addition to produce and pasture-raised meats from Maine the store has a small selection of beer and wine. Manager Joe Fournier tells me they’ll also be adding dry goods and as well as soups and sandwiches to go as the market becomes fully operational.

The Farm Stand is located at 161 Ocean Street in South Portland.

Zest Magazine

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

ZEST MAINEA new magazine, Zest, has been under development in Maine for the last few months, and the first issue is now out.

With this quarterly magazine, we invite you to fish and forage, eat and drink, cultivate and discover as we do. With recipes from your favorite chefs and barkeeps, insightful long-form nonfiction, intriguing profiles and destinations—and the occasional how-to—we mean to keep it fresh and fun; a place for everyone who loves Maine to come and be inspired through the seasons.

The first issue includes:

  • Profiles of and recipes from some of Maine’s top chefs
  • Cocktail improvisations on a theme from bartenders at Hunt & Alpine, Eventide and Central Provisions
  • A profile of Rabelais Books in Biddeford
  • An article about Bresca and the Honey Bee
  • A narrative on smelting in Maine

Zest is being published by Nancy Gordon, who was the founder Maine Home and Design, and edited by Michael S. Sanders, author of Fresh from Maine, From Here You Can’t See Paris, and numerous other books and articles.

I picked up my copy at Longfellow Books. You can find Zest across the state at select culinary stores, bookstores and restaurants.

Maps Cafe Opening Today

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

maps_logoMaps Cafe (facebook) is scheduled to open today at 2 pm. They’re located at 64A Market Street, just down the road from the Salt Cellar.

Maps Cafe is aiming for a “European feel whilst focusing on local Maine produce in a relaxed environment”. They’ll be serving beer, wine, coffee, tea, sandwiches, snacks and sweets.

El Rayo Scarborough Opening on Sunday

Saturday, July 12th, 2014


El Rayo had a friends and family preview dinner Friday night at their beautiful new restaurant in Scarborough. They plan on opening to the public on Sunday.





Maine Farmland Trust Journal

Friday, July 11th, 2014

farmlandjournalThe Maine Farmland Trust has launched a new quarterly publication.

Through Maine Farms, we aim to convey some of what’s happening here, both on the farm and off. Maine is a national leader in the “local foods” movement that is revitalizing farms and communities. Today, farming in Maine is growing and is poised for further growth. It’s a time of experimentation, change, and promise.

Two Openings: Anapurna’s Thali & Thurston’s

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Two more new food business have opened:

  • Vegetarian/vegan food cart Anapurna’s Thali (facebook) last Friday.
  • Thurston’s Wicked Good Burgers (website) has opened in the old KFC location on Forest Ave (here are a couple photos on twitter: 1 and 2)

Slab is Now Open

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014


Slab Sicilian Streetfood (facebook, twitter, website, instagram) is now open. Headliner Stephen Lanzalotta along with partners Jason Loring, Matt Moran, Tobey Moulton and Emily Kingsbury have renovated a portion of the former Portland Public Market (where Scales was located) and have added a large outdoor seating area.

Openings, Openings, Openings….

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

timberbackyardHere are a bevy opening announcements:

Launching: CN Shawarma & the King’s Head

Friday, June 6th, 2014

cnshawarma_logoTwo new opening are taking place today and tomorrow:

  • A new food truck called CN Shawarma (facebook, twitter, website) is launching today at noon on the Eastern Promenade. Owners Clayton Norris and Jenna Friedman are serving a menu of shawarma, falafel, kofta, lentil salad and tabbouleh.
  • King’s Head Pub (facebook) is planning a to hold a soft opening tonight with some “light food” and drinks. The restaurant will be having their official opening with a full menu available on Saturday.

Fishin’ Ships Launched

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

fishinships_logo.mediumFishin’ Ships (facebook, twitter) launched today on Commercial Street near GMRI. If you miss them today stop by Portland Flea-for-All for the monthly Flea Bites food truck street festival and follow them on Twitter to keep informed about where they are located on a daily basis.

Lolita Now Open

Sunday, June 1st, 2014


Lolita (facebook, website) is now open at 90 Congress Street. The restaurant is a partnership between Guy and Stella Hernandez, formerly of Bar Lola, and partner Neil Reiter. The restaurant serves a Mediterranean menu, and has an extensive wine list.

For more on the restaurant check-out  Blueberry Files, Urban Eye, Spoon & Shutter and Eater Maine for photos from the press event last week.

Maine-ly Meatballs Launched

Sunday, June 1st, 2014


The Maine-ly Meatballs (website, facebook) food truck launched on Friday at the Westbrook Together Days festival.

Timber Steakhouse Now Open (Updated)

Thursday, May 29th, 2014


Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie (facebook, website) is now open for business at 106 Exchange Street.

The restaurant is run by Noah and Dan Talmatch who also own The North Point.

Update: for additional reporting see Chris Busby article on Timber and how it fits into the local restaurant scene.

Riverside Grill & Vincenza’s Now Open

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

riversideTwo more opening have taken place over the Memorial Day weekend:

  • Riverside Grill (facebook, website) opened on Friday. It’s located on the Riverside Golf Course in Deering. Steve Quatrucci is the restaurant manager.
  • Vincenza’s Italian Bakery (website, facebook, twitter) opened on Saturday at 10 Exchange Street. This the second location Vincenza’s, the original bakery is located in Saco.

Old Port Spirits Opening Today

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

oldportspirits_logoOld Port Spirits and Cigars (facebook) is opening today at 10 am at 79 Commercial Street in the space formerly occupied by Downeast Beverage.

Old Port Spirits is owned by Jacques deVillier who also runs Old Port Wine further down the street.