Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

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.

Evo Opening Today

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

evo_logoEvo(twitter, website, facebook) has announced they’ll be opening tonight. Evo is serving a menu that’s described as a “modern fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines”. Matt Ginn is on staff as the chef de cuisine.

Evo is located at the corner of Fore and Union Streets. It’s run by the Prentice Hospitality Group.

Lincolns Now Open

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

A new bar on Market Street called Lincolns(instagram) is now open. Lincolns was launched by Mark Ohlson, Nathan Drinkwater and Stephen Briggs. All items on the menu are priced at $5, hence the name.

Ramen Suzukiya is Now Open

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

suzukiya_logoRamen Suzukiya(website, facebook) opened tonight. They’re located at 229 Congress Street near the intersection with Washington Ave. The opening night menu includes miso ramen, shoyu ramen, cold noodles and mini rice bowls.

High Roller Lobster Co.

Monday, June 8th, 2015

highroller_logoHigh Roller Lobster Company(instagram, twitter) had  a soft launch yesterday in South Portland. Their formal launch is taking place next Sunday during the Old  Port Festival at Maps Cafe in conjunction with Bissell Brothers.

Figgy’s Now Open

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

figgysFiggy’s Takeout(facebook, instagram, website) opened today.

Chef/owner Natalie ‘Figgy’ DiBenedetto is serving an abbreviated opening week menu of skillet fried chicken, wings, potato salad, cole slaw and house made ice cream sandwiches.

She’ll be expanding to the full Figgy’s menu the following week.

Catbird Creamery Opening Friday

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Caatbird Creamery has announced they’ll be opening their new store in Westbrook on Friday.

It’s happening! We will be open THIS FRIDAY, MAY 29th!!!!!
Everything is not 100%, but we can’t wait any longer! The mural & dedication will be in process for a few weeks, other perks will be available for pickup and being mailed out in the next couple weeks. We can’t believe it, but here we are. Thanks to ALL of you! See you Friday!

West End Rosemont Now Open

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015


The new Rosemont Market in the West End opened earlier today.

They’re located at the corner of Brackett and  Pine Streets. The market will be open until 8pm tonight and 9-6 tomorrow.