Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

Roma Opens Today

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The new incarnation of the Roma Cafe (facebook, instagram, website) is scheduled to open today. You can make a reservation on OpenTable.

As you can see from the menu below, chef Anders Tallberg along with co-owners Mike Fraser, and Guy Streitburger are serving a menu of Italian classic such as Caesar Salad, Clams Casino, Tagliatelle Bolognese, Veal Piccata, and Shrimp Scampi. The Roma is located in the West End at 769 Congress Street. The restaurant is donating $1 for every caesar salad sold to Full Plates, Full Potential, a program to fight childhood hunger in Maine.

The original Roma Cafe was founded by Dominic Marino at 489 Congress Street in 1924 and moved to 769 Congress in 1935. The restaurant remained in the Marino family until 1985 when it was bought by Peter Landrigan. The restaurant closed sometime in the early 2000’s.

Rose Foods Now Open

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Rose Foods (website, facebook, instagram) has opened. The bagel shop and cafe is owned by Chad Conley, co owner of Palace Diner.

See below for a full menu. When you go for lunch, be sure to not miss the Pastrami on Rye.

Here are some photos of the food and space from yesterday’s friends and family event and today’s opening.

Popsicle Food Cart

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Paletas (instagram), a new popsicle cart, launched yesterday.

Little Giant Opens Today

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Little Giant (facebook, instagram), the new 60-seat West End restaurant by the owners of Hunt and Alpine, is scheduled to open today at 5pm.


Skordo Now Open

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Skordo (website, facebook, instagram) opened their new retail shop at 372 Fore Street today.

More Openings: Cong Tu Bot, Chaval, Little Giant

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Here’s details on a few more restaurant opening:

Noble Barbecue Now Open

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Noble Barbecue opened yesterday at 1706 Forest Ave. Here’s a look at their menu and the Brisket Sandwich.

Mobile Food: Mr. Tuna, Greeks of Peaks

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Here’s the latest in mobile food news:

Chaval Opens Thursday

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Owners of Chaval (website, instagram, twitter, facebook) have announced plans to open on Thursday.

Three New Seafood Shacks: Fishermen’s, Miller Brothers, Linda Kate

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Three new or returning seafood restaurants have recently opened:

  • Fishermen’s Grill (website) has reopened at their new location, 650 Main St, Westbrook. They plan to eventually add Italian options to their usual menu during dinner service and will be opening a small bar in late July.
  • Miller Brothers Seafood (facebook) has opened in the former Fishermen’s Grill space, 849 Forest Ave. I’ve heard they make some excellent onion rings.
  • Linda Kate (facebook) has opened at 1035 Ocean Ave near the border of Portland and Falmouth. Chef Sam Bergeron is serving a menu of lobster bisque, clam chowder, two types of lobster rolls, crab lettuce wraps and lobster tacos.

Strictly Cold Brew

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

A new food cart called Strictly Cold Brew (instagram, facebook) launched on July 2nd. As the name suggests, they cold brew coffee and are using beans from Swift River Coffee in Raymond.

You should be able to find them on Commercial Street this weekend.

Portland Pulp Opening Friday

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Portland Pulp (website, facebook, instagram) is scheduled to open on Friday.

They are co-located with Head Games at 116 Free Street. Portland Pulp promises a menu of juice, smoothies and chopped salads.

Yes Brewing Opens Today

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Yes Brewing (facebook, instagram) is scheduled to open at today at 3:30. They’re located at 609 Main Street in Westbrook behind Mister Bagel.

The American Journal has published an article about Yes Brewing,

“Our whole angle is to brew normal brew styles with out of the box ingredients to keep things interesting,” [co-owner Cameron] Ingrahim said. “We like interesting beers so we wanted to reflect that here.”

While the brewery will have a standard double dry hopped pale ale, it will also serve a pineapple mosaic Berliner Weisse, a jalapeno pale ale and a mint IPA (India Pale Ale). Customers can purchase five- and 10-ounce pours as well as growlers to take home.

Maiz Colombian Street Food Opening

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Owners Martha Leonard and Niky Walter plan to open Maiz Colombian Street Food (facebook) this Saturday.

Maiz is located on the second floor of the Public Market House. Maiz will serve “modern twists on the traditional Colombian” arepas. In the morning they will also have on the menu a “pan-de-bono, a savory cheese bread made with yucca flour”. Maiz will also serve Colombian coffee and lemonades in fruit and coconut flavors.

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.