Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

Cheevitdee Now Open

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Cheevitdee (facebook, instagram) a new Thai restaurant located in the Old Port opened for business yesterday. The restaurant is located at the corner of Fore and Market Streets.

Owners Nuttaya Suriyayanyong and Darit Chandpen are serving a different take on Thai food. When you go I’d recommend you try the Ping Ngob.

Here’s a look at the menu:


Joe’s Reopens Today

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Joe’s Super Variety, aka Joe’s Smoke Shop, reopens today in their new space in the first floor of the Hiawatha apartment building in Longfellow Square. They plan to be open 8 – 5 today and tomorrow and expand to full regular hours (6 am – 11 pm) starting next week.

Mami Restaurant Opens Today

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Mami (website) food truck owners Austin Miller and Hannah Tamaki are opening their new restaurant at 339 Fore Street in Boothby Square. They held a friends and family dinner service last night and will be open to the public today, 11 – 9.

Farm to Coast Mobile Kitchen

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

A new food truck called Farm to Coast Mobile Kitchen (website, facebook, instagram) launched this past weekend at Barreled Souls in Saco.

The owner is Brian Grossman who graduated from the Atlantic Culinary Academy in 2007 and worked most recently at 50 Local, Bandaloop and Custom Deluxe. The truck is available for catering and “can be found at concerts, festivals, breweries and street corners around southern Maine, featuring a small, constantly changing and seasonally-inspired menu”.

New Food Truck: Mashed

Friday, April 14th, 2017

A new food truck called Mashed (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is launching today. It’s the creation of veteran school teacher Renee Rhoads who is embracing her “lifelong passion for cooking and gardening” by launching a mobile food business. She’s operating out of a 1972 Shasta Compact trailer which she has named Spud.

Mashed plans to serve a menu of about 8 dishes all unified by the common element of being served in a “nest of Maine mashed potatoes”. Rhoads sources her potatoes from Middle Intervale Farm in Bethel.

Mashed will be on the Eastern Prom today, 4-7 pm. Since it’s their first day they’re serving a more limited menu of Haddock Cioppino or British Curry with Tofu and Chick Peas.

Getting excited for this Friday! Haddock isn’t on my original menu, but it is Good Friday, so I thought I would honor my Italian-American heritage with Cioppino. The dish originated on the docks of San Francisco in the late 1800s with Italian immigrants. While some say this fish stew comes from Genoa and means “chopped”, I like the lore that it’s folks “chipping in” to create a delicious stew. I feel like so many people have chipped in to encourage me in this new adventure so it seems perfect.

Mashed will be participating along with other food trucks in 2017 edition of Street Eats and Beats on May 20th on Thompson’s Point.

Battery Steele Opening Saturday

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Battery Steele Brewing (facebook, twitter, instagram, website), Portland’s newest brewery, is slated to open on Saturday.

They are located at 1 Industrial Way, the home of Foundation Brewing and Austin Street as well as the location where Bissell Brothers, Rising Tide and Maine Beer Company all got their start.

Scarborough Holy Donut Open

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The Holy Donut opened their new location on Route 1 in Scarborough Tuesday morning.

BRGR Bar Now Open

Monday, March 13th, 2017

BRGR Bar (instagram, website, facebook) has opened their new location at 11 Brown Street. The restaurant in located in a renovated space that was formerly home to Margarita’s.

Baharat Opening Thursday

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Baharat (facebook, instagram), the new restaurant from the owners of CN Shawarma, plans to open Thursday at 5pm.

Bharat is located in East Bayside in the first floor of the new apartment building at the intersection of Anderson and Fox Streets. The restaurant serves a menu of Middle Eastern cuisine.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Jager Now Open

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Jager (website, instagram, twitter, facebook) is now open. The Bavarian pub and beer bar is located at 41 Wharf Street in the space formerly occupied by Ollo.

Jager is owned by Justin O’Connor and chef Paul Kirschbaum.

Opening Today: Vieux Port Creole, A & C Grocery

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Two new businesses open today:

  • Vieux Port Creole – A Movable  Feast at 431 Congress Street has launched a Cajun and Creole lunch cafe, open 11 – 2:30 Monday through Friday
  • A & C Grocery – Rosemont alum and co-founder of The Farm Stand is launching his new neighborhood market today at 131 Washington Ave, 9 – 7 Monday through Saturday

LB Kitchen Now Open

Friday, February 17th, 2017

LB Kitchen (instagram, facebook) is now open at 249 Congress Street. The breakfast and lunch cafe is the creation of Lee Farrington and Bryna Gootkind, and is located in the former Figa space.

Taco Trio Reopened

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Urban Eye reports that Taco Trio has reopened in South Portland.

“We appreciate all the support from customers and people we didn’t even know. They offered their help,” he added. “The people of South Portland and Portland have been very supportive and are excited we are reopened.”

Trattoria Fanny Now Open

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Trattoria Fanny, David Levi’s new restaurant in Bramhall Square, has opened, according to a report from the Press Herald.

The restaurant’s chef is Siddharta Rumma, whose family had a restaurant in Italy. Rumma has also worked at The Corner Room in Portland, and he helped open Eataly Boston.

Here’s a link to the menu on Facebook.

Izakaya Minato Opens Today

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Izakaya Minato (facebook, instagram) is scheduled to open today. The 36-seat Japanese restaurant is located at 54 Washington Ave next to Terlingua.

Owners Elaine Alden and Thomas Takashi Cooke moved to Portland from San Francisco where Cooke had been the head chef at Tsunami, a sushi restaurant. The couple also spent 3 months in Japan where he staged at an izakaya in Tokyo also called Tsumamina.

Here’s a look at the menu: