Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

Release of Bring Back Breakfast

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Mast Landing and Battery Steele have collaborated with Standard Baking to produce a 8.8% Imperial Stout called Bring Back Breakfast. The beer was brewed with Standard morning buns and vanilla beans. They’re releasing Bring Back Breakfast on October 25th.

Little Woodfords Opening Friday

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Little Woodfords (website, instagram, twitter, facebook) has announced plans to open this Friday, 7am – 2pm. They are located at 643 Forest Ave.

Little Woodfords will be serving coffee from Vivid Coffee Roasters in Winooski, Vermont.

Veebie has Launched

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

A new food service has launched in the Old Port. Veebie (website, facebook, instagram) partners with local restaurants to handle online ordering and distribution of a set menu each day. Think of it like a modern day automat.

To use the service, customers order and pay for their meal on (menus go live at 9am) and then pick up one of the premade dishes out of the “cubbies” assigned to them at the time of purchase. The kiosk is located in front of the Nickelodeon Theater.

The current version of Veebie is a prototype without locking compartments so an attendant is in place to help out. Future versions of Veebie will have digitally controlled locks and the option for both hot and cold meals.

The current list of restaurants working with Veebie are: Daily Greens, Union Kitchen, Sisters Gourmet Deli, B Good, and Foodworks.

Mainely Wraps Now Open

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Maine Wraps has opened their new location at 431 Congress Street. This marks a return to Portland for Mainely Wraps which had previously operated a sandwich shop in Boothby Square.

Higher Grounds Now Open

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Higher Grounds (website, facebook, instagram) is now open. The new coffee shop and apothecary is located at 45 Wharf street.

Higher Grounds serves coffee from Speckled Ax.

Scratch Toast Bar

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

The Scratch Toast Bar opened on Friday at 205 Broadway in South Portland. Here’s a look at their menu.

Scratch Toast Bar

Sunday, October 8th, 2017 has posted a first look at Scratch Baking’s new Toast Bar in South Portland.

The doors opened on Friday, Oct. 6 and I paid a visit the next morning to what was already a bustling location. Coffee by Design cofffee was on the ready, the space is bright and airy and yep, there were plenty of bagels to be had with various toppings along with English muffins and entire loaves you could take home. The buzz has been strong about this opening because fans of the Scratch finally have a place to plunk down and enjoy bagels.

Eventide Fenway Opens Today

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Eater Boston has posted a report on the new Eventide in Boston.

On the menu at Eventide Fenway, aside from the lobster roll, there are oysters, of course — a mix of Maine and Massachusetts types, served by the half dozen and dozen alongside a choice of two accoutrements, from red wine mignonette to pickled red onion ice. There are crudos and tartares on the cold side, while hot dishes include a green curry lobster stew, fish sandwich, and clam chowder. On the side, nori-dusted potato chips and more.

Blue Lobster Wine Co.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Blue Lobster Wine Company (facebook, website, instagram) launched earlier this month. The”urban winery” import wine and packages it in kegs for service at restaurants as well as in cans for retail sales.

We are Blue Lobster Wine Company, a small urban winery in Portland, Maine. We’re dedicated to bringing exceptional small batch wines to you from wineries from all over in convenient go-anywhere cans and also on tap in restaurants starting summer 2017. We are excited to announce the first release of our Rose and Bayside Blend. Why cans and kegs? Convenient, sustainable, economical and little waste. Stay tuned for the the next two beautiful wines coming soon – Unoaked Chardonnay and Zinfandel.

Blue Lobster wine is available at Bayside Bowl and Taco Trio. Cans are for sale at the Bier Cellar, The Farm Stand and The Honey Exchange.

Nom Bai Food Truck

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

A new food truck called Nom Bai (instagram, facebook) launched over the weekend. They serve a menu of “Cambodian and Vietnamese street food”. Sovanna Neang is managing Nom Bai in collaboration with Matthew Glatz from Saltbox Cafe who owns the truck.

Nom Bai plans to be on Spring Street 11-3 today and tomorrow, and on the Eastern Prom on Sunday, 11-3.

Bruno’s Pasta Co.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

MaineBiz has published an article about Bruno’s Pasta Company.

Napolitano, the general manager of Bruno’s Restaurant and Tavern, bought the extruder — a machine that makes rounded and hollow pasta — for a few hundred dollars. That purchase spurred the idea and now new state-of-the-art equipment imported from Italy is making ravioli by the batch in the Bruno Pasta Co.’s new commercial kitchen on Read Street in Portland.

Nonesuch River Brewing Now Open

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Nonesuch River Brewing (website, facebook) opened their “craft brewery + seasonally inspired restaurant” in Scarborough on Thursday. They’re open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Island Creek Oyster Opens Today

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The Island Creek Oyster Shop (website, instagram, twitter, facebook) is scheduled to open today, noon – 8. Island Creek is serving an assortment of oysters from Maine and Massachusetts, littleneck clams, tinned seafood as well as beer and wine. They’ll also be selling shellfish to go.

Here’s an excerpt from their press release:

The Shop gives guests an opportunity to engage with local products in a casual setting, underscored by the deep understanding of aquaculture Island Creek Oysters is known for. Seasonal seafood offerings for purchase include local bivalves such as Little Island oysters from the Bagaduce River and Mookie Blues oysters from Damariscotta, Maine. Inspired by the heritage of Maine’s canneries, The Shop will feature a selection of international tinned fish and caviar. A rotating selection of champagne and wines by the glass will complement The Shop’s simple, ingredient-forward menu. With 75 total seating capacity inside and outside on the seasonal patio, The Shop is designed to reflect Island Creek’s stripped-down, product driven approach to farming oysters and the people who grow them – the oyster is the focal point.

Island Creek is located at 123 Washington Ave. They’re the latest of a string of new restaurants and bars that have opened on inner Washington over the last couple years, including Oxbow, Drifters Wife, Izakaya Minato, Hardshore, Maine Craft Distilling, Cong Tu Bot and A&C Grocery.


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.