Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

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.

West End Rosemont Opening

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

rosemonttruckSoon after the new West End location passed its final inspection yesterday afternoon Rosemont Market had a truck of supplies on its way to stock the shelves.

Rosemont hopes to be open to the public this weekend and may be open as soon as this afternoon.


This Week’s Events: Bard Coffee, Lois’, Black Box, Wich Please

Monday, May 18th, 2015

bardrenovatedMonday — it’s the opening of the newly renovated Bard Coffee.

TuesdayLois’ Natural Marketplace is opening their new India Street location, there will be a local foods networking breakfast at Local Sprouts, Rosemont on Brighton is holding a wine tasting.

Wednesday — The Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — a beer and cheese tasting is taking place at the Public Market House.

Saturday — the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — Black Birch will be the guest chefs at The Bearded Lady for Black Box.

wichpleaseWich, PleaseFrom Away co-author Malcolm Bedell is launching his new Rockland food truck, Wich, Please, on Tuesday. It’s located in Buoy Park on the Rockland waterfront. You can see a full menu on the WP website.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Evo Opening June 7

Monday, May 18th, 2015

The owners of Evo(twitter, website, facebook, instagram) have announced they’ll be opening on June 7. The “53-seat kitchen and bar…will serve a modern fusion of Eastern Mediterranean cuisines”.

Evo is located in the Hyatt Hotel at the Corner of Fore and Union. It’s owned by the Prentice Hospitality Group which also owns the Chebeague Island Inn and is leading the development of the Portland Company complex on Munjoy Hill.


Mobile Eats: Cannoli Joe’s & The Marshmallow Cart

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Two mobile eateries launched today at the Street Eats & Beats festival:

2 Openings: Union, Crooners & Cocktails

Friday, May 15th, 2015

unionTwo new venues are holding their official openings today:

  • Crooners & Cocktails(website, facebook, twitter) had a one night soft opening last Saturday and is holding their grand opening today at 4pm.
  • Union Restaurant(website) in The Press Hotel has been sporadically open this week with a limited menu. Today they’re holding a ribbon cutting for the hotel at 4pm. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner service with a full menu begins on Saturday.

Milly’s Skillet Open

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

millys_menuMilly’s Skillet(website, facebook), a new food truck on Peaks Island, launched yesterday on Peaks Island.

Owner Molly Ritzo has leased the Wicked Good Street Kitchen food truck at Jones Landing where she’s serving a menu of “small breakfast menu and gourmet picnic-style sandwiches”.

Upcoming Openings: Lois’ Natural Market, Figgy’s, Bite into Maine

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Lois’ Natural Marketplace has announced they’ll be opening their new store in Portland on May 19th.

Figgy’s Takeout is expecting to open their shop on Walker Street by the end of May.

Bite into Maine has announced they’re opening their food truck in Fort Williams Park for season on May 9th.

A Few Changes: Wing Lee, Tawakal Halal, Arabian Days, Discount Halal (Updated)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Wing Lee II has opened on Saint John Street in the space formerly occupied by Jan Mae. The original Wing Lee is located in Scarborough.

Tawakal Halal and the Arabian Days coffee shop have cleared out of 3 Deering Ave in Bramhall Square freeing up some retail space in an increasingly popular stretch of Congress Street.

Earlier this month Discount Halal closed their shop on Washington Ave. The space is now for rent.

Taqueria Tequila has gone out of business. The space at 249 Saint John Street is for rent.

MK Kitchen Opening Sunday

Friday, April 17th, 2015

MK Kitchen(website, facebook) have announced they’ll be opening this coming Sunday. MK is the creation of Mitchell Kaldrovich, former chef at the Inn by the Sea, and his wife Lisa who has worked the past 8 years at Fore Street. MK Kitchen will serve a menu of contemporary American cuisine which Kaldrovich described earlier this year as “simple handmade food, all from scratch from desserts to pastas”.

The Honey Paw Opening Today (Updated)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


The Honey Paw(instagram, twitter, facebook) is scheduled to open today at noon. The “non-denominational noodle restaurant” has been launched the owners of Hugo’s and Eventide: Arlin Smith, Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley.

The Honey Paw menu is organized into 5 unnamed, numerically designated sections: 001 – 005. Essentially breaking down into: bar snacks, appetizers, noodle-based dishes, entrees and dessert.

When you go be sure to try the Wok Fried Wide Rice Noodles with squid, mussels, Chinese sausage and scallions.

Update: The Blueberry Files has posted some photos from her first meal at The Honey Paw.

Home Catering Now Open

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

homecateringHome Catering Company (website, instagram, facebook) is now open.

Owners Matt Chamberlain and Brian Kowtko have transformed the former Miyake Diner space at 129 Spring Street into a small neighborhood market be selling prepared foods and sandwiches along with a selection of beer and wine.

The Sinful Kitchen Now Open

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

11055638_341577419384048_1733346659_nThe Sinful Kitchen(facebook, website) is now open. Chef David Mallari plans to serve brunch 5 days a week, Wednesday through Sunday. It’s located at 906 Brighton Ave in the building formerly occupied by La Familia.

The Sinful Kitchen Opening Sunday

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Chef David Mallari has announced plans to open The Sinful Kitchen(facebook, website) this Sunday, 8-2.

The last inspection passed!
We are going to do a soft opening for the general public this coming Sunday 3/29 from 8-2pm.
We will then start our regular business hours on Wednesday, April 1st.

The restaurant will be serving brunch menu 5 days a week, Wednesday through Sunday.

Isa Is Now Open (Updated)

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

isa_dessertIsa(facebook, website) is opening for business tonight. Owners Suzie St. Pierre and Isaul Perez have a number of years experience working in restaurants in New York City. It’s billed as a “cozy neighborhood bistro serving an eclectic yet seasonally driven menu“.

The restaurant is located at 79 Portland Street just a couple doors down from Back Bay Grill. Isa will be open 6 days a week Wednesday through Monday. They’ll initially be serving just dinner but plan to eventually be open daily 11am – close.

Update: The Golden Dish has published a first look post on Isa.

Flock & Vine

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Flock & Vine have moved their wine and bicycle repair shop from Cape Elizabeth to 64 E Street in South Portland’s Knightsville neighborhood.

Otherside Delicatessen Open

Friday, February 6th, 2015


Owner Pete Sueltenfuss opened the Otherside Delicatessen (facebook) yesterday. The Otherside is located  at 164 Veranda Street near the Washington Ave exit from 295. They serve a line up of pizzas, grinders and sandwiches made with house-cured meats. Beer, wine, and other neighborhood market staples are also for sale.

The Treehouse

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Eater Maine has published a report on The Treehouse, the renamed and recently reopened new incarnation of The Cafe at Pat’s.

After years away from The Cafe, the neighborhood spot he built at 484 Stevens Avenue, owner/chef Greg Gilman has returned. He reopened The Cafe as The Treehouse on January 23, offering a similar menu and even staffed with a similar team, for those who pine for the way things used to be.

Otherside Delicatessen Opening Thursday

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

othersidePete Sueltenfuss is planning to open his new market in East Deering, the Otherside Delicatessen(facebook), this Thursday. The Otherside will sell house butchered and cured meats, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, prepared meals to go as well as market staples.

Hours at the Otherside will be: Monday – Friday 8 -7, Saturday 9 – 6 and closed on Sunday.

Since moving to to Maine from Massachusetts, Sueltenfuss has worked for Fore Street, Miyake, Rosemont and helped launch District. For two years until early 2014 he was the executive chef at Grace.

Cartender Delivery Service

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

cartender_logoA new Portland delivery service called Cartender(website, facebook, 207-200-3125) launched yesterday. Cartender has partnered with Old Port Spirits to “deliver beer, wine, spirits, and mixers to your door”. Cartender operates 7 days a week: 4-8pm M-Th, 3-8 on Fri, and 12-8 on the weekends.

For more information read this article on Active Beer Geek,

Have you ever been sitting in your apartment in Portland and wanted a beer but didn’t want to go anywhere? Jim O’Brien and Scott Nevers has created a service that was perfectly designed for that occasion, Cartender. It’s a delivery service that brings beer, wine, spirits and mixers to your Portland residence. You place your order online and they drive it to you.