Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category
Portlanders now have another way satisfy their craving for Thai food. Thai 9 has opened their new restaurant on upper Exchange Street at the former location of Little Seoul.
Thai 9 opened on February 10. This is their 2nd location, the original Thai 9 is at the Cabella’s plaza in Scarborough.
The Bagor Daily News has a report on the launch of Tortilleria Pachanga.
Her company, Tortilleria Pachanga, is newborn, just weeks old. Using organic, Maine-grown corn, which she mills on the premises with her own grinding stones, Rowe is one of a mere handful of tortilla makers in the Northeast.
“I want to make a really great, fresh tortilla with corn that’s grown from as close as possible,” said the former Spanish teacher, who lives on Munjoy Hill.
That means working with local farmers and selling hours-old tortillas to restaurants, food trucks and specialty markets in Greater Portland.
The Forecaster has a report on the upcoming opening of the Sweetgrass tasting room taking place this Friday.
The grand opening runs from noon to 8 p.m., and the tasting room will be open for regular hours Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Included in the wine and spirit pairings Friday are cupcakes from Kupcakes Inc. in Monument Square and truffles from Dean’s Sweets on Middle Street. Neighboring businesses Just Kim at 366 Fore St., Vena’s Fizz House at 345 Fore St., and Lovely Things at 332 Fore St. will also offer extended hours and sales.
The highly anticipated Central Provisions (website, facebook, twitter) opened tonight at 414 Fore Street. The restaurant featueres a diverse menu of small plates and cocktails and also features a strong wine program. The bottom floor facing Wharf Street is a bar and one flight up on Fore Street is the main dining room and open kitchen.
Central Provisions is owned by Chris and Paige Gould. Gould is a Maine native. Most recently he who worked at the Ken Orringer restaurants Coppa and Uni before the couple moved to Portland.
Patrick McDonald has joined the staff as bar manager and Chris Peterman has been hired to head up the wine program. Macdonald has been working at Gingko Blue and Peterman is running the American Sommelier training program in Portland.
Miyake Diner is styled as a Japanese izakaya bar, a small casual space serving sake, beer and a menu of small plates. The opening night menu will feature dishes like:
Okonomiyaki (photo) – $8.50
Japanese style pancake with cabbage, scallion, and Maine shrimp, bacon or both
Niku Tofu– $8.50
Beef braised in soy and mirin with tofu and yam noodles
Kaisen Chawanmushi – $12.50
Custard with lobster, crab, uni, scallop and mitsuba
Egg, Egg, Egg!!! – $10
Deviled egg topped with uni and wasabi tobiko
as well as some more standard Japsnese fare such as edamame, seaweed salad, miso soup, shumai, and sashimi.
Miyake Diner seats 16 people. It will be open daily 6 pm to 1 am. Joe Ricchio is managing the bar, and Small Axe owners Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy are working in the kitchen alongside chef Masa Miyake.
This is the third restaurant in the Miyake family.
For Friday and Saturday dinner chef/owner David Levi is serving a “$40 three course menu, your choice of starter, main, and dessert” with a full bar. For reservation email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: See this article from the Huffington Post for more info on Vinland.
Mainely Wraps (website, facebook) will open their Portland cafe at 339 Fore Street in Boothby Square today. This will be the 3rd location for Mainely Wraps which also has shops in Old Orchard Beach and Scarborough. Mainely Wraps was founded by Rich & Naphtali Maynard.
In separate news, Bangor Daily News reporter Kathleen Pierce has tweeted that Daily Greens, will also be opening today in the Public Market House. Presumably this is the much improved name of Azure, the new salad booth that’s been under construction since late August at the Public Market House.
Five Fifty-Five created a beautiful new private dining room on the 3rd floor of their building. The room can be set up in a number of different configurations and seats a maximum of 30-35. A projection screen is available for business presentations.
There are only a handful of private dining rooms in Portland and so this space begins to address that need. Hopefully some of the other restaurants in town also follow Five Fifty-Five’s lead.
For more information on the room contact Sarah Allenby, Five Fifty-Five’s manager of marketing and events at email@example.com.
Photo credit: Jeff Roberts Imaging
The Bangor Daily News has posted a report on Otto’s opening of their new restaurant in South Portland.
“This is wicked good,” said City Councilor Linda Cohen, grabbing a butternut squash, ricotta and cranberry slice at the soft opening Monday night.
Judging by the turnout, OTTO’s eighth store, in a renovated garage, and second new shop in two weeks, is in the right place at the right time.
“They wanted us here,” said co-owner Anthony Allen, mingling with customers and handing out free pizza. “It’s nice to be wanted.”
Otto Pizza’s new South Portland location is open tonight serving “Free pizza and $5 beer/wine (cash only)”. They’ll be going into full operation for lunch tomorrow starting at 11am.
SoPo Otto is located at 159 Cottage Rd just across the street from Red’s Dairy Freeze.
The Little Jamaica (facebook) food cart launched last week. The cart is owned by Derrick Anderson.
You can see a full menu online, it includes items like jerk chicken, escovitch fried snapper, curried goat and oxtail.
A new bakery, Mainly Grains Bakers (facebook), opened this past week in South Portland. Mainly Grains is run by Deb and baker Carlos Garcia. Carlos Garcia comes from a family of bakers and its been Carlos Garcia’s ambition to open a shop of his own.
Mainly Grains Bakers sell a range of breads (I recommend the seeded Prairie Bread), danish and turnovers (apple, blueberry, raspberry) and cookies.
The bakery is located at 904 Broadway and they’re open Tuesday through Sunday. They’re open today until 1 pm.
There are a number of changes taking place on Exchange Street:
- The Mornings in Paris coffee shop at 13 Exchange Street is closing down sometime next month. From what I’ve heard the owners are closing their Portland location in order to focus their energies on the MiP in Kennebunk.
- The new Holy Donut location at 7 Exchange Street is scheduled to open this coming Wednesday at 7 am.
- North Point owner Daniel Talmatch is launching a steakhouse. He’s hasn’t signed a lease yet but hopes to locate the new restaurant at 106 Exchange, the longtime home of Oriental Table.
El Tipico, a new Dominican restaurant, has opened on 539 Deering Ave in the space formerly occupied by StarEast Cafe. The owner is Julio Vinas. The restaurant opened a week and a half ago on Saturday, September 14.
Two other changes worth noting on outer Forest: Euro Market has closed and Al Huda has changed its name to Babylon.
I went for dinner with some friends tonight and had a fine evening. If you stop by for dinner try out the melanzane or sarde appetizers, and the porcellino and pasta fatta entrees. You can see the current menu online on Piccolo’s website.
Empire Chinese Kitchen (website, facebook) has now opened at 575 Congress Street. The venue has been completely recast by owners Theresa Chan and Todd Bernard as a Chinese dim sum restaurant—harkening back to the building’s early 20th century past as a Chinese restaurant. Despite the rain, the restaurant was packed when The Blueberry Files and I stopped by for dinner.
According to the Press Herald,
The menu, a press release sent out today says, will feature “truly authentic Chinese cuisine and Dim Sum. The menu of traditional and modern ‘Chinese soul food’ will feature local meats, seafoods, and seasonal produce. The kitchen will be headed by a Dim Sum Master Chef with 40 years’ experience creating specialty dumplings in world class kitchens around the world.”
For more details see today’s article about Empire from the Bangor Daily News.
Historical tidbit: Maine’s first Chinese restaurant was opened on Custom House Wharf by Ar Tee Lam in 1880.