Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

Ana’s Mobile Gourmet (Updated)

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


Ana’s Mobile Gourmet, Portland’s newest food truck, launched on Monday. Ana’s serves Salvadoran food: pupusas, taquitos, tamales, quesadillas, and burritos. Snap Reviews spotted them yesterday on West Commercial, and according to Ana’s facebook page the truck plans to be at the the Baxter Boulevard parking lot on Sundays.

Update: Ana’s has announced that their launch has been put on hold. They expect to be back on the road within a month.

Liquid M2 Opening Today

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

liquidm2_logoLiquid M2 (facebook, twitter, website, instagram) a new juice bar and cafe will be opening today at noon.

Liquid M2 is located at 465 Fore Street, across from Miyake and Paciarino. You can see their juice, lunch, dinner and cocktail menus on their website.

Austin Street Launch

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Austin Street Brewing (facebook, twitter) is launching their tasting room this Saturday, 12 – 5 pm. Wick Good food truck will be on-hand for opening day.

Elements in Biddeford and Outliers Eatery will both soon have Austin Street Patina Pale Ale on tap.

India Bazaar Now Open

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Snap Reviews reports that India Bazaar is now open at 1700 Forest Ave.

Now open on outer Forest Ave! Indian grocery – good selection, good prices – and takeaway food coming soon, possibly as soon as 15 minutes after i left yesterday. It smelled amazing; i can’t wait to go back.

According a tip from a regular PFM reader, the signage on the building promises, “Kabob -n- Curry, Fresh Produce – Meats – Spices, Mediterranean Groceries”.

Another Novare Res Chalice App

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

chaliceappAnother team has released an app for tracking progress on the Novare Res Chalice Room beer list. The Chalice App will work on both iPhones and Android devices as well as your computer’s browser.

The Chalice App was developed by Mat Boutet at Big Room Studios.

Vietnam Bakery Now Open

Sunday, March 30th, 2014


Vietnam Bakery had their grand opening on Saturday. They’re located at 267 Saint John Street just a few doors down from Kim’s Sandwich & Cafe.

In addition to Vietnamese baked goods, Vietnam Bakery serves pho and other savory dishes.

Red Sea Restaurant Now Open

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Red Sea Restaurant is holding its grand opening today, 11 am to 10 pm. The restaurant is located at 30 Washington Ave. The menu includes a variety of Eritrean and Ethiopian dishes like Sambusa, Falafel, Zigni as well as vegetarian entrees and rice-based dishes.

New Coffee by Design Opened Today

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Coffee by Design opened their new location in East Bayside today. It’s CBD’s 5th location and the new site for their roastery and corporate headquarters.

See articles from the Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Portland Daily Sun for all the details.

West End Deli Now Open

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The West End Deli opened at their new location (photo) at 545 Congress Street yesterday. The new store is located immediately adjacent to Emilitsa and just a couple blocks away from Monument Square.

Thai 9 Now Open

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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.

Tortilleria Pachanga Launched

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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.

Sweetgrass Opening

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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.

Central Provisions Now Open

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014


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.

For more images from opening night see Maine a la Carte and Active Beer Geek as well as  Instagram photos from Blueberry Files, Sean Wilkinson.

Miyake Diner Opening Tonight

Monday, January 20th, 2014

miyakedinerMiyake Diner (facebook) is opening tonight at 129 Spring Street; the location of the original Miyake restaurant.

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.


Casa Fiesta Now Open

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

casafiestaCasa Fiesta Mexican Bar & Grill is now open. They’re located at 865 Forest Ave.

Also now open on outer Forest Ave is Aladdin Market at 646 Forest Ave in Woodford’s Corner.

Vinland Now Open (Updated)

Friday, December 27th, 2013


Vinland (website, facebook, twitter)opened tonight. The restaurant is located at 593 Congress St, adjacent to Congress Square Park.

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

Update: See this article from the Huffington Post for more info on Vinland.

Mainely Wraps & Daily Greens Opening Today

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

mainelywraps_logoMainely 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.

555′s New Private Dining Room

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

2013-11-25 555 Private Dining ©Jeff Roberts Imaging (8)

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

Photo credit: Jeff Roberts Imaging

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2013-11-25 555 Private Dining ©Jeff Roberts Imaging (7)

2013-11-25 555 Private Dining ©Jeff Roberts Imaging (11)

Otto’s Big Opening

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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 in SoPo Now Open

Monday, November 25th, 2013

otto_sopoOtto 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.