Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

The Farm Stand Opening Friday

Thursday, August 14th, 2014


The Farm Stand (website, facebook) held a preview for friends and family last night. They’re scheduled to open on Friday.

The Farm Stand is a collaboration between Farmers Gate butcher shop in Wales and Jordan Farm in Cape Elizabeth. In addition to produce and pasture-raised meats from Maine the store has a small selection of beer and wine. Manager Joe Fournier tells me they’ll also be adding dry goods and as well as soups and sandwiches to go as the market becomes fully operational.

The Farm Stand is located at 161 Ocean Street in South Portland.

Zest Magazine

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

ZEST MAINEA new magazine, Zest, has been under development in Maine for the last few months, and the first issue is now out.

With this quarterly magazine, we invite you to fish and forage, eat and drink, cultivate and discover as we do. With recipes from your favorite chefs and barkeeps, insightful long-form nonfiction, intriguing profiles and destinations—and the occasional how-to—we mean to keep it fresh and fun; a place for everyone who loves Maine to come and be inspired through the seasons.

The first issue includes:

  • Profiles of and recipes from some of Maine’s top chefs
  • Cocktail improvisations on a theme from bartenders at Hunt & Alpine, Eventide and Central Provisions
  • A profile of Rabelais Books in Biddeford
  • An article about Bresca and the Honey Bee
  • A narrative on smelting in Maine

Zest is being published by Nancy Gordon, who was the founder Maine Home and Design, and edited by Michael S. Sanders, author of Fresh from Maine, From Here You Can’t See Paris, and numerous other books and articles.

I picked up my copy at Longfellow Books. You can find Zest across the state at select culinary stores, bookstores and restaurants.

Maps Cafe Opening Today

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

maps_logoMaps Cafe (facebook) is scheduled to open today at 2 pm. They’re located at 64A Market Street, just down the road from the Salt Cellar.

Maps Cafe is aiming for a “European feel whilst focusing on local Maine produce in a relaxed environment”. They’ll be serving beer, wine, coffee, tea, sandwiches, snacks and sweets.

El Rayo Scarborough Opening on Sunday

Saturday, July 12th, 2014


El Rayo had a friends and family preview dinner Friday night at their beautiful new restaurant in Scarborough. They plan on opening to the public on Sunday.





Maine Farmland Trust Journal

Friday, July 11th, 2014

farmlandjournalThe Maine Farmland Trust has launched a new quarterly publication.

Through Maine Farms, we aim to convey some of what’s happening here, both on the farm and off. Maine is a national leader in the “local foods” movement that is revitalizing farms and communities. Today, farming in Maine is growing and is poised for further growth. It’s a time of experimentation, change, and promise.

Two Openings: Anapurna’s Thali & Thurston’s

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Two more new food business have opened:

  • Vegetarian/vegan food cart Anapurna’s Thali (facebook) last Friday.
  • Thurston’s Wicked Good Burgers (website) has opened in the old KFC location on Forest Ave (here are a couple photos on twitter: 1 and 2)

Slab is Now Open

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014


Slab Sicilian Streetfood (facebook, twitter, website, instagram) is now open. Headliner Stephen Lanzalotta along with partners Jason Loring, Matt Moran, Tobey Moulton and Emily Kingsbury have renovated a portion of the former Portland Public Market (where Scales was located) and have added a large outdoor seating area.

Openings, Openings, Openings….

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

timberbackyardHere are a bevy opening announcements:

Launching: CN Shawarma & the King’s Head

Friday, June 6th, 2014

cnshawarma_logoTwo new opening are taking place today and tomorrow:

  • A new food truck called CN Shawarma (facebook, twitter, website) is launching today at noon on the Eastern Promenade. Owners Clayton Norris and Jenna Friedman are serving a menu of shawarma, falafel, kofta, lentil salad and tabbouleh.
  • King’s Head Pub (facebook) is planning a to hold a soft opening tonight with some “light food” and drinks. The restaurant will be having their official opening with a full menu available on Saturday.

Fishin’ Ships Launched

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

fishinships_logo.mediumFishin’ Ships (facebook, twitter) launched today on Commercial Street near GMRI. If you miss them today stop by Portland Flea-for-All for the monthly Flea Bites food truck street festival and follow them on Twitter to keep informed about where they are located on a daily basis.

Lolita Now Open

Sunday, June 1st, 2014


Lolita (facebook, website) is now open at 90 Congress Street. The restaurant is a partnership between Guy and Stella Hernandez, formerly of Bar Lola, and partner Neil Reiter. The restaurant serves a Mediterranean menu, and has an extensive wine list.

For more on the restaurant check-out  Blueberry Files, Urban Eye, Spoon & Shutter and Eater Maine for photos from the press event last week.

Maine-ly Meatballs Launched

Sunday, June 1st, 2014


The Maine-ly Meatballs (website, facebook) food truck launched on Friday at the Westbrook Together Days festival.

Timber Steakhouse Now Open (Updated)

Thursday, May 29th, 2014


Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie (facebook, website) is now open for business at 106 Exchange Street.

The restaurant is run by Noah and Dan Talmatch who also own The North Point.

Update: for additional reporting see Chris Busby article on Timber and how it fits into the local restaurant scene.

Riverside Grill & Vincenza’s Now Open

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

riversideTwo more opening have taken place over the Memorial Day weekend:

  • Riverside Grill (facebook, website) opened on Friday. It’s located on the Riverside Golf Course in Deering. Steve Quatrucci is the restaurant manager.
  • Vincenza’s Italian Bakery (website, facebook, twitter) opened on Saturday at 10 Exchange Street. This the second location Vincenza’s, the original bakery is located in Saco.

Old Port Spirits Opening Today

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

oldportspirits_logoOld Port Spirits and Cigars (facebook) is opening today at 10 am at 79 Commercial Street in the space formerly occupied by Downeast Beverage.

Old Port Spirits is owned by Jacques deVillier who also runs Old Port Wine further down the street.

Clark Street Market & Deli

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Clark Street Market & Deli has opened at 81 Clark Street, near the intersection with Danforth.

Coastal Root Cocktail Bitters

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

coastalrootbottleOwner Nolan Stewart has announced that Coastal Root Cocktail Bitters (facebook, website) have cleared their final federal regulatory approval for production and sale.

Their first batch of aromatic bitters will go on sale today at Vena’s Fizz House.

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.