Archive for the ‘Openings’ Category

Under Construction: Hardshore Distilling Co.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Hardshore Distilling Co. has announced they’ll be opening on Thursday October 27th.

The gin is ready and so are we! Our tasting room at 53 Washington Avenue opens Thursday, Oct. 27th at 3 PM. Come have a cocktail and snag a bottle of our inaugural batch of Original Gin.

Portland Meatball Co. Opening Today

Thursday, October 13th, 2016


The Portland Meatball Co. is scheduled to open today. The restaurant is located 104 Exchange Street in the space formerly occupied by Pierre’s on Exchange. PMC is run by Noah Talmatch who also owns Timber steakhouse.

The menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches, soups, pizza as well as a design your own pasta and meatball dish option.

Otto Pizza on Read Street

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that the new Otto’s on Read Street is now open for pick-up and delivery. The dining room is expected to open on Tuesday.

Gelato Fiasco Open Kitchen

Friday, September 23rd, 2016


Gelato Fiasco is launching their Open Kitchen concept today (noon – 8pm) at the Fork Food Lab.

They plan to use the space to “experiment with new flavors and ideas” and to teach gelato making classes. They encourage gelato fans to stop by a try out one of the new flavors their testing.

Fork Food Lab is located at 72 Parris Street. They’ll be holding a grand opening this Tuesday at 6pm.

El Rayo Now Open

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


The new El Rayo Taqueria located at 26 Free Street is now open. They’ll initially be open for breakfast and lunch, adding dinner service later.

Mark’s Sports Now Open

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Mark’s Sports Bar (facebook), the sports bar that took over the former Buck’s Naked BBQ spot on Wharf Street, opened over the weekend.

Scratch Reopened

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016


Scratch Baking Company reopened in Willard Square on Tuesday. Bagel production has been delayed due to an equipment malfunction.

Brea Lu Cafe Now Open

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Brea Lu Cafe (facebook) reopened yesterday at their location, 9 Cumberland Street in Westbrook.

Brea Lu was founded in 1989 and for 27 operated at 428 Forest Ave. Damage from a fire on Valentine’s Day this year forced them to close and owner Christian DeLuca made the decision earlier this summer to move to Westbrook.

Brea Lu is open 6 – 2 (M-F) and 7 – 2 (weekends).

Big J’s Chicken Opened Today

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Chicken and Waffles

Big J’s Chicken (website, facebook, instagram) opened earlier today on Thompson’s Point. It’s set-up as a BYOB restaurant which means you’ll be able to grab a 4-pack from Bissell or a bottle of rye from Stroudwater next door and bring them into Big J’s for your meal.

Big J’s also expects to do a brisk take-out business. They’re launching mobile apps for both iOS and Android that enables patrons to place an order and pay online so pick-up is streamlined. There’s even a take-out window that connects into Bissell Brothers in case you want have your fried chicken dinner in the tasting room.

Here’s a look at the menu:


Big J’s will be open 5 days  a week Wednesday  through Sunday, 11-8.

Dirigo Brewing Opens in 1 Week

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Maine’s newest brewery, Dirigo Brewing Co. (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) is set to open one week from today on August 19th.

Please join our brewmaster Tom Bull, his wife Molly, and their partners Mark and Meesha Paulin on Friday, August 19th to sample Dirigo Brewing Company’s first three offerings: a German Pale Ale; a Rotbier (red ale); and a Schöps Bier (chocolate wheat ale derived from a 16th century Polish recipe).

Dirigo is located in downtown Biddeford in the Riverdam Mill. The doors open at 11am.

Rossobianco Now Open

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Rossobianco (website, facebook, instagram) held a soft opening Wednesday night. Chef Scott London has put together a menu of Northern Italian cuisine to complement the restaurant’s focus on natural wine.

Rossobianco, founded by David Levi and Colleen Callahan, is located at 3 Deering Ave in Bramhall Square. The grand opening is scheduled to take place on Friday.


Stroudwater Distillery Opening Today

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

stroudwaterStroudwater Distillery (website, facebook, instagram) is scheduled to open today at noon. The distillery—Portland’s 4th after New England Distilling, Maine Craft Distilling and Liquid Riot—and its tasting room are located at Thompson’s Point in the same building as Bissell Brothers, Cellar Door and Big J’s Chicken Shack (set to debut later this summer).

Stroudwater is “currently rolling out distinctive bottles of Bourbon, Rye, Vodka and Gin”. A list of key staff on the Stroudwater website includes John Myers with the enigmatic title of Boss of the Sauce.

First Look: Flying Fox Juice Bar

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

The Blueberry Files has published a first look inside Flying Fox Juice Bar.

It’s pretty much a guarantee that I’ll love anything with beet juice in it, and the carrot combo made it a nice earthy root juice. I love that the juice options are less traditional and tend towards savory, a taste I am personally cultivating in my juice preferences. 

Food Truck: Classic Sliders

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

A new food truck called Classic Sliders (website, facebook, twitter) recently got licensed and is now operating in Portland. They serve a menu of full sized sandwiches and sliders.

Flying Fox Juice Bar Opened Today

Monday, July 11th, 2016

flyingfoxjuice_logoFly Fox Juice Bar (instagram, facebook) opened their doors today at 98 Washington Ave. Owner Birch Hincks is serving fresh juices and smoothies as well as iced teas and nitro 44 North Coffee.

Hincks’ vision is to run “a fresh juice and smoothie bar, using a range of local and non-local ingredients. Our focus is to provide products that are delicious, healthy and accessible. Most of our juices and smoothies [will be] more heavily vegetable based, aiming to reduce the amount of sugar content. Our set menu [will be] small, allowing for more space to create rotating seasonally influenced items.”

Flying Fox is open 7:30 – 2.