Archive for the ‘Under Construction’ Category

Under Construction: Gross Confection Bar

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Pastry chef Brant Dadaleares has leased 57 Exchange Street, the subterranean former location of Christmas Noel in the John Calvin Steven designed building at the intersection with Middle Street.

Dadaleares will be renovating the 2,000 sq ft space where this November he plans to open Gross Confection Bar (website, facebook, instagram) serving an “ever changing selection of high-quality artfully-plated desserts, cocktails, dessert wines, and digestifs” in the evening, and take-out pastries and coffee in the mornings.

Dadaleares was the longtime pastry chef at Fore Street. He’s also worked at Arrows, Hugo’s/Eventide/The Honey Paw, Roustabout and Central Provisions/Tipo.

Dextrous Creative has been hired as architects for Gross Confection Bar.

To get a sense of what a Gross-style dessert is like check out this fun video from Knack Factory.

Under Construction: Heritage Seaweed

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Heritage Seaweed (website, facebook, instagram) is under construction at 61 India Street. The new shop will sell specialty seaweed-based foods and other seaweed products such as: skincare and bath products, candles, tinctures, tea, cookbooks, ID guides and art.

Heritage Seaweed hopes to open in July.

Under Construction: Hana Thai

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The newest member of the Veranda Thai family of restaurants is under development in South Portland. Hana Thai will be located at 740 Broadway is the mall that is also home to the branch location of Two Fat Cats.

Hana Thai is owned by Than Pham, the younger brother of Hai Pham who opened the first Veranda Thai in Deering.

Than Pham is currently hiring staff and plans to open the 1800 sq ft Hana Thai  in June.

Under Construction: All Those Who Wander

Monday, May 14th, 2018

A new coffee bar called All Those Who Wander (website, facebook, instagram) is under development at the corner of inner Washington and Marion Street. ATWW is one of several businesses located in the Black Box space including The Cheese Shop.

Owners John-Henry and Cynthia Mlyniec recently moved to Portland from Providence where they worked in the coffee industry. They will be sourcing their coffee for All Those Who Wander from Parlor Coffee in Brooklyn. The Mlyniecs hope to open sometime in June.

Under Construction: Money Cat Fried Chicken and Donuts

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Urban Sugar/Eighty 8 Donut Cafe owner Kevin Sandes and his business partner David Gilbert are developing a new restaurant in Waterville called Money Cat Fried Chicken and Donuts. The restaurant will be located at 173 Main Street and is slated to open in summer 2018.

Gilbert and Sandes were culinary school classmates  and are longtime friends.

“This is more than a business,” said Sandes. “It’s about building community, friendships, connections.” Added Gilbert: “This is a partnership that has grown out of friendship. Twenty years after culinary school and some pretty wild adventure travel, we’re reconnecting and bringing together these two concepts—that’s where the magic is.”

Gilbert was a 2013 Beard award semifinalist in the Best Chef: South West category. He has traveled through Asia and  used those experiences to inform the cooking at his restaurant Tuk Tuk Taproom in Texas.

Sandes spent years as a hotel chef and in catering before launching Eighty 8 Donut Cafe (formerly Urban Sugar) first as a food truck and then as a brick-and-mortar location at Sugarloaf Mountain.

The pair selected the restaurant’s name to “reflect the restaurant’s Asian inspiration, abundance for Waterville, and good fortune for all”.

Colicchio Involved in Westbrook Development

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Yesterday’s report from Mainebiz on the 100-acre mixed use development off Brighton Ave in Westbrook reports that a business group run by famed chef Tom Colicchio will building out a “25,000-square-foot beer and food hall” on the site.

One of the features of the village area will be 25,000-square-foot beer and food hall, developed by the group run by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. The hall will have 18 to 22 local and regional vendors, and a brew pub, but also a place where local breweries can showcase their beer. The second floor would be office incubator space, he said.

Update: Mainebiz has excised reference to Tom Colicchio from the article. The business involved in the project is Colicchio Consulting, which isn’t owned by Tom Colicchio.

Under Construction: Sagamore Hill

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Here’s a look inside the construction site of Sagamore Hill (website, instagram), the new cocktail bar going in to the former lobby of the Lafayette Hotel at the corner of Park and Congress. Owner Ryan Deskins is planning to open the 58-seat lounge in late May. An additional 30+ seats are planned for the sidewalk. Sagamore references Teddy Roosevelt, the nation’s 26th president, as a touchstone for the bar’s name, interior design and cocktail menu.

Under Construction: Shipyard Brewtel

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

The Press Herald reports that Shipyard is planning to completely renovate its facility on Hancock Street, retaining the brewery and tasting room but replacing the rest of the building. The new structures will include a 105-room brewery/hotel aka ‘brewtel’.

According to planning documents given to the city last month, the existing brick brewery building and tasting room would be renovated. But the rest of the buildings on the 2-acre site – including the bottling plant – would be demolished to make way for the 105-room hotel, a three-story residential building with nine units at Hancock and Newbury streets, a large office building and a four-story garage for 360 vehicles.

Under Construction: Crepe Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

A new food truck called Crepe Elizabeth (facebook, instagram, twitter) will be lauunching this Saturday at Fore River Brewing, 4 – 9 pm.

Click on the image to see their menu.


Under Construction: LB Kitchen West

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

LB Kitchen (website, facebook, instagram) is opening a second location, in the West End. The new LB Kitchen will be housed in the former Outliers on York Street as part of an overall wellness center that focuses on alternative medicine and therapies.

LB Kitchen co-owners Lee Farrington and Bryna Gootkind are planning a very similar concept and menu to their first cafe. Folks who live in the neighborhood will be happy to hear that plan includes coffee service, something the neighborhood has felt the lack of since the departure of Omi’s.

Renovations of the building are slated to kick-off in the next couple weeks and the new LB Kitchen will open sometime in October or November.

Under Construction: Rosanna’s Ice Cream

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Rosanna’s Ice Cream (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) has leased the former Salty Sally’s space at the intersection of Congress and Saint John Streets. Rosanna’s will be using 953 Congress as a production space, as well as a pick-up spot for the ice cream.

Owner Salli Wason shared on facebook that she’s continuing to search for a retail space to be a permanent home for Rosanna’s but that for the next year this will be a transitional space as the business continues to grow.

Standard Bakery Cart

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Standard Baking Co. has had a bakery cart built. It was stationed out in front of the bakery Sunday for an Earth Day collaboration with the Portland Gear Hub.

They haven’t decided yet on how they’ll use it this summer. I’m hoping for a roving bakery and coffee cart and bread delivery service. “I’ll have a pain au chocolat, small coffee, and 2 baguettes please.”

Isuken Somali Bantu Food Truck

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

A group of Somali Bantu immigrants in Maine are launching a new food truck in Lewiston.

The Isuken (website, facebook) food truck is raising start-up funds through a Kickstarter campaign for a down payment on the truck and for other expenses.

Here’s some information on the menu:

The main products that Isuken food truck will offer are Sambusas, fried pastries filled with local meats and veggies. We will offer beef, chicken, fish, and veggie (vegan) options. We will also offer a gluten-free and vegan rice, corn, bean, and veggie dishes and grilled meats. For beverages, we will offer our Somali chai tea, a sweet, spicy, milky tea.

Under Construction: Eaux

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Chef Evan Richardson has leased the space at 90 Exchange Street, formerly occupied by Crooners & Cocktails, where he plans to open a scaled-up restaurant version of his food cart Eaux (facebook, instagram).

Eaux will serve a menu of “New Orleans and Southern inspired food…in a bistro setting” Wednesday through Monday, 11:30 am to 1 am. Richardson plans to open by late May.

Here’s a look at the draft menu:

Eaux will join an ever growing cadre of restaurants that got their start as food carts and food trucks. The list includes Bite Into Maine, Mami, Small Axe/East Ender, Love Kupcakes/Baristas+Bites, Hella Good Tacos, Mainely Burgers, Urban Sugar and CN Shawarma/Baharat.

Under Construction: Lio

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Lio (instagram, facebook), the new wine-focused restaurant from Cara and Cecile Stadler – owners of Tao Yuan and Bao Bao, has applied for a liquor license. As described in the application cover letter,

The concept of Lio is to offer a wide variety of wines by the glass, including many high end wines that are typically not available by the glass, with menu options specifically paired with the wines. The cuisine will be modern European offered on small plates, allowing diners to have food & wine typical of fine dining restaurants without the time or cost commitment of fine dining. The layout of the restaurant is designed around a serpentine bar configuration, that allows diners to cluster in groups around the curves, as well as a chefs table and private dining room. The space also has a deck and patio. It is an amazing location with a unique layout that we believe will be a unique and welcome addition to the already diverse restaurant scene in Portland.

Owen Price has joined the team as the chef for the restaurant. You can see some pictures of the Lio kitchen and early menu development on his instagram account.

The draft menu (page 87) includes smaller plates like Parsnip & Potato Latkes, pastas such as Bucatini with lump crab, chili flake, crab butter, breadcrumbs, olive oil, lemon, parsley and larger dishes such as Salt-crusted Whole Fish.

Here’s a look at the floor plan for Lio: