Archive for the ‘Under Construction’ Category

Under Construction: Speckled Ax Coffee Truck

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Speckled Ax is working on launching a coffee truck.

So, there’s a Speckled Ax Truck in the works. Phases one and two–drive train and outside cosmetics–took a lot longer than expected, but are pretty much done. On to phase three. Here’s the “before” of the inside, after we pulled out lots of horrible vinyl and fake wood. More details to come.

Under Construction: Island Creek Oysters

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Painter Tessa Greene O’Brien hard at work on the signage for the new Island Creek Oyster market and bar at Washington Ave. Island Creek will be located at 123 Washington Ave in the same building that Maine Craft Distilling.

I had the chance to talk with ICO founder Skip Bennett back in February. His plans for the space are three-fold: as a retail market for the Maine oyster brands they sell, cold storage for their distribution network and there will be a casual oyster and beer bar.

Bennett plans to hold events at the bar that connect oyster lovers with producers. All told the space is around 2,000 sq ft, in addition they’ve added a deck to the front of the building.

Under Construction: Jack’s Thai

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

A new restaurant called Jack’s Thai is under construction on Main Street in Westbrook. It’s a few doors down from Big Fin Poke and about a half mile away from where Veranda Thai has their own Westbrook outpost in development.

$500k in Funding for Food Start-ups

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Mainebiz has a report on a $500,000 fund to help new food start-ups.

Hall said of the total $500,000, the average loan size will be $25,000 to $150,000, which would cover six to eight companies a year. But those wanting a larger amount should still approach the group, Hall said, as they might be able to make introductions to other groups with deeper pockets to participate.

Under Construction: Little Giant

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Boston Magazine has published an article about Little Giant, the new restaurant the owners of Hunt & Alpine are opening on Danforth Street.

To achieve that balance at Little Giant, the Volks brought on a Boston ex-pat to lead the kitchen. Rian Wyllie, opening chef at Deep Ellum and both Lone Star Taco Bars, left that group after 10 years to relocate to Maine. Wyllie, an Arlington native, and his wife were considering a move when mutual friends introduced them to the Volks. It’s a perfect fit, both parties agree.

Under Construction: Juiced

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Hallowell-based casual dining spot, Juiced (website), plans to open a second location in Portland at 561 Forest Ave. Juiced plans to serve “healthy alternatives to fast casual dining options” of soups, salads, and sandwiches along with juice, smoothies, komucha, prosecco and rotating selection of local beer. A draft menu (pages 147-150) was supplied with their liquor license application.

Under Construction: Old Port Lobster Shack

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

After more than two years since the project began, Old Port Lobster Shack on Fore Street has applied for a liquor license. In the application, owner Michael Michalski indicates a target opening date of July 30th. A draft menu (pages 90-91) was supplied with other supporting paperwork.

Under Construction: Skordo

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Skordo (website, facebook, instagram), a Freeport-based culinary store, has a new retail shop under construction st 372 Fore Street.

Under Construction: Maiz Colombian Street Food

Friday, June 9th, 2017

A new food vendor called Maiz Colombian Street Food (facebook) is under construction in the Public Market House. Maiz will serve “modern twists on the traditional Colombian” arepas. In the morning they will also have on the menu a “pan-de-bono, a savory cheese bread made with yucca flour”. Maiz will also serve Colombian coffee and lemonades in fruit and coconut flavors.

Owners Martha Leonard and Niky Walter met in Colombia where Walter was born and raised. They plan to launch Maiz on July 1st.

Under Construction: Veranda Thai

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Veranda Thai owner Hai Pham has purchased the building at 672 Main Street in Westbrook where a new Veranda Thai restaurant is under construction.

Veranda Thai joins a growing list of restaurants and other food businesses in Westbrook: Big Fin Poke, Bamboo Bistro, Black Dinah Chocolates, Mast Landing Brewing, and Brea Lu Cafe. Both Fishermen’s Grill and Yes Brewing Company are also under construction.

Frog and Turtle made the first notable leap into the Westbrook market when they left behind a spot in Longfellow Square for Main Street in Westbrook in 2007.

Under Construction: Little Giant

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Little Giant (facebook, instagram) owners Andrew and Briana Volk have released information on the management team that will be running their 60-seat West End restaurant which is slated to open in mid-June.

  • Rian Wyllie (instagram) will lead the kitchen at Little Giant. Wyllie was the Executive Chef of Deep Ellum and Lone Star Taco Bar in Boston for the past ten years.
  • Darcy Brennan Poor will be leading the bakery/pastry program. A Portland resident, she studied at the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan. In NYC she worked at Runner and Stone in Brooklyn, a retail bakery and restaurant that specializes in naturally leavened breads, viennoiserie pastries, and desserts.
  • Max Overstrom-Coleman (instagram) will be the bar manager at Little Giant. He has more than twenty years in the hospitality industry.

The restaurant is located at the intersection of Danforth and Clark Streets.  Back in December it was named to Imbibe Magazine’s 2017 class of ‘Imbibe 75′.

The menu for Little Giant “will focus on Continental European cuisine with a New England influence” and the bar program “will bring together the influences of European cafe culture and well-made cocktails to Portland’s West End.”


Under Construction: Brickyard Hollow Brewing

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

A new brewery called Brickyard Hollow Brewing Company is under development in Yarmouth, reports the Press Herald.

Yarmouth entrepreneurs Brad Moll and Frank Grondin announced Tuesday that they plan to open a small-batch craft brewery and restaurant called Brickyard Hollow Brewing Co. at 236 Main St., now the home of Anthony’s Dry Cleaners. The 2,100-square-foot brewery will seat 60 indoors and an additional 30 on its patio.

SaltBox #2

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

SaltBox Cafe owners are renovating a Grumman stepvan into a second food truck.

Under Construction: Benkay Moving

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Benkay has announced plans to move from their current location  on Commercial Street to a new building under construction at 16 Middle Street. They expect to be open at the new restaurant this summer.


Under Construction: Miller Brothers Seafood

Friday, May 26th, 2017

A new seafood shack called Miller Brothers Seafood is under construction at 849 Forest Ave in the space formerly occupied by Fishermen’s Grill.

Fishermen’s Grill itself is in the process of renovating 650 Main Street in Westbrook, the space formerly occupied by Rosen’s Deli, and hope to reopen soon.