Archive for the ‘Under Construction’ Category

Under Construction: Cousins Maine Lobster

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

The Sentry reports that Cousins Maine Lobster will locate a truck this summer in Fort Williams Park. Bite Into Maine which has been in the park since 2011 will continue to operate in the park in their usual location.

According to Public Works Director Robert Malley, Site A, which was previously located at a 50-square-foot site on the south side of the circle, was moved to accommodate winning bidder Cousins Maine Lobster, a franchise food truck business. The truck will be stationed next to Site B, also 90 square feet, designated for Gorgeous Gelato.

Brickyard Hollow Brewing

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Mainebiz has published an update on Brickyard Hollow Brewing in Yarmouth.

Brickyard Hollow is owned by Brad Moll and Frank Grondin, both of Yarmouth, and will be the town’s first craft brewery. It will also have a full bar and food and a covered outdoor beer garden. The name comes from early in the village’s history, when a depression in the land was filled and became a town gathering place.

Under Construction: The Cheese Shop

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

A new business called The Cheese Shop of Portland (instagram, facebook) is under development. Owners Mary and Will Sissle plan to locate on Washington Ave with a target opening date in late June.

The Sissles met when the pair worked at Cowgirl Creamery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently they were on the staff at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge where Will was the international cheese buyer and Mary worked in the shop and handled their media relations. Mary Sissle is a originally from Maine having grown up in Cape Elizabeth. Will Sissle is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional.

The Cheese Shop will be one of the first businesses to be located in Black Box, a retail space slated for the corner of Washington Ave and Marion Street built out of shipping containers. Developer Jed Harris has conceived of Black Box as a start-up space for new retail businesses.

Quill Book & Beverage Now Open

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Quill Books & Beverage (facebook, instagram), the new bookstore/bar/coffee shop located at One Westbrook Common in Westbrook is now open and plans to hold a grand opening this Saturday.

Owners Matthew Irving and Allison Krzanowski will be serving cocktails as well as bagels, baked goods, yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast, and sandwiches and salads for lunch, as well as a line-up of toasts, cheeses and charcuterie. The bookstore will stock a “diverse selection of carefully curated gently used books, including many recent titles” and will host “author and poetry readings, book clubs, and a weekly board game night”.

Veranda Kitchen & Bar

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The new Veranda restaurant in Westbrook, Veranda Kitchen & Bar, is scheduled to open on March 20th.

This will make the fifth location of the Veranda business group. The original restaurant, Veranda Thai, opened in the space that had been formerly occupied by Espans Quick Lunch on Veranda Street in May 2008.

The GM of the Veranda group recently leased retail property in South Portland so it looks like a sixth location is in the works.

Under Construction: 740 Broadway

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Than Pham, the general manager of the Veranda Group, has leased a 1,881 square foot space at 740 Broadway in South Portland, presumably to open a South Portland Veranda Thai restaurant. Veranda currently has a a new restaurant under construction at 672 Main Street in Westbrook.

740 Broadway is in the same strip mall where Two Fat Cats plans to open a second location.

Under Construction: Paciarino

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

The Press Herald reports that Paciarino owners Enrico Barbiero and Fabiana de Savino have leased the former Zapoteca space on Fore Street. They plan to move the restaurant into the new building and hold on to the existing Paciarino store front for their retail sales.

At the new space, which they are leasing, they will continue to serve the current Paciarino menu, Barbiero said, but he plans to add brick-oven pizza, risotto, arancini, gnocchi and other items.

MCE Cultivator Startup Accelerator

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Maine Startup Insider reports that the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs  has launched a food and beverage startup accelerator program.

The organization will accept 10 companies into the 12-month program, dubbed Cultivator. Selected companies will spend the year receiving hands-on strategic assessments, mentoring, and access to professional resources, to help them overcome the specific challenges faced by specialty food and beverage companies. The program is sponsored by FocusMaine.

The application deadline is March 18th.

New Lost Kitchen Book

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Erin French, chef and owner of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom Maine, is working on a new book entitled Finding Freedom which will will chronicle the “challenges, stumbles and victories that have led me to the exact place I was ever meant to be”. The book is being published by Celadon Books, an imprint of MacMillan.

This will be French’s second book. The Lost Kitchen Cookbook debuted last May.

French was recently named a 2018 Beard Awards semifinalist in the Best Chef: Northeast category.

Under Construction: Crown Jewel

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The Forecaster has posted an update on Crown Jewel and their proposal for a Planning Board change of use on Great Diamond Island.

The Planning Board scheduled a hearing and vote Tuesday on the change-of-use request by Wight and her partner, Gail Landry. They are seeking permission to open the 35-seat restaurant while downsizing the general store now operating at the island’s Fort McKinley historic site. The building is also part of the Diamond Cove Association.

Loring’s Hunker Down at Erik’s Church

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Jason Loring launched a new restaurant called Hunker Down this season at Sugarloaf. Now comes word that a Hunker Down branded will be setting up shop in the kitchen a little closer to Portland at Erik’s Church, a new country music restaurant under construction in Windham.

48 Beers Project

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Portland artist Heidi Geist has launched a Kickstarter campaign for her 48 Beers Project. Geist has designed beer labels for Bissell Brothers, Barreled Souls, Boothbay Craft Brewing, Norway Brewing, Cold Harbor, and many others.

For the 48 Beers Project Geist plans visit each of the 48 contiguous US states, and in each state she plans to design a label for a local brewery. She’s raising $6,000 to help with costs to renovate a short school bus into a livable space that will be my art studio. She plans to depart Maine on June 21st.

Under Construction: 2nd Two Fat Cats

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Two Fat Cats has signed a lease for 740 Broadway in South Portland where they plan to open a second location of the popular India Street bakery.

Under Construction: Elsmere in Deering

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

MaineBiz interviewed Elsmere BBQ co-founders Adam Powers and Jeremy Rush about the second Elsmere they have under development on Stevens Ave in the former Siano’s.

“What attracted us is that the property is the same model as this place, where you’re nestled into a neighborhood,” said Powers. “It’s not tourist-reliant. To use a cliché, if someone goes there, everyone will know your name.”

Powers, Rush and their new business partner Nat Towl hope to open this new Elsmere in May.

Under Construction: Waypoint Provisions Co.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

A new on-the-water food delivery service called Waypoint Provisions (instagram) is set to launch in Casco Bay this May.