Archive for the ‘Under Construction’ Category

Under Construction: Rover Woodfired Bagels & Pizza

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

As reported last week, Rover Bagel (instagram, facebook) is moving their business from Salem, Massachusetts to Biddeford, Maine. Here’s some additional information shared by the Rover team about their plans:

  • The new bagel bakery will be located at 111 Elm Street
  • They are making good progress on building out the space and hope to be open in September
  • They’ve outgrown their current digs and are moving to Biddeford for a number of reasons including co-owner Alec Rutter’s Maine roots. The growing community of food businesses in Biddeford have made that city an appealing place to locate.
  • In addition to bagels, they’ll be selling bagel sandwiches and, on Friday and Saturday nights, wood-fired pizza.

Under Construction: Uncle Billy’s Bar-B-Que

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Chef Jonny St. Laurent has leased the former Bayside Variety at 166 Cumberland where he plans to open Uncle Billy’s Bar-B-Que (facebook, twitter). According to the cover letter supplied with their liquor license application,

The restaurant will be a reincarnation of the famous Uncle Billy’s Bar-B-Que that originally opened in 1989 in South Portland…The new location will feature many of the same smoked meats along with some new ideas that will be in line with the original concept.

Here’s a look at the draft menu (page 46):

The 32-seat restaurant will be augmented in the summer time by an “outdoor dining area in the back, outfitted with Maine-made picnic tables” behind the restaurant. St. Laurent hopes to open Uncle Billy’s in October for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Here’s the floor plan:

Saint Laurent last operated a restaurant in Portland called Uncle Billy’s Resto-bar at 653 Congress Street in the space currently occupied by Kushiya Benkay. Uncle Billy’s closed in 2007. He also had run restaurants in South Portland, Portland and Yarmouth in the past.

Under Construction: Bite Into Maine

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Bite Into Maine (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) is making good progress on their new brick and mortar kitchen/cafe at 185 Route 1 in Scarborough.

The space will serve both and as a prep area to keep their two food trucks amply supplied throughout the summer months and a destination where Bite Into Maine fans can go all year round to get their lobster roll fix.

Owners Sarah and Karl Sutton hope to open in early fall.

Under Construction: Nom Bai

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The Press Herald reports that a new food truck called Nom Bai is under development.

The truck is owned by Matthew Glatz, owner of the Salt Box Café, a “tiny house food truck” that serves breakfast and brunch on the Eastern Promenade. Glatz recently built a new food truck for hibachi cooking and has hired Sovanna Neang, who is from Cambodia, to run it.

Nom Bai (instagram, facebook) is slated to serve “Cambodian and Vietnamese street food”.

Biddeford: Rover Bagel, Part & Parcel

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

The last few years has seen a significant increase in the number of new food industry business in Biddeford including a culinary bookstore, 2 breweries, a distilleries (and another one under construction), the renewed Palace Diner, an ice cream shop, 2 pizzerias, a coffeeshop/bookstore, a donut shop and a wine bar to name just a few.

They’re now being joined by:

Under Construction: Maine Craft Distilling

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Here’s a look inside the new Maine Craft Distilling tasting room and distillery under construction at 123 Washington Ave. The 10,880 sq ft space includes a spacious tasting room, greatly expanded distillery space filled with new equipment, and a large barrel ageing room that will be available for special functions. Davidson will be launching a CSA-like program (community supported distillery?) to sell single barrels of spirits in advance.

The MCD crew are in the final stages of getting the tasting room ready and will be announcing an opening day shortly. MCD is co-located in the same building where the new Island Creek Oyster Bar is in development.

Coffee Shops Move/Expand: Omi’s, Daily Grind

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

According to the Sentry, Omi’s Coffee Shop is hoping to move from its current location in the West End to Meeting House Hill in South Portland,

The change will allow the conversion of office space at 372 Cottage Road to retail food service. Cape Elizabeth resident Gail Bruzgo requested the change in hopes of relocating her business, Omi’s Coffee Shop, from Brackett Street in Portland. Bruzgo said she did not realize until after buying the building that a business like her coffee shop would not be allowed in the Residential Transition Zone, which was limited to residential housing and office space.

and the Press Herald reports that the Daily Grind coffee drive through in Westbrook is planning to expand into a traditional sit down coffee shop.

They knew it was time. The Daily Grind will open a sit-down shop next door to the drive-thru, which will stay open.

“When that building sold, we knew that Maine Med was going to be there for the long term, and we really needed to jump on this opportunity quickly,” Sue Salisbury said.

Under Construction: 699 Forest Ave

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

699 Forest Ave, the former Thurston’s/KFC in Woodfords Corner, has been purchased by the Nguyen family where John Doyon from Malone reports “[t]hey will serve an Asian infused cuisine and operate a bakery”.

Under Construction: Kind Stack

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Kind Stack (instagram) owner Parker Auger has announced he’ll be launching his new food cart on Saturday August 12th.

Under Construction: Mainely Hot Dogs

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

A new food cart called Mainely Hot Dogs (facebook, instagram, twitter) has launched is under construction. According to the press release, the cart are serving Snap Dog from New York and are located on the corner of Silver and Commercial Streets.

Under Construction: Big Fin Poke

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Big Fin Poké (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) has signed a lease for 2700 sq ft of space at 29 Western Ave in South Portland where they’ll be opening a second location.

Under Construction: Scratch’s Toast Bar

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Here’s a look at the Toast Bar that Scratch Baking has under construction on Broadway.

We’ll be toasting up our amazing bread and famous bagels and offering an array of toppings including Casco Bay butter, homemade jams & jellies, our delicious plain and herbed cream cheese, Myrt’s pimento cheese, as well as many other intriguing options and combinations. We’ll be pouring Coffee By Design, Speckled Ax and Rwanda Bean Co. coffee as well as making our fantastic espresso drinks.

Under Construction: Kind Stack Sandwich Co.

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Parker Auger is developing a new food cart, the Kind Stack Sandwich Company (instagram).

Kind Stack’s menu will “focus on Italian grinder style sandwiches” like a classic Italian (capocollo, mortadella, slami, sopressata, prosciutto, pepperoni), and a Muffuletta (sopressata, mortadella, capocollo, olive relish). Auger plans to locate on Commercial Street and make the brewery circuit.

Auger has been on the bakery staff at Scratch Baking Company, and prior to that worked as the pastry chef at Local 188.

Under Construction: Bolster Snow & Co.

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Bolster Snow & Company (instagram), the new 40-seat under construction at 747 Congress Street, has applied for a liquor license application.

The restaurant and bar will be located on the first floor of The Francis hotel:

Here’s a look at chef Nick Verdisco‘s draft menu (page 76) for the restaurant (click to enlarge):

Under Construction: Union Bagel

Friday, July 21st, 2017

The Forecaster has published an update on second bakery Union Bagel has under construction on Veranda Street.

“We’re opening a second location primarily to accommodate growing demand from wholesale customers,” Farrell said. “The shop on Cumberland Avenue is too small to handle that and our increased retail business.”

Farrell said the Veranda Street shop, near Washington Avenue, would be “very similar” to the Cumberland Avenue operation and the hope is that it will be open by late August.

Union Bagel is also in the process of rebuilding their patio on Cumberland Ave.