Archive for the ‘Under Construction’ Category

Under Construction: Falafel Mafia

Friday, April 28th, 2017

A new food truck called Falafel Mafia (instagram) is under construction. Owners Dylan and Cameron Gardner hope to launch in May serving falafel and gyros.

Under Construction: Restaurante El Corazon

Monday, April 24th, 2017

The owners of the El Corazon food truck have leased 190 State Street where they plan to open Restaurante El Corazon (facebook, instagram).

After four years cooking fresh Mexican food from the back of their family operated food truck Joe and Laura Urtuzuastegui have decided to grow the business and open up a brick and mortar shop…El Corazon will offer old favorites and new staples, small and large plate options, a oversized tequila selection, in a comfortable family atmosphere.

The space had been the original location of Petite Jacqueline and was slated to be the new home of Ocho until the owners put the project on hold.

El Corazon hopes to open the restaurant in May. They join the growing ranks of mobile operations adding or transforming into a traditional brick and mortar restaurant such as Mami and Baharat.

Portland’s New Crop of Restaurants

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

The Press Herald has published an overview of the new crop of restaurants set to launch in Portland in this spring and summer. Specifically featured in the article:

  • 66S – an Asian fusion restaurant on Fore Street
  • Chaval – a French and Spanish restaurant opening in the former Caiola’s space
  • Cheevitdee – a health focused Thai restaurant in the Old Port
  • Cong Tu Bot – a Vietnamese noodle restaurant on Washington Ave
  • Noble BBQ – a brick and mortar restaurant from moobile vendor Fire & Co.
  • North 43 – the South Portland restaurant replacing Joe’s Boathouse
  • Old Port Lobster Shack – a seafood restaurant on Fore Street
  • Yobo – a Korean restaurant opening in the former Madd Apple Cafe space on Forest Ave

Several other new businesses including Blyth & Burrows, Bujabelle, Chad Conley’s new business on Forest Ave, Island Creek Oysters, Little Giant, Lio and Mami are also mentioned.

There are a number of other food businesses in various stages of development, see the Under Construction page for a full list.

Under Construction: Linda Kate Lobster & Seafood Co.

Monday, April 10th, 2017

After a couple years in development, Linda Kate Lobster & Seafood Co. (website, facebook, instagram) is set to launch their retail market and cafe at 1035 Ocean Ave in mid-May.

Chef Sam Bergeron (instagram) will be offering lobster and crab rolls and chowder to start. He has worked at The Well and The Honey Paw and is currently on staff with The Purple House and The Bread & Butter Catering Co.

Linda Kates operates a 10,000 sq ft lobster processing facility at this location. In addition to the cafe they will also launch a retail seafood market and a lobster bake/raw bar catering business.


Under Construction: Vegan Hot Dog Cart

Friday, April 7th, 2017

A vegan hot dog cart called Sup Dawg (website, facebook, instagram) is under development. You can check-out their menu online.

We are a mobile, vegan-dawg-slingin’, local as heck food stand located in picturesque Portland, Maine. We use as many local & organic ingredients as possible, make toppings and condiments in-house, and yes, it’s always VEGAN!

Owners Katie Knowles and Sean Ahern plan to be open by June 1st and operate the cart Wednesday through Sunday. Knowles and Ahern are both employed at Flatbread. They’re both vegan and see their food cart as a way to add to the number of vegan eating options in Portland.

Under Construction: Blyth & Burrows

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Urban Eye has posted an update on Blyth & Burrows, the cocktail bar that’s been under construction at 26 Exchange Street.

Molecular mixology (drinks that foam), cocktails on tap and potent libations like Navy strength, will be matched with creative small plates. The drink menu is based on old trade routes that Blyth and Burrows navigated, highlighting spirits and spices that would have been available in their day. “I am a son of Portland. I am a Mainer,” said Miranda. “I will use local spirits as much as possible.”

Under Construction: Eaux

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A new food cart called Eaux (instagram) is under development and on track to launch in late April or Early May.

Chef/owner, and New Orleans native, Evan Richardson will serve Jambalaya and a rotating menu of dishes made with “local ingredients…and New Orleans technique and flavors”.

Richardson plans to primary locate Eaux in East Bayside at Lone Pine Brewing. He will operate Eaux while continuing to serve in his current position as the chef at Portland Mash Tun.

Under Construction: Bakery on Munjoy Hill

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

A new 1,100 sq. ft. bakery is under development in the store front at the corner of North and Congress on Munjoy Hill.

Owners Chris Deutsch and Amy Fuller plan to offer French baked goods in the morning, and serve focaccia, Roman-style pizza and sandwiches for lunch. They will eventually add a dinner service.

Deutsch and Fuller learned to bake in Paris and prior to moving to Portland they operated a French bakery food cart in DC called Hot Hot Bakery.

The couple hope to open their as-yet-unnamed bakery this fall.

Under Construction: Blyth & Burrows

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Blyth & Burrows is the new DBA for the cocktail bar under construction at 26 Exchange Street. Here’s a statement on the concept,

Blyth & Burrows is a classic cocktail bar steeped in the traditions of exceptional hospitality and a dedication to craft. The bi-level room features a raw bar and a creative food program, but the focus here is on perfectly poured cocktails and impeccable service.

The name is a reference to Captain Samuel Blyth from the HMS Boxer and Lieutenant William Burrows of the USS Enterprise who were buried in the Eastern Cemetery and died during an naval battle between their ships in Casco Bay in 1813.

The bar was originally slated to be named Proper Charlie’s. It is being launched by Josh Miranda.

Under Construction: Cong Tu Bot

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Cong Tu Bot (facebook, tumblr, instagram, twitter) co-owners Vien Dobui and Jessica Sheahan have applied for a liquor license for the restaurant they have under construction in the Nissen Building on Washington Ave.

Their menu will focus “on noodle dishes commonly found in Saigon, as well as a selection of smaller side dishes and snacks to accompany our entrees.” Here’s an excerpt from the full draft menu (pages 96-97):


and here’s a look at the floor plan for the 27-seat restaurant:

Under Construction: Noble Barbecue

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

The new barbecue restaurant Fire & Co has under construction on outer Forest Ave, Noble Barbecue (instagram) has applied for a liquor license. Here’s a look at an excerpt of the draft menu (pages 41-42) supplied with their application:

Under Construction: Bujabelle

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

A new central African restaurant called Bujabelle is under development at 249 Saint John Street in the space formerly occupied Chez Okapi. Co-owners Jerome Niryumwami, Jean Claude Nitunga, and Thierry Mugabe have applied for a liquor license and the materials supplied include a draft menu:

Competition in Craft Brewing?

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Press Herald has interviewed the keynote speaker at this week’s New England Craft Beer summit as part of an article on growing competition in the local beer market.

[Bart] Watson says every brewery in Maine will eventually feel the competition. As the Portland market matures, brewers might be forced to look to rural markets to sell their beers.

“There are challenges,” Watson said. “One of my takes is it doesn’t mean there is no growth happening. There’s a lot of growth out there. Rural areas have not been converting (to craft beer) as quickly, so local production has been slower than in metro areas. There’s still a lot of untapped markets.”

The article also reports that Portland’s newest brewery Battery Steele hopes to open next week serving an imperial stout, a saison and an india pale ale.

Edible Maine

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Press Herald has posted an update on last week’s news about the launch of Edible Maine this summer.

At least to start, Edible Maine will be published quarterly and will run some 50 pages an issue, according to Michael Sanders, a Maine food writer of more than two decades who will serve as its editor. “This is going to be a magazine you can cook from or look at, read deeply into or read for two minutes for fun things you didn’t know you could do in Maine,” he said. “Most of all, it should help you get out and do things – go to a restaurant, go clamming, cook…

Under Construction: Fishermen’s Grill

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Fishermen’s Grill has announced plans to move to 650 Main Street in Westbrook where they’ll move into the space formerly occupied by Rosen’s Deli. Fishermen’s Grill expects to open the new Westbrook location in May.

Westbrook has seen a significant uptick in new food businesses choosing to (re)locate there over the past couple years including Brea Lu, Rosen’s, Big Fin Poke, Mast Landing Brewing and Black Dinah Chocolates.