Under Construction: Portland Patisserie

January 17th, 2015

Steve and Michelle Corry have applied for a liquor license for Portland Patisserie, the new bakery/cafe they have under development at 46 Market Street.

The cafe will serve “classic French pastries along with crepes, sandwiches, salads and coffee” as well as pies, cakes and other French baked goods. The full draft menu can be found on pages 58-62 of the City Council agenda. Here’s a small  excerpt:


Portland Patisserie is scheduled to be open 7 days a week, 6am to 8pm. In addition to the baked goods the cafe will stock a selection of wine, beer and champagne for retails sale and will sell specialty foods such as French cheeses, charcouterie, spices and fresh-baked breads.

The Corry’s recently were issued a building permit for the space and so construction should be starting up soon. They hope to have Portland Patisserie open in the March/April time frame. The floor plan has a what looks like a central retail display area and seating for 33 at tables around the perimeter of the room.


In’finiti→Liquid Riot Bottling Co.

January 16th, 2015


Owners Eric and Julie Michaud have announced plans to rename and reconcept In’finiti as the Liquid Riot Bottling Company (facebook, instagram, twitter).

Part of the new identity of Liquid Riot is the “tasting room.” The raised dining area of In’finiti has been removed in order to open up the space and bring the room together on one level. Instead of a “restaurant” which typically has a focus on food, we now have a “tasting room” where one can focus on the taste of our cocktails made from our house-made spirits and the taste of our beer brewed on premise. To accompany these offerings we will have tasty, fresh food prepared in our kitchen. You can still get a full meal or just apps and snacks, just as you can still get an array of intoxicatingly delicious liquids. Our products are not changing, just the name, a little bit of the layout, and the idea of what that space provides.

The Michauds are just completing a renovation of the space at 250 Commercial Street and plan to re-open the business today at 3pm.

Under Construction: Unwined

January 15th, 2015

Urban Eye reports that Unwined is scheduled to open on Friday.

Located next to Speckled Axe and steps from MECA, Unwined is poised to be a causal alternative, custom made for those moments when a double espresso just won’t cut it. “Our main goal is to become a local attraction. A place you visit before you go out to dinner, or afterwards to relax,” he said.

Bar Review of Taco Trio

January 15th, 2015

The Press Herald has reviewed Taco Trio.

Taco Trio is an authentic Mexican taqueria in South Portland that caters to families, teenagers, twenty-somethings and beyond. You’ll likely get a mixed crowd on any given night – be prepared for a line and a wait on weekend nights. There’s a solid beer selection, a few drafts, and two house cocktails (margarita and mojito). While not a bar scene in the traditional sense, it’s a good place to go to drink and eat cheaply.

Brunch Survey

January 15th, 2015

The 207 Foodie has posted a survey of her favorite Sunday brunch spots.

If you love the weekend, I bet that you love brunch just as much as I do. Weekends and brunch are the perfect marriage of food (and cocktails). So here’s the crucial question: where do you go? I have the answer, with Portland’s best brunch spots. You can thank me later.

Under Construction: Terlingua

January 14th, 2015

A new restaurant called Terlingua (facebook) is under construction at 52 Washington Ave. The casual 36-seat restaurant will serve a menu of Texas barbeque and Latin American cuisine and a compact tap/bottle list of local beer.

Owner Pliny Reynolds is in the early stages of renovating the space. He hopes to have Terlingua open by May.

Under Construction: Japanese Food Truck

January 14th, 2015

According to Eating Portland Alive, chef Austin Miller will be launching a new food truck this Spring.

Chef Austin Miller of East Ender fame is taking to the streets this April with a food truck that will feature Japanese-inspired fare. He will be sourcing ingredients from local farms & fishermen to whip up okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, yakitori-style items, yakisoba, as well as a hot dog with a Japanese twist.

NED Bourbon

January 13th, 2015

ned_bourbonNew England Distilling has produced their first batch of Bourbon. It’s now aging in American white oak barrels and will be on store shelves sometime in early 2016.

Vinland Guest Chef Series

January 13th, 2015

The Golden Dish has a report on Vinland’s guest chef series.

Starting in February, chef and owner David Levi will be introducing a guest chef night on Tuesday evenings – a formula that resembles pop-up dinners, which have become so popular around the country.

This Week’s Events: Vinland at James Beard House, Maine & Loire Opening, Industrial Park Challenge

January 12th, 2015

TuesdayDavid Levi from Vinland will be featured chef for a dinner at the James Beard House in NYC, and it’s the opening day of Maine & Loire on Washington Ave.

Thursday — The Farm Stand is holding a tortilla and wine tasting, the Public Market House is holding a beer and cheese tasting, and the the Industrial Park Challenge is taking place at The Great Lost Bear.

Saturday — the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory.

Sunday — Oxbow will have 5 wild fermented beers on draft(FPA Surprise, Grizacca Surprise, Lobretta, Xmas Swords & Original Delux) and be screening Wildstyle, Breakin’ & Krush Groove.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Under Construction: Black Dinah

January 10th, 2015

Urban Eye reports that Black Dinah has leased a space in Westbrook “where they expect to be producing chocolate in the second quarter”.

Review of Walter’s

January 10th, 2015

The Golden Dish has reviewed Walter’s.

Interestingly with so much going on in Portland’s varied dining scene, Walter’s remains in its own exalted sphere. It’s not Asian fusion, new-wave Chinese, small-plate incantations or regional American and European cuisines, but, rather, it takes the best of many cooking styles and artfully presents them in a universal approach that still has merit.

Carlos Garcia, Baker

January 9th, 2015

The Forecaster has published an article about Carlos Garcia, co-owner and baker at Mainely Grains Bakers in South Portland.

The business, at 904 Broadway, is a quaint operation. A little more than a year old, it offers fresh daily selections of breads, rolls, baguettes and sweet and occasionally savory pastries, including Danishes, muffins, cookies, and hand-pies. 

Despite the newness of the operation, it has been a plan in Garcia’s mind for years.

Good Food Awards: Black Dinah & Royal Rose

January 9th, 2015

Both Black Dinah Chocolatiers and Royal Rose Syrups medaled at last night’s Good Food Awards in San Francisco.

Under Construction: Brew Pub, Scales, Trouble, Figgy’s

January 8th, 2015

29 Wharf Street, the former location of Dancing Elephant II, has been leased where business owner Richard Binet is planning to open a brew pub. The name of business is Portland Mash Tun, LLC.

As expected, the seafood restaurant Dana Street and Sam Hayward have under development on Commercial Street will be named Scales.

The Portland Phoenix reports that Josh Soley’s project to open Trouble, an “old fashioned theater-bar”, is on hold because Soley is 20 years old and so too young to hold a liquor license.

The Urban Eye has published an update on Figgy’s,

Behind Yordprom Coffee on Congress Street something tasty is taking shape. Figgy’s, a take-out spot featuring fried chicken, wings and high-end comfort food, is rising from the ground up.

Portland Spirits Society

January 8th, 2015

Food writer Kate McCarty and Maine Beer Mavens founder Lora Burns have started a women’s whiskey club called the Portland Spirit Society,

We are a group of women in Portland, Maine who like whiskey and want to learn more about it. Please join us for tastings, tours, and social events.

Update: McCarty has posted some additional info on the PSS on her blog.

Review of Dutch’s

January 8th, 2015

The Press Herald has reviewed Dutch’s.

The crunch was immensely satisfying and the bread had a sweetness to it that I found downright delicious, albeit likely not particularly healthy. The chicken salad was also cut from another cloth with the aforementioned ingredients. Despite the sizable olive pit, I’d order it again in a heartbeat. I also happily plunked down $2 for a bag of hand-cut potato chips which were fresh, crispy and addictive.

Draft 100: Novare Res

January 7th, 2015

Once again, Draft magazine has included Novare Res in their list of America’s 100 Best Beer Bars.

Under Construction: 656 Congress Street

January 6th, 2015

Mike Keon and Anthony Allen, owners of Otto Pizza, have leased 656 Congress Street. It’s a small space formerly occupied by Jazeera Market.

Keon and Allen intend to use the space to launch a new food venture. They’ve not yet settled on what the concept of the new business will be.

Review of Sur Lie

January 6th, 2015

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Sur Lie.

The meal came to $156 with tax and a good tip. The service at Sur Lie was great. The visit from the chef was particularly fun. The food was super. This place knows what’s up and they got the right guy to put out food that will make peoples’ bellys sing a song of happiness. There’s just not anything about Sur Lie that wasn’t up to par. It was nice to be able to try a bunch of different foods and experience much more than a normal meal might offer. Sur Lie isn’t going anywhere. They clearly know what they are doing and they appear to keep switching things up to keep it interesting. Make a reservation and go. Quick.