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