A new brewery called the Definitive Brewing Co. (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is now under construction at 35 Industrial Way across the street from Allagash. Definitive Brewing plans to open this Spring.
Month: January 2018
Best Meals of 2017
Maine Sunday Telegram restaurant critic Andrew Ross has assembled his list of the best meals he had last year.
Looking back, I count myself extraordinarily lucky to have lived in Maine over the past 12 months – fork (and occasionally chopsticks) in hand to fend off the world outside.
Bubba’s Sulky Lounge
Down East has published a feature about Bubba’s Sulky Lounge.
The “mayor of Portland Street,” as Bubba has been called, is a retired Marine, former high-school basketball star, and proud owner of 14 race horses (hence the bar’s name — a “sulky” being a two-wheeled, jockey-toting cart used in harness racing). Bubba’s tall and soft-spoken, a lifelong Portlander who doesn’t like talking about his age but is somewhere in the neighborhood of 80. He opened Bubba’s in 1961, rebuilt it after a fire in 1981, and put in the light-up dance floor sometime thereafter (no one quite remembers). He stops in daily, often adding this or that to the decor.
Maine Craft Distilling will begin serving brunch this Sunday, 10 – 3.
10 Years Ago in January
As a kid my favorite part of reading Scientific American was the 50 and 100 Years Ago section. Being able to look back and see what the hot topics in science with a century earlier was fascinating.
While I don’t (yet) have an accurate take on the food scene in Portland a century ago, Portland Food Map reached its 10-year anniversary last year. Daily chronicling the food scene has produced a lot of information to work with and this month I’m going to start a new monthly column looking back at what the key stories were a decade ago.
Here’s a look at the top stories from January 2008:
- StarEast opened in Woodfords Corner.
- News of Novare Res became public—this brought the Under Construction List up to a total of 12(!) businesses under development.
- Nancy English was the Maine Sunday Telegram restaurant critic, and blogs Type A Diversions and Portland Psst were very active in reviewing and reporting on what was going on.
- Otto Pizza co-owner Mike Keon changed the name of his Commercial Street restaurant from Crab Louie to One Eyed Jacks Pizza.
- Three years prior to the launch of Instagram, Portland food blogger From Way Away registered the word ‘Pastarazzi‘ into the Urban Dictionary. It was defined, “Foodie bloggers who insist on taking pictures of their meal at nice restaurants.”
- Rabelais and Slow Food Portland collaborated to hold the Slow Food Writers Night at SPACE Gallery.
- Both Bleachers and Wild Oats closed.
Under Construction: Poké Pop
A new poké shop called Poké Pop is under construction at 658 Congress Street in Longfellow Square. The 29-seat restaurant plans to serve poké, bubble tea and bingsu, a dessert made with shaved ice sweetened with condensed milk and fruit syrup.