All Those Who Wander Moving

Just about a month after the pocket-sized coffee shop opened on Washington Ave, All Those Who Wander is moving to a new location. The windows are papered over and a sign states, “We have begun the process of moving to our new location…very exciting things to come! Thank you all for patience and understanding as we make this transition.”

No details are available yet on their new location.


New Owners for Casa Novello

The American Journal reports that Hope Lawler is in the process of buying Casa Novello from owner/co-founder Larry Manoogian.

Manoogian said many of his customers’ favorite Italian dishes will continue to be served.  Lawler said she intends to make some changes, such as bringing in some of her own recipes and opening for lunch Wednesday through Saturday and offering brunch on Sundays during the summer.

Krista Cole Interview

Boston Voyager has published an interview with Sur Lie co-owner Krista Cole.

Krista, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in East Millinocket, Maine and became a nurse twelve years ago. I also met my best friend and business partner, Antonio Alviar, at that time. We were both waiting tables in Bar Harbor… just a couple of college kids.

Maine Beverages for Thanksgiving

The Press Herald has published a round-up of Maine ciders, beers, wines and meads for pairing with your Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.

Choosing a Maine-made beverage celebrates more than Thanksgiving. It shows just how far Maine has come in 30 years. In the late 1980s, Maine had just one winery that made fruit wine. The state had no other wineries, meaderies, no craft brewery scene, or distilleries of its own. Today there’s a wealth of options. So when you serve a Maine-made beverage with your turkey, you’re celebrating Maine along with the holiday.

At my holiday table I’ll be serving Armenian sparkling wine, pinot noir from Saint Innocent Winery in Oregon, German beer, some excellent Maine cider from Bent Bough, Tandem Coffee and Q Tonic. What beverages are you having with your Thanksgiving meal?

Grace Closing at End of Year

Owner Anne Verrill has announced plans to cease regular restaurant service at Grace as of December 31st and focus the use of the Chestnut Street building on events in the coming year.

It is with bittersweet emotions, that we announce December 31st will be our last full service as Grace Restaurant. Since the beginning we have had two operations running in tandem, the full service restaurant and our events department. Going into 2019, we have decided it is time to concentrate on events exclusively and to that end we will continue booking seemlessly and under the same management. We are excited about the future and look forward to being able to host a wider range of functions with a more flexible schedule. While we are closing this first chapter, please stay tuned for the next. 

This Week’s Events: Minstorm, Thanksgiving, Food Lab Market

WednesdayFoundation Brewing will be having a new New England IPA (7.1%) called Mindstorm on draft in their tasting room, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving is just 11 days away. Here’s a list of the restaurants I’ve heard are doing holiday dinners that day:

SaturdayFork Food Lab will be holding a mid-day market where all their vendors will have products on sale.

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.

Reviews: Independent Ice, Cheese Shop, AC Lounge

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Independent Ice Co.,

But its newest tenant, The Independent Ice Company, has transformed it into a sophisticated and – believe it or not – cozy whiskey bar with a surprisingly broad menu of casual dishes. Don’t skip the signature cocktails, all slightly tweaked versions of classics served with (naturally) their own specially formulated shape of ice. The rosemary sour is a zingy pleasure, and the Rufus Page Black Walnut Old Fashioned might well be my favorite autumn cocktail this year. While you’re sipping, order a pair of outsized, bacon-wrapped meatloaf sliders; a cone of Belgian-style, house-cut fries or even a kale-and-arugula salad. Yes, you read that right: a salad… on Wharf Street.

The Golden Dish has reviewed The Cheese Shop, and

The focus of the Cheese Shop is, of course, cheese curated from top European and local creameries as well as a fine selection of vinegars, olive oils, charcuterie, coffees, pastas and preserves.

Press Herald has reviewed AC Lounge.

The wine selection is impressive, offering 6-ounce or 9-ounce portions of one rose, five white, and six reds, all ranging from $8 to $10 for the smaller and $12 to $14 for larger pours. There’s also an $8 sparkling wine and a $7 sherry. In keeping with the hotel’s origins, nine of the options are from Spain. The 15 beer choices range from $5 to $8; I didn’t see any Spanish options, but there are lots of local ones. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there are espresso martinis on tap. Burp.

Commercial Street Rosemont Closing

Rosemont Market has shared the news that they’ll be closing their Commercial Street store as of November 21st.

This was an incredibly difficult decision, and one that we did not come by lightly.

We want to say thank you to every single customer who ever shopped there. Our hope is that you will visit our close-by Munjoy Hill and West End stores, where our staff is standing by.

Commercial Street employees are being redeployed to other Rosemont markets in Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth, Portland and the upcoming store in Falmouth.