Cheevitdee for Breakfast

Cheevitdee, the Thai restaurant at the corner of Fore and Market, now serves breakfast Friday through Sunday. I enjoyed the Brunch Set #1, a Thai-style sunny side egg, pork and shrimp dumplings, fried Thai donuts and toast, and a mug of coffee.

Review of Po’ Boys & Pickles

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed the Po’ Boys & Pickles.

Po’ Boys & Pickles has become an institution in Portland’s Deering Junction neighborhood. Opened in late 2009, the New Orleans sandwich shop has built up a loyal following for its Cajun-esque dishes. Some, like smoky red beans and rice with andouille sausage, and the Peacemaker po’ boy, a crusty French-bread roll stuffed to busting with deep-fried oysters and shrimp, are worth seeking out. Salads may not be particularly Louisiana-inspired, but they are also good, especially the falafel salad with a zippy, Creole-mustard-and-red-wine vinaigrette. However, the menu needs a thorough edit…

Lone Pine Gorham Opens Next Week

Lone Pine Brewing have announced plans to open their new Gorham brewery next week.

April 13th will be the first glance of our new Gorham production facility. A staff meet and greet and, for Saturday only, we will be running personal tours through our entire campus. We will otherwise not offer full tours until later this year.

The tasting room will have 16 drafts pouring, including a showcase of our first barrel-aged sours. Long-term barrel storage is the center-point of our warehouse and Saturday will be our first display of what we have been aging for the past 12 months.

Lone Pine will continue to operate their East Bayside tasting room after the Gorham location opens.

For more on Lone Pine’s new brewery see this article from Mainebiz.

Under Construction: Three Strong Spirits

A new distillery named Three Strong Spirits (website, facebook, instagram) is under construction in East Bayside  in a 6,200 sq ft space at 35B Diamond Street.

Owners David McConnell and Sam Pierce hope to open the tasting room this June.

Three Strong Spirits is named after a colonial era punch recipe “one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak”.

Under Construction: The Cider House

The owner of Good News Coffee and Package, Michael Vassallo, has decided to change the concept of his business from a coffee and retail store to a cider bar.

The Cider House, located at 28 Brackett Street, will serve ciders from Maine and New England as well as from elsewhere in the US and from international producers along with a “compact tapas-style menu with a few larger items”. Vassallo plans to be open evenings as well as midday on the weekends.

New Cafe Slated for Old Aurora Building

Liz Koenigsberg and her husband chef Will Lavey, the couple who bought Blue Spoon last year, have leased the former Aurora Provisions building in the West End where they plan to open Blue Spoon Cafe & Catering.

Blue Spoon Cafe & Catering will be a casual breakfast and lunch cafe with coffee service and foods to go. It will also be a home base to expand Blue Spoon’s catering service.

Koenigsberg and Lavey shared that as former West End residents, they appreciate what role Aurora Provisions played as a community meeting place and want to open a cafe that bring that back to the neighborhood. They hope to open Blue Spoon Cafe & Catering in May.

Aurora Provisions went out of business last year and the property was bought at auction by real estate developer Tom Landry in January.

For additional information Koenigsberg encourages people to email her at

Royal Lunch Bar Opens Wednesday

Royale Lunch Bar (websitefacebookinstagram) a new 25-seat cafe at 11 Union Street is slated to open for business at 8 am on Wednesday. The draft menu included pastrami sandwiches, reubens, roast chicken sandwiches, burgers, and grilled cheese.

Royale Lunch is owned by Garrett FitzGerald along with business partners Teagan Curry, Joe Farr, and Mike Willett. FitzGerald owns the Bar Harbor Lobster Company. His last venture in Portland was the Portland & Rochester on Preble Street.

Rebel Cheesesteaks

A new food cart called Rebel Cheesesteaks (instagram) is under development and owner Peter Murphy hopes to be out on the streets of the Old Port sometime in early May.

Rebel will be serving a choice of “local shaved ribeye or smoky north spore mushrooms served on a 10” botto’s hoagie roll with philly cream cheese whiz choice of American, cheddar, mozzarella, pepper jack and options to add peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon and eggs”.

Murphy has spent the past two and a half years working at the Other Side Deli on Veranda Street. He hails from New Jersey near Philadelphia.