Two Fat Cats Opening Saturday (Updated)


Two Fat Cats (websitefacebook, instagram, twitter) has announced they’ll be opening their new bakery cafe at 195 Lancaster Street on Thursday, July 2nd Saturday July 4th. The bakery will offer take-out and pre-order options as well as, a special menu for the opening of their newest location. Indoor dining will be postponed for now.

The new building will provide Two Fat Cats much needed room to continue to grow their business. The 3,000 sq ft building will has space for seating and has onsite parking for customers.

Stacy Begin, Owner, Two Fat Cats Bakery, recalls “The first time I walked into the Lancaster Street building, it was gutted – an empty shell that required imagination. But the spirit of the building grabbed me and said, ‘Make me a bakery.’ And, I said, ‘Yes, you need to be a bakery.’ From that day to this, we saw the potential and the personality of the building come alive. Now when I walk through the door, I see a bakery. Not just any bakery – Two Fat Cats Bakery. It feels like home. It feels like Two Fat Cats. Sometimes you just have to listen to the building. It knows best.”

Two Fat Cats was founded in 2005 by Dana Street, Alison Pray, Matt James, and Kristen DuShane. Begin and Matthew Holbrook bought Two Fat Cats in 2012, and in 2018 TFC added a South Portland location.

Bard Coffee Truck

Bard Coffee is in the process of launching a food truck. They’ve just bought a food truck from North Carolina and will begin renovations starting Monday.

Bard anticipates launching the truck the week of July 6th, and plan to co-locate the truck near Evo X on the Eastern Prom bike/walk path.

Quarantine Cocktails

The Maine Sunday Telegram has posted a roundup of beers and cocktails to go with pandemic-inspired names such as the Dr. Fauci.

If the stress of the pandemic is getting to you, or you just want to try something new that will make you smile, check out our guide to these specialty cocktails and beers below. Just don’t enjoy them in a crowd.

Crowds on Wharf Street

Prompted by images of crowds on Wharf Street Friday night, the City of Portland is assigning code enforcement officers to monitor conditions on Wharf street and made clear that if “the regulations are not followed by businesses then the City will be forced to eliminate outdoor dining on Wharf Street and in other areas in which violations are found.”

For more information see reports in the Press Herald and from News Center Maine.

Food Industry Action Taking Place Today

30 eateries across Maine are taking part today in Food Industry Action. As part of the program participating businesses are raising money for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund by donating “5% of sales…on behalf of a united food community”.

You can see a full list of participating establishments in Maine and across the country on the Food Industry Action website and adjust your plans accordingly to support the initiative.

Food Truck Tracking Apps for Maine

A new mobile app Food Truck Movement (facebook, instagram, twitter) that tracks a growing number of food trucks from across Maine launched earlier this month. The app is the creation of Julian and Rachel Gallo, and is available via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Food Truck Movement currently tracks the location of 9 food trucks including Bogs Bakery, Mac Daddy’s Seafood and Tots, Mainely Meatballs, Muthah Truckah, Nom Bai, Rose’s Spring Rolls, Taco Cat, The Moody Dog, Vantage Point Provisions.

A second food truck tracking app for both Apple and Android called Food Trux (website, instagram, twitter) is in the final stages of development and is launching today in Denver with plans to launch soon in Portland as well.

And a web-based food truck app called Maine Food Truck Tracker (website, instagram, facebook) launched earlier this year. Maine Food Truck Tracker is used by 23 Maine-based food trucks.

Via Vecchia to Open on Friday

 

Via Vecchia (instagramfacebookwebsite) is scheduled to open on Friday with options for both indoor and outdoor seating. Via Vecchia is a new restaurant and bar from Blyth & Burrows owner Joshua Miranda.

Located at 10 Dana Street in the 3,900 sq ft space formerly occupied by Vignola/Cinque Terre, Via Vecchia will be serving a menu of Italian food (think pizzettes, house-made pasta, polenta fries, etc), classic and creative cocktails, and Italian wines.

The Via Vecchia design team have created a beautiful space that draws its inspiration from pre-WWI European bistros. The front room features a circular bar. The back dining room has  seating in the mezzanine and a table for larger parties on the ground floor.

Reservations for Via Vecchia are available on Resy.com.

“Old School” Taiwanese Food Truck

A new food truck called Liu Bian Tan (instagram) is under development. Owner Chung Heng Liu hopes to launch sometime this fall serving a menu of  “old school” Taiwanese street food such as house-made noodles, buns, pancakes, dumplings.  Liu wants to “share often overlooked Taiwanese flavors” and recreate the comfort foods remembered from growing up in Taiwan.

Liu had 20 years+ of experience working in the family Chinese restaurant before moving to Portland three years ago. The name of the food truck is a mash up between Lu Bian Tan which means street stalls in Mandarin and Liu’s last name.

Devenish Raises Money for Restaurant Workers

Ned Swain from Devenish Wines has launched an effort to raise money for restaurant workers impacted by the pandemic. Inspired by the Depression Era WPA project arts initiative, he commissioned four artists to produce designs for t-shirts which are now on sale online.

The four artists are Kimberly Convery, Ryan Adams, Hannah Hirsch and Emma Lucille.

Devenish Wines will be donating profits by this initiative to the Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation, who are “working to provide resources and advocacy for the hospitality workers we know and love–along with the many who too often go unrecognized and for whom the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a pre-existing quality of life crisis.”

You can see the designs and order a shirt now through July 1st at devenishwine.com/shop