Rosemont Market & Wine Bar

Rosemont opened their new market and wine bar on Thompson’s Point yesterday. According to an article in this week’s Portland Phoenix,

[Rosemont Marketing Director Holly] Martzial described the new Rosemont as being a “picnic Rosemont” that will carry grab-and-go items like sushi, noodles, yogurt, some fresh fruit, and ice cream treats. The wine bar will also offer small plates to complement its wine pairings, including items like meat and cheese, but Martzial said overall most of the offerings will be snack-like instead of full meal portions.

The wine bar, she added, will offer a selection of wines that are available at all of Rosemont’s markets. Martzial said the staff plans to open the new Rosemont for outdoor service only and will start slowly with its schedule.

Belleville Plans for the Future

Belleville has announced that they are in the process of signing a lease for a production bakery space. The new space will enable them to expand their production capacity and “efficiently operate a sustainable business”. They will also be making some renovations to their Munjoy Hill storefront which will remain the primary retail space for the business.

We’ve severely missed baking for you all but are forever grateful for the time and space we’ve found to reimagine this bakery. Thanks in part to so many of you, we’ve rediscovered our joy and passion and are incredibly inspired to continue living out this dream.

Belleville plans to be closed for the remainder of August but will resume holding periodic pop-ups in September. When they reopen on North Street Belleville will be open 4-5 days a week for breakfast and lunch.

At some point in the future a second retail shop for Belleville may open at their new bakery.

One Fifty Ate Permanently Closing

One Fifty Ate (aka 158 Pickett Street Cafe) announced today that they’re permanently closing their South Portland cafe.

WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU to all our our incredible customers & employees over the past 20 amazing years of our beloved shop.
Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to PERMANENTLY CLOSE our doors. 😢
Much of this is a result of the combined effect that COVID-19 has had on our industry, the labor shortage, increased cost of goods, and our need to refocus our efforts on our other endeavors.
We are HONORED to have served the community, and shared many great times with each and every one of you.
Thank you all. So very much.
Stay tuned for updates on “Ashley’s Going Away” & our “Farewell Friends” party. We would love a chance to see you again.
Much ❤️love❤️ from,
Josh, Ashley, Katie & the many years of the pirate crew

To read more about 158 see this recent article in Mainer News.

Buzz Coffee on Exchange

Buzz Coffee (instagram), a new coffee food cart that launched this year in mid-May, has leased space at 19 Exchange Street where they plan to open a brick and mortar cafe in the subterranean space formerly occupied by Blake Orchard.

The new space will enable an expanded menu that includes espresso drinks, drip coffee, cold brew, teas, and locally made bagels and cream cheese spreads as well as “a small curated selection of local art and Maine made goods”.

The cafe is expected to open in October. The coffee cart will continue to be in operation throughout the fall and be back on the streets next spring.

$7k Hi-Fidelity Beer Kickstarter

Hi-Fidelity Beer (websitefacebookinstagram) has launched a $7k crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. to help open the doors at their East Bayside low/mid ABV brewery.

Owners PD Wappler and Dante Maderal have leased Unit 6 at 200 Anderson Street where they are planning to launch with a 3 barrel system. The Hi-Fidelity Beer tasting room they will serve their own house beers as well as a variety of liquid refreshment with non-alcoholic options such as coffee, tea, and house-flavored seltzer.

The tagline for Hi-Fidelity is  “our beer, your space”. They envision operating a tasting room that melds a traditional brewery tasting room and a public space that will appeal to the members of the Portland arts community.

Maderal was formerly a brewer at Atlantic Brewing in Bar Harbor, and Wappler is a musician. They hope to open Hi-Fidelity Beer by the end of this summer.

Zephyr Ice Opens Thursday

Zephyr Ice (instagram) will be opening their new shaved ice shop this Thursday. Zephyr Ice is located at 129 Spring Street. Owners Julie and Don Martin launched Zephyr as a food cart last summer. This will be their first brick and mortar location.

Zephyr Ice will be open Thursday and Friday, 4 – 8 pm.

The Lobstering Centenarian

The Boston Globe has published an article about 101 year old Maine lobsterwoman Virginia Oliver.

In the world of Maine lobstering, it’s a scene that is repeated countless times up and down the state’s rugged coast. But here’s the difference: No other boat has a 101-year-old lobsterwoman aboard, and a fully working one at that.

“I grew up with this,” said Virginia Oliver, a Rockland woman who began lobstering when she was 8, just before the Great Depression. “It’s not hard work for me. It might be for somebody else, but not me.”

Gather For Sale

Owner Matthew Chappell has put his Yarmouth restaurant, Gather, up for sale.

After nearly a decade of owning and operating Gather, I have begun the process to find a new buyer that will lead Gather for the next 10 years. I’m excited about new challenges ahead for me personally, and equally committed to finding a new owner who will carry the restaurant forward.

Rest assured, Gather will continue to operate as it has during this transition -bringing you Maine ingredients from all those amazing farmers, brewers, oyster growers, tortilla makers, and more.

Interested parties should contact Kirk Butterfield at

New Brewery Differentiation

MaineBiz has published an article on a new crop of Maine breweries and the approaches they’re taking to differentiate themselves.

With the count now up to 150 breweries in Maine, new craft beer makers are seeking to differentiate themselves from the pack in creative ways, with a focus on niche styles and offering more than just beer.

Playing off a sense of nostalgia for favorite childhood treats, Odd by Nature Brewing, which opened recently in Cape Neddick, focuses on ice cream IPAs, candy beers and pastry stouts. The brewpub also offers beer cocktails.

One of the businesses mentioned in the article, Lucky Pigeon Brewing Company, has announced they plan to open on August 20th. Lucky Pigeon will be Maine’s first dedicated gluten-free brewery. They are located in Biddeford.