Rosanna’s Ice Cream has announced plans to close at the end of February.
So, the big news is that I’m closing down at the end of February. The main reason is that the toll Rosanna’s has been taking on my physical health is unjustifiable. I’m ready to let go, get healthy, and try something new before diabetes gets more of a toehold (which it’s threatening to do).
There are always some business closings at this time of the year but there does seem to be more this year. Since the start of November we’ve seen the closing of the Commercial Street Rosemont, Bolster Snow, the All Those Who Wander coffee shop, Fuji turned into N to Tail, Grace, Federal Spice, Juiced, Little Bigs, Ice It Bakery, Maine Wraps closed 2 of their 3 locations, CBD will be closing their Washington Ave coffee shop, and now Rosanna’s.
Coffee by Design owners Mary Allen Lindermann and Alan Spear have announced plans to close their coffee shop at 43 Washington Ave as of February 28th.
Opening our doors at 43 Washington Avenue in January 2005 offered us a wonderful opportunity to add to the Coffee By Design family of neighborhood coffeehouses and increase the space we needed for our growing coffee roastery. Over the years we have come to know many of you and feel that you are part of the CBD family. There are many memories we will cherish.
It is bittersweet to share the news that after months of careful review, we have decided against renewing our coffeehouse lease at Washington Avenue.
Coffee by Design sold the building to Duckfat last year. In the closing announcement Lindermann and Spear make the interesting comment that,
Having been tenants, they had ties with the neighborhood and had dreams of what they wanted to do here. We look forward to seeing what they choose to do, which will surely add to this already wonderful neighborhood.
Maine Wraps has closed their shops in Scarborough and South Portland to redirect their focus and energy on the Maine Wraps on Congress Street in Portland.
This winter’s Closing Season numbers continue to add up with the demise of the retail stores in Portland and Yarmouth for Ice It Bakery, as reported by the Press Herald,
Ice It! Bakery has closed both of its retail locations in Portland and Yarmouth, but will continue selling wholesale baked goods and booking birthday parties, according to a notice posted on the bakery’s website.
Little Bigs owners, Pamela and James Plunkett, have announced that after 6 years in business they’ve closed their South Portland bakery.
Dear beloved customers – it’s been 6 years of high highs & low lows, and it’s time to finally say goodbye. We’ve done our best, all for you; thank each and every one of you for loving our food. Here’s hoping our paths cross again.
Juiced (website, instagram) is closing their Portland location on Forest Ave effective December 29th.
According to their post on instagram, “Unfortunately it has not worked out here in Portland. If you or someone you know is interested in our cafe space or equipment, please reach out!”
Federal Spice (website, facebook) has gone out of business. A sign posted at the restaurant by owner Eric Martin indicates that the restaurant closed December 24th because the owner was “unable to reach an amicable lease renewal” for the new year. The message goes on to say that,
The Federal Spice team would like to sincerely thank all our customers for their support and patronage over the years and wish you well.
Bolster, Snow & Co., the restaurant inside The Francis, is closing. Here’s the announcement from the owners,
The team at The Francis have made the difficult decision to close Bolster, Snow & Co. effective immediately. After an exciting first year, we (Nate & Tony DeLois) are looking to focus on the growing success of our modern boutique hotel. Bolster Snow will open for one night in December – for the planned “Feast of the Seven Fishes” on Christmas Eve. During the winter, the restaurant space will be available for hotel events, as well as short-term pop-ups while we scout for a new operator.
In related news chef Nick Verdisco has launched NV Hospitality Group LLC which he describes on instagram as, “A chef owned and operated restaurant group that will be starting here in Maine. Bringing Good Food to Good People. simple local fun eclectic italian .”
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.
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.