Blue Lobster Tasting Room Opens Today

Owners Chris Gamble and Jason Kroot are opening the new Blue Lobster Urban Winery (website, facebook,  instagram) tasting room today. The tasting room serves Blue Lobster wines and cider as well as beer, cocktails, mocktails and other non-alcoholic drinks. See below for their full menu.

Blue Lobster will initially be open Monday through Thursday 2 – 7 pm, Friday 2 – 8 pm, Saturday noon – 8 pm and Sunday noon – 6 pm.

BLUW was founded in 2017 and for the last 7 years has been located in the Rockingham Electric building just down the road at 219 Anderson Street. Both the production facility and the tasting room are now relocated to 200 Anderson Street.

Stonewall Reopens in Portland

Stonewall Kitchen (websitefacebookinstagram) opened their new retail shop today. It’s located at 215 Commercial Street and will be open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 7 pm and Sundays 10 am – 6 pm.

The former Stonewall Kitchen shop had been located on Middle Street across from Bard Coffee. They moved out in early 2022 to make way for the construction about to commence in the building.

Bar Publica in Bayside

Bar Publica (website, facebook, instagram) opened for business on Saturday. The bar, kitchen and nightlife spot is in West Bayside located in between Wilson County Barbecue and Argenta Brewing on Hanover Street.

As you can see from the menu below, bar manager Dustin Williams and chef Jordi Harper are serving a pan-Latin American menu of food and cocktails. Shown above (bottom right) is a mezcal-based Grapefruit Negroni and the Salchipapa, a dish of roast potatoes topped with house-made chorizo, pork, queso fresco, blistered corn, garlic sauce and aji.

The bar and dining area can seat up to 65 people. There’s also rooftop and ground floor outdoor seating areas.

Bar Publica will be opening this week on Wednesday through Friday, 4 pm – 1 am, and they hope to expand the hours this weekend to be from noon to 1 am. Once they get underway, Bar Publica plans to be open seven days a week. Friday and Saturday night (10 pm onward) there will be a DJ and the dining room will transform into a dance floor (upper right photo). The kitchen closes at 10 pm each night.

Bar Publica was launched by Wilson County co-owner Spencer Brantley along with business partners David Kelley and Ciaran Sheenhan who are the founders of Ri Ra.

Another Round Opening Friday

Another Round (websiteinstagram) is set to open on Friday,  8 am – 9 pm. The board game bar and cafe is located at 549 Congress Street in the storefront between Nosh and Regards.

Owner Harry Sultan has around 125 different board games available to play which Sultan hopes means he’ll have something for just about everyone with games for people playing in groups, in pairs and solo. Another Round has classics like Monopoly and Uno, games like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride as well as perhaps less well known ones like Brass Birmingham, Wingspan and Azul.

The space has a mix of table and banquet seating in the front side of the shop and a bar area and lounge seating towards the back where the counter service cafe is located. The drinks menu includes brewed and espresso-based coffee drinks featuring Onyx Coffee, hot and iced tea featuring Little Red Cup, beer, and cocktails with a selection of non-alcoholic drinks.

After their opening day Another Round will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 8 am – 9 pm.

Pot + Pan Kitchen

Pot + Pan Kitchen (website, facebook, instagram) will be opening their new retail store on June 15th, 10 am – 7 pm. They’re located in Woodfords Corner at 646 Forest Ave.

The Pot + Pan shop will sell their house made line of low dose culinary cannabis edibles as well as kitchenware and party goods. The bakery will feature baked goods like their mini bundt cakes as well as chocolate bars, bonbons, and gummies prepared by chef Tara Cannaday.

Pot + Pan was founded in 2015. Cannaday appeared on season 2 of the Food Network’s Summer Baking Championship, was profiled in Forbes and is the cannabis writer for Edible Maine.

DelivCo Food Delivery

A new food delivery service called DelivCo (website, facebook) launched over the past weekend. DelivCo will be serving Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Falmouth, and Westbrook.

Owner Doug Clark has experience working for other national and local delivery companies and has decided to start his own company. DelivCo has launched with delivery for Brickyard Hollow, and Clark anticipates adding more restaurants to his roster in the coming weeks.

Hours of operation are 11 am – 9 pm.

Low Stakes Lodge on Exchange Street

Andy Gerry, Baxter Key, and Peter Bissell—the owners of The Highroller Lobster Company—plan to open their new restaurant Low Stakes Lodge (instagram) later this month.

The new steakhouse is located at 106 Exchange Street in the space adjacent to Highroller that was most recently occupied by Timber.  The dining room includes a 13-seat bar, booth seating along the wall and upper seating area with a capacity of about 70 overall.

The menu will include prime Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, New York Strip and other steak cuts as well as some other entrees. A Bloomin’ Onion, Wedge Salad and French Onion Soup are among the appetizers. The beverage program will include classic and house cocktails, draft beer and wines by the glass and bottle.

Low Stakes draws inspiration from traditional steakhouse design and blends it with Maine history and some twists from the owners’ memories of the Bugaboo Creek chain. An animatronic moose head (named Moosifer) is mounted in the dining room. It has glowing red eyes, looks from side to side while twitching its ears and occasionally blows steam out its nose.

The mural that stretches the full length of the bar was painted by Spenser MacLeod (aka Leonardo Devinci) and the large format Maine historical photos were sourced by Timothy Goldkin from Ramble More Design. David Johansen (aka Neon Dave) has produced a piece for the restaurant as well.

Low Stakes Lodge will be open Thursday through Sunday, 5– 10 pm.

For a information on all the new businesses under development in Portland see our Under Construction list.

Salvage Reopening Tuesday

Salvage BBQ (website, facebook, instagram) is set to reopen on Tuesday with a renovated dining room and new menu.

The new menu (see below) features a wider range of sandwiches as well as a rice and bean bowl and a salad bowl. There are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu. The overall layout of the dining room remains the same, but vintage dining sets have replaced the green painted picnic table.

The hours for Salvage will be Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 am – 10 pm, Friday/Saturday 11:30 am – 11 pm, and Sundays 11:30 am – 9 pm. The kitchen service will wrap-up an hour prior to close each evening.

Salvage launched in 2013. It had temporarily closed in late 2023.

Angoor to Open Today

Angoor Wine Bar (websiteinstagram) is set to open today at 3 pm. They’re located 100 Fore Street in a newly designed space in the same building as WEX and the Roux Institute. Angoor is being launched by Sangeeta Nasiff and Rafael Dones.

Angoor is a self pour wine bar. The wine list (see below) includes a wide range of options for customers to choose from. Once you’ve made a selection you can just walk up to one of the machines, and have it dispense a 2, 4 or 6 ounce pour. A personal ID card is issued to customers when they arrive which is used to digitally keep track and to assemble the final bill.

Angoor also has some food options. Shown above is a cheese and meat board which can customized by selecting from 7 cheeses, 4 meats and a few other items like gluten-free crackers, mixed nuts and marinated olives. The menu also offers empanadas, samosas, and desserts from Sugarcane and Two Fat Cats.

The stylish modern space offers bar, table and counter seating as well as a lounge area with upholstered chairs and sofas for a larger group to sit together.

Angoor’s hours are Wednesday/Thursday 3 – 9 pm, Friday 3 – 10 pm, Saturday noon – 10 pm, and Sunday noon – 7 pm.


There’s a Lot Going On

Even when factoring in for the normal rapid base of developments in the Portland restaurant scene, there’s been a lot going on this spring. If you’re feeling like nearly every day there’s a new opening or news of another new business development, well that’s because that’s not far off from being the case.

To get caught-up and to see the scale of what’s been happening, here’s a summary of recent/upcoming opening:

And here’s a quick list of other business changes in Portland that have emerged in April and May: