Banded Brewing Kitchen

Banded Brewing
has announced an expanded food program at what they’re now calling the Banded Taproom + Kitchen in Biddeford.

The kitchen has been renovated to allow us to make more food for more folks, [chef Carrie Clark] has been diligently testing recipes, the management team has been diligently sampling french fries and sauces…The menu will feature thoughtful pub fare with all of the housemade sauces, lots of local ingredients, and plenty of options for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike — in addition the Banded staples you’ve come to know and love.

The new menu will launch on Wednesday April 6th when the Biddeford location will be open 4 – 9 pm.

Tomaso’s, WingIt, MK Buffet, Bay Bowls, Friendly Toast, 555 North, The Proper Cup

Spring has arrived and with it news about new restaurants and food trucks is flowing quickly. Here’s the latest:

A new food truck called WingIt (instagram) was on the Eastern Promenade last Friday. As the name suggests wings are at the center of their menu but it also includes burgers, fries, mac and cheese and more.

Bay Bowls (website, instagram) is under construction on Washington Ave in the space formerly occupied by Onggi. The original Bay Bowls is located in Brunswick, and this will be their second location. They are expecting to open April 8th.

Details are still scarce but it’s confirmed that The Friendly Toast (instagram) will be opening a new location in Portland. The original Friendly Toast opened in Portsmouth and there are now eight locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Tomaso’s (instagram) has bought the former Halstead’s food truck and plan to launch their own mobile food business this summer. The menu is still under development but expect it to offer a variety of tacos. Update: The truck will be called Disco Jalisco (instagram).

MK Buffet Restaurant (facebook) has opened in the space formerly occupied by the Shawarma and Kebab House at 683 Forest Ave in Woodfords Corner.

Michelle and Steve Corry are launching 555 North (website, instagram) a revival of their longtime Portland restaurant Five Fifty-Five. 555 North will be located The Federal hotel in Brunswick, and is expected to open this spring.

The Proper Cup (instagram) is closing down for the month as of April 2nd and will use the time to build out a new kitchen for the coffee house. When they reopen The Proper Cup menu will expand to include sandwiches, toasts and salads.

Della Terra Pizza in Saco

A new New York-style pizzeria called Della Terra Pizza (instagram) opened on Wednesday in Saco.

Owner Micah Robinson has put together a menu that includes 16-inch round pizzas (margheritas, white pizzas, etc), 16-inch square pizzas (Sicilians, L&B, etc), a caesar salad and pizza by the slice. There are gluten-free options. The menu will expand to include specialty pies, more salad options, a calzone, and a stromboli roll in the coming days. The menu is available for pre-order.

Della Terra is located at 213 North Street in Saco. They will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm.

Eat It & Beet It Launching March 31st

The first new food truck of the spring, Eat It & Beet It (instagram), will be launching on March 31st at Goodfire Brewing in East Bayside.

Founder Lea Andrukaitis Verrill plans to serve a menu of beef and house-made beet burgers. All of the sandwiches on the menu will also be available in a gluten-free version, and all of the sides will be gluten-free.

Here’s a look at the starting menu for Eat It & Beet It. All the burgers come with the choice of quarter pound 100% beef burgers or vegetarian beet burgers.

Moonday Coffee Now Open

Moonday (instagram) soft launched their new indoor coffee shop on Wednesday while the renovations for coffee shop/jewelry store continue. Their hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 9 – 4.

Owner David Kessel originally launched Moonday this past summer as a food cart serving espresso-based coffee drinks prepared with beans from Speckled Ax. With the move indoors Kessel is expanding his menu with a selection of teas.

Kessel and his partner Rebecca Perea-Kane who is the founder of Thicket (instagram) leased the former Ishi Ishi space on Washington Ave to jointly operate their coffee bar and jewelry businesses.

Dila’s Kitchen Opening Tuesday

Dila’s Kitchen (instagram) is scheduled to open on Tuesday. The new Turkish eatery is located on the 2nd floor of the Public Market House adjacent to Pho Huong and the Frying Dutchman.

Owner Dila Maloney is tapping into her Turkish heritage and family recipes for the menu. For Tuesday’s opening day she’ll be serving Turkish meatballs, chicken skewers, green beans roasted with tomato and onion, and a savory fried dough.

Dila’s will be open Monday through Wednesday, 11 – 4, and Friday/Saturday noon – 5.

The Grateful Cup Opening Tuesday

The Grateful Cup (website, facebook, instagram) is slated to open Tuesday at 7 am. The new juice bar and smoothie cafe is located at 46 Veranda Street in the space formerly occupied by Union Bagel Company. The menu also includes coffee, tea and salads such as the Curry Cat Sunflower made with spinach, kale, chickpea curry salad and a creamy curry dressing.

The four founders (Samantha Allen, James and Amy Harder and Jessica Rexford) are owners or managers at the Float Harder Relaxation Center just a block or so away at the corner of Veranda and Washington. They’re launching the cafe to expand the range of “healthy and convenient lunch options” that they were looking for themselves in the neighborhood.

The Grateful Cup will be open seven days a week, 7 am – 3 pm.

So Who Is Open Today?

Many of Portland’s restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, bars, diners and cafes will be closed today.

But some are opening on Saturday with regular or reduced hours—we’ll be updating this list throughout the day: