Nura Opens Friday

The owners of Falafel Mafia, Dylan and Cameron Gardner, are opening their new restaurant Nura (instagram) on Friday. Nura is located at 1 Monument Way, in the space formerly occupied by Foley’s/Scattaloni Bakery and which many years ago was home to the Victory Deli.

Nura will be a 30-seat hummusiya open for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. They’ll open 10:30 am – 7 pm on this Friday.

Here’s a look at their opening day menu:

Anoche Opens Today

Anoche (websiteinstagram) opens today at 4 pm. The Basque-inspired cider bar with a Spanish pinxtos-centered menu is located at 43 Washington Ave. Owner Erika Colby has completely designed the former Coffee by Design with a “historical Asturian cider-house design”.

Cocktail Mary Now Open

A new cocktail bar called Cocktail Mary (website, instagram) held a soft opening last night. They’ll be back open tonight at 5 pm. Cocktail Mary is located in the former Ramen Suzukiya space located at 229 Congress Street.

Owner Isaac MacDougal grew up in Portland where his family owned and operated Vaughan Street Variety. MacDougal has worked as a general manager or bartender in a number of restaurants in New York City including at WD-50. In Portland he was the original bartender at Izakaya Minato from 2017 until earlier this year.

The New Cheese Shop Opens on Friday

The Cheese Shop (websiteinstagramfacebook) plans to open their new store located at 107 Washington Ave on Friday at 10 am. A wine tasting with Devenish Wines is taking place 4 – 6:30 pm.

The new store will sell a larger selection, they’ll also begin offering evening classes and have some space for seating and producer demonstrations. Here’s a look at the opening day menu:Owners Will and Mary Sissle opened The Cheese Shop opened September 28, 2018 and have quickly developed a loyal customer base working out of their container sized space in The Black Box incubator.

Ishi Ishi Ramen, a 9-seat ramen counter, is slated to takeover their former Black Box shipping container space.

Small City Big Appetite Shirts, Mugs and Totes

I’m very happy to announce the launch of a line of Portland Food Map branded merchandise available via our new e-commerce store. Beautifully designed by Sofija Razgaitis, the t-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs, and stickers celebrate tiny Portland’s culinary achievements with the new PFM tagline “Small City. Big Appetite”.

The totes are great for your weekend trips to the Farmers’ Market or for fall apple-picking forays. The soft cotton t-shirts are the perfect, visible way to show your love for our wonderful, food-obsessed city. The coffee mugs and stickers are your constant reminder to visit all those restaurants, bars, coffee shops, breweries, and specialty food businesses we are so lucky to have.

The initial collection includes:

  • Tote Bag – natural cotton canvas tote (15 x 15) emblazoned with the “Small City. Big Appetite.” tagline and the circular PFM peninsula map logo on the reverse.
  • Short Sleeve T-shirt – silver gray 100% cotton jersey t-shirt with “Small City. Big Appetite.” across the chest and a small Portland Food Map logo on back.
  • Long sleeve T-shirt – navy blue 100% cotton jersey t-shirt with a small Portland Food Map logo on the front and “Small City. Big Appetite.” emblazoned across the back.
  • Coffee Mugs – diner-style coffee mugs (sold in pairs) featuring the “Small City. Big Appetite.” tagline and the circular PFM peninsula map logo on the reverse.
  • PFM Logo Stickers – share your passion for Portland Food Map by displaying one of these diamond-shaped 3″ x 2.25″ PFM logo stickers on your laptop, notebook, etc. If you see someone walking around town with one on their blue iPad come say hello, that’s probably me.

Candy’s is Now Open

Candy’s (websiteinstagram) opened for business on Thursday. They’re located at 34 Portland Street adjacent to the Maine Oyster Company. Candy’s is hybrid of a coffee shop by day, a cafe/cocktail bar at night and a “queer community hub” all the time.

grab a coffee and hang in the queer library in the morning. shoot some pool. teach a workshop. attend a workshop. come to a show. host a show. listen to our podcast. bring the fam, whatever that may mean to you. drink a drink. eat some snacks. talk to pals. be kind to one another.

Candy’s is sourcing their coffee beans from Onyx Coffee Lab, a roaster from Arkansas prepared by barista Milo Degoosh. If you stop later in the day when the bar is open I can recommend the Mainer’s Sazerac.