Now Open: Totally Tubers, De Nada Empanadas

Two new businesses launched over the weekend:

Totally Tubers, a new food vendor on the second floor of the Public Market House. Totally Tubers sells Russet and sweet potato based dishes. Totally Tubers is run by the same owners as Daily Greens.

De Nada Empanadas (instagram) launched on Saturday at Bunker Brewing. De Nada is Winter business run by the owners of the Fishin Ships food truck. They will be making the rounds at various Portland breweries.

Apprenticeship Program

SMCC and HospitalityMaine are launching a kitchen apprenticeship program.

Apprentices would be required to work 2,000 hours in the industry and earn between 24 and 28 college credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree. The program is designed so students can take online and classroom courses in late fall and winter and work full time in the summer, the busiest season for restaurants and hotels in southern Maine. While employed, workers concentrate on learning skills needed for careers in the industry.

Mr. Tuna Now Open

Mr. Tuna (instagram, facebook) held a soft opening Friday, and I’m happy to announce that beginning today they will be serving their excellent sushi hand rolls in their sleek new space in the Public Market House, 11 am – 7 pm, 7 days a week.

Owner Jordan Rubin launched the business in 2017 as a food cart on Commercial Street. Mr. Tuna joins a long list of Portland food businesses that have gotten their start as a mobile operation before making the leap to brick and mortar.

Prior to Mr. Tuna, Rubin had worked at Uni Sashimi Bar in Boston and Solo Italiano in Portland.

Portland Zoo Now Open

A new bar called the Portland Zoo (instagram) opened this week at 41 Fox Street. Portland Zoo is open 7 days a week starting at 2pm each day.

They’re opening draft list includes beers from Oxbow, Lone Pine, Rising Tide, Fore River, Allagash, Orono Brewing, Foundation, and Battery Steele.