A new knife sharpening service called Strata (website, instagram) launched earlier this year. Owner Evan Atwell sharpens knives using a traditional Japanese whetstone process.

Atwell is looking to expand Strata in the coming months to include retail sales of specialty Japanese and French cutlery  and eventually include knives from New England producers as well.

Atwell moved to Portland from California where he worked for the Bi-Rite Market group. He currently works as a butcher at Rosemont Market.

Independent Ice Co. Open

The Independent Ice Company (website, facebook, instagram) opened Saturday night serving a list of house cocktails, whiskey flights and with an extensive bottle list of whiskeys, bourbons, scotches, and ryes.

Independent Ice is located at 52 Wharf Street and will be open Sunday at 4pm. They’ll be closed Monday and will reopen Tuesday when they hope to have their kitchen up and full food menu available

Bob’s Clam Hut Opens Today

The new Bob’s Clam Hut (website, facebook, instagram) located at 111 Cumberland Ave in Portland is scheduled to open today at noon with an expanded menu.

“I’ve always kept my eyes open for potential expansion opportunities but was waiting for a location to really grab me and this one did. We had decided a while ago that any new Bob’s would need to be in a standalone building and this spot in Portland stood prominently and quaintly (as all clam shacks should), on the corner of five streets,” says Owner Michael Landgarten. “We are excited to continue revitalizing the East Bayside neighborhood and our team is definitely eager to grow, as proven by the explosion of energy and desire to go work in this new Bob’s outpost in Portland.”

Simply Vegan by Silly’s Now Open

Simply Vegan by Silly’s opened on Saturday. The 9-seat cafe and market is located at 68 Washington Ave where they serve a menu of vegan soups, toasts, salads, sandwiches and drinks, as well as Silly’s vegan Triple Layer Chocolate Cake.

Simply Vegan by Silly’s also has Silly’s foods, sauces, meals and baked goods available for takeout.

New Food Coma Episode

Food Coma TV has released the first of twenty 5-minute episodes they’ll be putting out this season. This is the first new content from Food Coma since they disbanded in 2012.

Crown Jewel Opening Soon

Crown Jewel (websitefacebookinstagram) is set to open later this week, the specific date and time are still TBD.

The 35-seat restaurant is on Great Diamond Island. Owner Alex Wight was the organizer of the highly regarded Flanagans Table series that ran for several years in Buxton.

Crown Jewel will be open seasonally through Columbus Day. Rocky Hunter is the chef for the restaurant; Hunter was formerly a co-chef de cuisine at David’s Opus Ten. Here’s a look at the opening menu he’s put together for Crown Jewel: