A new business called Good News Coffee & Package (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is under construction in the former West End Omi’s space at 28 Brackett Street. As the name suggests, the business will be a combo coffee shop with beer/wine retail.
Owner Michael Vassallo plans to open Good News in August.
Today’s Press Herald includes a very interesting article about chef Cara Stadler’s project to build an aquaponics greenhouse in Brunswick that will supply vegetables and rainbow trout to her three restaurants.
Now, drivers passing by Tao Yuan in Brunswick are watching the busy chef’s next project come to life before their eyes. Five years in the making, it’s an aquaponic greenhouse in a 55-by-60-foot, two-story building that will also house a new café and a commercial kitchen to supply Stadler’s restaurants. Both Stadler and Kate Holcomb, the 31-year-old project director, say they hope the facility will open this fall.
Longtime Boda staff member Jeremy Sossei along with Boda co-owners Danai ‘Dan’ Sripasert and Nattasak ‘Bob’ Wongsaichua are launching a new company called Empyreal Beverages. Empyreal will initially produce and sell canned nitro cold brew coffee with plans to branch out into a line of flavored cold brew coffees, cold brew seltzers and nitro Thai ice tea as well.
Empyreal has leased space at 1067 Riverside Street and hopes to launch later this year.
The word empyreal means “belonging to or deriving from heaven”, it can also mean “pertaining to the highest heaven or the empyrean; celestial; sublime; exalted”.
Mainebiz reports that Sticky Sweet has leased 600 sq ft of space at 115 Cumberland Ave, just off of Washington Ave. Renovations are expected to begin in July.
A new food truck named Iris Eats (facebook, instagram) is under development and expected to be serving a menu grilled cheese sandwiches on the streets of Portland sometime next month.
A 15-seat poké restaurant called Crunchy Poké (facebook, instagram) is under construction at 426 Fore Street in the space formerly occupied by East End Cupcakes. Crunchy Poké hopes to open in September.
Three new vendors are moving into the Public Market House:
- Mr. Tuna is moving into a space on the first floor. Owner Jordan Rubin will be operating this space in addition two his two existing food carts.
- Sichuan Kitchen is opening a 2nd location on the second floor of the Public Market House. They’ll be serving an abbreviated version of the menu from their restaurant in Congress Square.
- A new business is called Totally Tubers is moving into a space on the second floor. The self-described potato bar will be serving “loaded potatoes and yams”.
Silly’s owner Colleen Kelley has a new cafe and market under development called Simply Vegan by Silly’s which will serve and sell for takeout Silly’s vegan foods, sauces, meals and baked goods.
The 9-seat counter service establishment will be located at 68 Washington Ave in the space formerly occupied by Centro Latino. Kelley hopes to open in July.
Silly’s itself is coming up on it’s 30th anniversary this July 15th, and during the Summer has deck, patio and now a beer garden out behind the restaurant at 40 Washington Ave.
Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram takes a look at a few challenging restaurant spaces and the factors that have contributed to their high turnover over the years.
A closer examination of what’s happened in some of the high-turnover restaurant spaces in the Old Port – the heart of Portland’s huge restaurant scene – show that, although each space and each occupant has its own story, challenges like size, location and rising rents played into the succession of relatively short stays. For those that have broken the pattern, it’s taken a special ingredient.
A new “nano brewery/beer hall” called Illmadic is under construction at 41 Fox Street, the former location of One Eye Open Brewing Co.
Owner Mark Miller plans to open this Summer serving not only Illmadic’s own beers but those from other brewers. You can see a draft beer menu on page 91 of the City Council meeting materials.