Under Construction: Slab Sicilian Streetfood & The Jewel Box

Two new restaurants have submitted their liquor license applications for review at Monday’s City Council meeting:

  • Slab Sicilian Streetfood is collaboration by baker Stephen Lanzalotta, the owners of Nosh and other business partners.  Slab will be located in the section of the original Portland Public Market that had housed Scales. The menu “will exemplify the centuries old street-food culture of Sicily”. The 75 seat restaurant (see construction photos on Instagram) will be able to accommodate as many as 100 additional customers when the outdoor patio is in use. They plan to be open 7 days a week, 11 am to 1 am. You can see a draft menu (page 60)  in the meeting materials.


  • The Jewel Box is a new craft cocktail bar being launched by Nathaniel Meiklejohn. The bar will be located at 644 Congress Street about equidistant between the State Theater and Longfellow Square. The first floor will seat 18 and there’s semi-private mezzanine space with room for up to 8. In addition cocktail and other drinks, Nan’l will be serving a small mostly vegetarian food menu. You can sign-up for TJB’s mailing list on their website: thebeardedladysjewelbox.com.


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