Greetings, food lovers! This week, the season of openings continues, as the chef of Bao Bao announces plans to open a wine bar restaurant, a German pub called Jager is slated to join the lineup on Wharf Street, and a distillery and oyster company are planning to open on Washington Ave. In other news, Food & Wine has written a guide to Portland with 14 reasons to visit, Buzzfeed names Urban Sugar the best place to find donuts in the state and Mainely Wraps plans to close their Portland location at the end of next month.
German Pub Jager Joins Wharf Street Lineup
There’s not much to know yet, but Portland Food Map has reported that a German pub called Jager will be joining other Wharf Street offerings like 51 Wharf, newcomer Mark’s Sports Bar and Pearl Night Club. Jager will be a German pub, likely serving German food, which until now could only be found at Portland’s only German restaurant, Schulte & Herr. Stay tuned for more updates as they unfold!
Beet Cocktail at Bao Bao Dumpling House
Cara Stadler of Bao Bao To Open Wine Bar In Portland
When you’re considered one of the best chefs in the world, it can be hard to surprise people. But Cara Stadler, the chef at Bao Bao Dumpling House has done just that, with an announcement that her new restaurant will be a wine bar with a small plates concept. Previously, it was known that the new restaurant, in the space above Styxx, would be run by Stadler, and that the name would be Lio. However, new information from Kathleen Pierce of the Bangor Daily News indicates that Lio will be a wine bar, run by sommelier Chris Peterman that will have small plates, straying from Stadler’s known talent for Asian cuisine, demonstrated at both Bao Bao and Brunswick’s Tao Yuan. Construction on Lio is scheduled to begin in January, with an opening planned for summer 2017.
Distillery & Oysters Coming To Washington Ave
Can’t get enough oysters? Soon, there will be yet another destination for both oysters and drinking. The Bangor Daily News reports that Inner Washington Ave will soon be the new home of Maine Craft Distilling, as well as Massachusetts company Island Creek Oysters, which plans to bring oysters, as well as a bar to the warehouse space. It’s been well documented that Washington Ave is quickly becoming the hip place to be, with popular restaurants like Terlingua and Drifter’s Wife opening, as well as a slew of new restaurants slated to open like the new Japanese gastro pub Izakaya Minato, the pho restaurant CÔNG TỬ BỘT and gin distillery Hardshore Distilling Company. The East Bayside community is truly in the midst of a renaissance, both for food and culture.
Urban Sugar S’mores Donuts
Buzzfeed Names Urban Sugar Best Donuts In Maine
Everyone knows that there’s no higher honor than being named the best of in a Buzzfeed article. The article is bound to go viral, because Buzzfeed has named Urban Sugar the best donuts that can be found in Maine. Granted, Urban Sugar does have delectable mini donuts available in some crazy varieties like Ol’ Blue Eyes, The Lucy, and Southern Sugar. However, any article about donuts in Maine that doesn’t mention the Holy Donut is really missing out on an integral part of our donut world. Keep an eye out for Urban Sugar around Portland and at local events in the area. When winter hits, they’ll go back to their brick and mortar location in Sugarloaf, but they’ll be back in Portland again for the summer.
A Happy Hour $5 Cocktail At Rhum
Food & Wine Has 14 (Food) Reasons To Visit Portland
This month, Food & Wine really hits the nail on the head when they call Portland the foodiest and friendliest city in their new guide of 14 reasons to visit Portland. And when they say 14 reasons to visit Portland, what they really mean is 14 reasons to eat and drink your way through the city. Brooklyn vibes are found at culinary darling Drifters Wife, southern barbecue spot Terlingua is the perfect spot for Texas barbecue and watching a football game, and Rhum is the underground tiki spot to dive into for creatively served cocktails. Another article after another, it’s clear that Food & Wine is involved in a pretty serious love affair with Portland. Can we blame them? Keep the accolades coming!
Mainely Wraps In Portland To Close November 30th
In bittersweet food news, Portland Food Map reports that Mainely Wraps plans to close their popular Portland Mainely Wraps location on November 30th. Though they are planning on closing this location, they are actively looking for another location in Portland. It’s likely that they simply grew too big for their downtown location, and are searching for a bigger spot that will allow them to continue growing their business slowly but surely. Mainely Wraps has another location in Scarborough, which is sure to become extra popular while the wait for another location takes place.