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Dining Dish: Restaurants and bakeries open for business
Portland's first gluten-free bakery will open next month at 267 Commercial St. Bam Bam Bakery will offer baked goods, coffee, tea and light lunch items. The owner and baker is Bevin McNulty.
After a nine-year hiatus, Foley's Bakery has reopened in Monument Square in Portland. The bakery is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to their website, Plush West End at 106 High St. in Portland is scheduled to open on Aug. 1. Hours are posted as Monday to Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Thursday to Sunday 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. The restaurant and lounge, formerly Katahdin, will offer cocktails and small-plate options.
Miyake moved from 129 Spring St. to 468 Fore St. in Portland and is open Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m. On Sunday, the restaurant is open from 1-9 p.m. Besides Pai Men Miyake at 188 State St. and Miyake on Fore Street, owner Masa Mayake has added a catering element to his business. According to its website, in 2012 Miyake will become the exclusive caterer at the Barn on Walnut Hill in North Yarmouth and will expand catering options to offices and private residences.
Zapoteca is open for business at 505 Fore St. in Portland. The restaurant features Mexican cuisine from a wood-fired oven, tequila flights and seasonal cocktails. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 4:30-11 p.m. on Sunday.
Dean and Kristin Bingham of Dean's Sweets at 82 Middle St. in Portland are donating a portion of each box of chocolate and caramels sold in the store and online in July to support the Maine Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Tandor Bread Co. at 845 Forest Ave. in Portland is owned by Auduai Nasar and serves homemade breads and sweet baked goods Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Linda Bean's Maine Lobster Cafe received a liquor license from the city of Portland for space in the new terminal at Portland International Jetport. Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern, 88 Main St. in Freeport, opened the weekend of July 4. The 240-seat restaurant is open at 10:30 a.m. daily, has a touch tank and lobster theater for kids and a take-out window.
Laughing Stock Farm has opened a farm stand on 79 Wardtown Road in Freeport. The stand will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2-6:30 p.m.
Canelli's Italian Restaurant at 705 Route 1 in Yarmouth is open for business. The restaurant is in the former Down East Village Restaurant space and is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday at 4 p.m.
The newly renovated Falmouth Sea Grill at 215 Foreside Road is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m.. Customers can enjoy a revised menu with some original favorites and new items created by Chef David Connolly. The first floor features an indoor and outdoor bar, fire pit and garage-door style windows that open to Casco Bay. The second floor is expected to open in September for banquets and large parties.
Cultivating Community will host a series of dinners at Turkey Hill Farm, 120 Old Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, throughout the summer and fall. The Twilight Dinners include three-course meals cooked by local chefs that highlight local and seasonal foods. On July 28 from 6-8 p.m. David Iovino from the Blue Spoon in Portland will be the featured chef. On Aug. 11 the dinner features Joe Fournier and Brad Messier from Rosemont Market and Bakery; Guy Hernandez of Bar Lola in Portland will cook on Aug. 25; Cultivating Community Youth Growers, Aurora Provisions and the cooks of Turkey Hill Farm will prepare the meal on Sept. 1; and Jonah Fertig and Meara Smith of Local Sprouts will cook on Sept. 8. The cost is $25 per person. To purchase tickets, visit Brown Paper Tickets.
The Clara Burke Kitchen, created by local entrepreneur Stephanie Hedlund, allows people to have home-cooked, locally grown food prepared and delivered to their home or office. It operates out of shared commercial kitchen space in South Portland, and delivers to residents in Portland, South Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Freeport, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Gray, New Gloucester, Windham and Poland. Hedlund offers prepared meals, dinner party catering, party platters and workshops.