Dining Dish: New taco place in Portland, Silly's adds a bar, kitchen tours in Freeport, Great Impasta goes green

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The owners of Nosh Kitchen Bar are planning to open a taco restaurant at 548 Congress St. Taco Escobar is currently under construction and is scheduled to open this fall.

Deux Cochon in the Public Market House in Portland has closed. According to a recent Facebook post, owner Adam Alfter wrote “Due to an unforeseen change of wind direction, Deux Cochon has unfortunately been put on immediate kibosh. Stay tuned for future Deux Cochon battle cries.”

East End Cupcakes recently opened at 426 Fore St. The business is committed to using local eggs, cream and butter to bake the cupcakes.

Silly’s, located at 40 Washington Ave., is planning to open Silly’s with a Twist right next door. The new space, located at 38 Washington Ave., will serve Silly’s menu, but will include a bar.

Also new to the neighborhood is Fez, a Mediterranean restaurant, located at 30 Washington Ave.

Owners of the Venue Music Bar located at 865 Forest Ave. in Portland, will reopen the restaurant with a different name – 865 Forest. The restaurant is at the same location and will feature the same concept but with a new staff and a different name. A draft menu submitted to the City of Portland as part of a liquor license application includes wraps, salads, burgers and sandwiches. They also plan to include an outside seating area for 25 patrons.

After extensive renovations, the White Cap Grille has opened at 164 Middle St. on the corner of Middle and Market streets. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., chef Tim Eaton serves lunch, dinner and late night offerings highlighting local Maine products and Northern New England cuisine.

In September, the Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the first Freeport Kitchen Tour. Seven different local kitchens in the Freeport area will be featured from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will visit a variety of homes, from newly constructed homes to 200 year old farm houses.

Tickets are $20 each and available on line at freeportmainechamber.com. A portion of the proceeds will support Habitat for Humanity.

Ricetta’s of Falmouth, located at The Shops in Falmouth Village on Route 1, announced a grand re-opening with the name Ricetta’s Ristorante

Binga’s Wingas Portland location, 77 Free St., will be closed on Sundays and Mondays and will re-open 7 days a week after Labor Day. The Yarmouth location, 907 Route 1, will stay open Sundays and Mondays.

In Brunswick, the Green Restaurant Association recently named The Great Impasta at 42 Maine St., a Certified Green Restaurant. Restaurant owner Alisa Coffin and her staff implemented a number of environmental steps such as using a recycling system and not using Styrofoam products.

The Scarborough City Council approved a food handlers license and liquor license on July 20 for Colorado-based Red Robin Gourmet Burger chain on 800 Gallery Blvd.

A new owner has taken over Ocean House Pizza in Cape Elizabeth. Bob Gikas received his beer and wine license at an Aug. 8 Council meeting.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.