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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The b.good burger franchise that’s going into 15 Exchange St. will open Sept. 19 and be the first restaurant in the burger chain to serve local craft beer.
B.good restaurants are known for their fast food-style burgers and fries made with local ingredients – or, as the chain’s motto puts it, “food made by people, not factories.”
The Old Port restaurant’s burger meat, cheese and some of its potatoes will come from Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Its produce will be sourced from Spiller Farms in Wells, and shakes will be made with ice cream from Gifford’s, a Maine brand.
Customers will also be able to order a local beer brewed by Rising Tide, Allagash, Shipyard and Baxter.
B.good typically serves beef, chicken and turkey burgers, and salads made with ingredients that change with the seasons. The Portland franchise is owned by Bangor physician Dr. Ben Zolper and his son, Bill.
Bill Zolper is a former basketball player for the University of Southern Maine who graduated in 2011 with a business degree. He discovered the b.good chain in Boston and then asked his father to go into business with him.
The space the Portland restaurant is filling was formerly occupied by 15 Exchange Grille and Walter’s.
The restaurant’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The Boston-based b.good chain was founded in 2004 by Anthony Ackil and Jon Olinto. The chain has about a dozen restaurants, most of them located in Massachusetts.Tweet
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
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