September 18, 2013

Food & Dining Dispatches

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“Harvey,” b.good’s truck, will be handing out free shakes at the Exchange Street franchise’s grand opening on Sept. 26.

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Over at 865 Forest Ave., across from Baxter Woods, you'll soon hear the sounds of a strolling mariachi band wafting through the neighborhood.

Casa Fiesta Mexican Bar and Grill will have outdoor dining and be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant is modeled after an existing Casa Fiesta located at 500 Mariner Way in Biddeford. It's owned by a Pennsylvania-based corporation called Casa Fiesta Forrest LLC, and will be managed by Jesus Ayala of Saco.

The sample menu features mid-priced Mexican fare, from Steak Ranchero for $12.99 to Texas fajitas for $16.99.

Italian restaurant now open at Middle Street location

Piccolo, a new modern classic Italian restaurant from husband-and-wife team Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez, opened last week at 11 Middle St., the former location of Bresca.

Piccolo will serve dinner five nights a week, from Wednesday through Sunday, from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

For reservations, call 747-5307.

B.good franchise reschedules Exchange Street opening

The b.good burger franchise that's going into 15 Exchange St. has pushed back its opening to Sept. 26.

Its grand opening will feature live music, games and free shakes from the b.good shake truck, "Harvey." Everyone who signs up to be a part of the "b.good family" at will receive a free burger and fries.

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 come 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. The Maine b.good restaurant will be the first in the chain to serve local craft beer.

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.


Kids' class on making bagels set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday

"Measuring Up! -- Cooking for Kids" will hold a class from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday for kids who want to learn how to make homemade New York bagels and cream cheese.

The class is limited to 12 participants and costs $25 per child. To register, call 885-0611.

Measuring Up is located at 25 Plaza Drive, Unit 8.


Oscars New American opens this month at 305 Route 1

Oscars New American is scheduled to open this month at 305 Route 1.

On the restaurant's Facebook page, chef/owner Nick Krunkkala calls the restaurant "a farm-to-table concept focusing on local ingredients. We make everything in-house from our bread to our ice cream."

Apparently some of the desserts in the works include black pepper ice cream and cranberry mascarpone stuffed doughnuts.

-- Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer


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