Steve and Michelle Corry, owners of five fifty-five on Congress Street in Portland, plan to open a new restaurant named Petite Jacqueline at 190 State St., the former home of Evangeline. They were granted a restaurant and liquor license at a Jan. 3 City Council meeting and plan to open the French bistro-style restaurant in the spring.

The East Ender, owned by Evangeline alumnus Mitchel Gerow opened Jan. 6 in the space previously occupied by Norm’s East End Grille at 47 Middle St., next to Duckfat.

According Malone Commercial Brokers, Five Guys Burgers and Fries leased 2,900 square feet at 425 Fore St. in the Fore Street garage space in Portland’s Old Port. The restaurant will be the chain’s first location in Maine and is scheduled to open in the spring.

The owners of El Rayo Taqueria at 101 York St. in Portland plan to expand their business in both directions. Tod Dana and Alex Fisher will open a cantina in the building at 85 York St. restaurant and the River House at 231 York St. The cantina will be in a former upholstery shop that shares the parking lot with El Rayo. It will seat about 35 people and will have a full bar and light menu. It is scheduled to open in the spring.

The River House will be a 60-seat restaurant in the former Popeye’s Ice house. With the help of Cheryl Lewis and Noreen Kotts, former owners of Aurora Provisions and current chefs at El Rayo, the four plan to open the River House by late summer.

The co-owners of Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Co., Richard Pfeffer and Ed Stebbins, have been named the 2011 Maine Restaurant Association Restaurateurs of the Year. The award will be presented at the MeRA Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, March 15.

The Cumberland Farmers Market has moved from Cumberland to Falmouth for the winter months. The new location will be at Allen Sterling & Lothrop at 191 Route 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Feb. 26.

The third annual Maine Restaurant Week will take place March 1-12. The event provides diners the opportunity to eat at participating restaurants for a special three-course menu priced at either $20, $30 or $40. Some restaurants will also offer a $15 three-course lunch special. To view the list of participating restaurants and their menus, visit

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or [email protected]