SPRING IS A POPULAR time for opening new restaurants in Maine. It’s a good time to test-drive menus before the hordes of tourists arrive for the busy summer restaurant season. Here’s a look at some of the new restaurants on the horizon in the southern Maine area. Also included are some new distilleries and places to grab a cocktail.

RESTAURANTS

BLUE ROOSTER

5 Dana St., Portland

Type of food: Cafe (sandwiches, soups, etc.) open for breakfast, lunch and late night

Opening date: In about a week

blueroosterfoodco.com

BOONE’S FISH HOUSE AND OYSTER ROOM

6 Custom House Wharf, Portland

Type of food: Seafood

Opening date: Late May

CHINESE LAUNDRY

Pop-up restaurant

Type of food: Dim Sum

Opening date: Mid-April

facebook.com/TheChineseLaundry

AS-YET UNNAMED restaurant from Chris Gould, formerly of Ken Oringer’s Uni Sashimi Bar in Boston

Closing on a space in Portland soon.

Type of food: International small plates

Opening date: August

DAVID’S AND DAVID’S OPUS TEN

21 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport

Type of food: Second incarnation of David Turin’s Portland restaurants

Opening date: Hoping to have a soft opening in mid-May.

ENIO’S

347 Cottage Road, South Portland

Type of food: Mediterranean

Opening date: Late March

FOOD FACTORY MIYAKE

129 Spring St., Portland

Type of food: Japanese comfort food

Opening date: June 1

miyakerestaurants.com

IN’FINITI DISTILLATION & FERMENTATION

Union Wharf, Commercial St., Portland

Type of food: Casual — tapas, burgers, pizza

Opening date: Spring

OUTLIERS EATERY

231 York St., Portland

Type of food: Locally harvested organic food

Opening date: Late March/early April

facebook.com/OutliersEatery

SALVAGE BBQ & SMOKEHOUSE

919 Congress St., Portland

Type of food: Carolina-style barbecue

Opening date: Early June

facebook.com/SalvageBbqSmokehouse

VINLAND

593 Congress St., Portland

Type of food: Maine food from small farmers

Opening date: Summer

DRINKS

BLUE CURRENT SAKE

Kittery Point

Type of place: First sake brewery on the East Coast

Opening date: April or May

To read more about Blue Current, go to: bit.ly/WaG6Bl or

facebook.com/BlueCurrentBrewery

PORTLAND HUNT AND ALPINE CLUB

Portland location to be determined

Type of place: Cocktail bar

Opening date: Spring

huntandalpineclub.com

MAINE CRAFT DISTILLERY

101 Fox St., Portland

Type of place: Spirits distillery

Opening date: Unknown


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