David’s KPT, the restaurant at the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel in Kennebunkport that abruptly closed in October, has been reincarnated as The Boathouse Restaurant, a place with “maritime chic” interiors and a (yum) lobster bar. The restaurant, located at 21 Ocean Ave., is owned by the Kennebunkport Resort Collection and its executive chef is John Shaw, a Kennebunk native who spent seven years at The Tides Beach Club.

A lobster bar may conjure images of lobsters drinking martinis, but you’ll find chilled lobster tail and lobster tacos there. Look for Maine oysters as well, along with scallop crudo and other food from the sea. (Maybe it should have been called The Seafood Bar?)

Lunch and dinner are being served at The Boathouse Restaurant daily from noon to 9 p.m.

EAT THE KENNEBUNKS

The Kennebunkport Festival was canceled after Kevin Thomas, the owner of the company that sponsors it, was accused of sexual harassment. Now the festival is back on, after several businesses and residents banded together to save it. But if it’s still too pricey for your pocketbook (some events cost $100-$200), the local Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the new Boathouse Restaurant have launched another, less expensive option. They’re calling it “Eat the Kennebunks Week,” and it’s scheduled for May 14-20.

More than a dozen local restaurants are planning multi-course prix fixe meals ($33-$35), beer and wine dinners, burger specials ($15) and cocktail classes ($60). For a full schedule, go to eatthekennebunks.com.

JUICED, TIMES TWO

Juiced, the new juice bar at 561 Forest Ave., in Portland, should get the prize for the Easiest Name to Come Up with for a New Restaurant. Owned by Jeremy Ashlock and his mother, Barbara Niccoli-Hiltz, Juiced opened in mid-April and plans a grand opening on May 26. (The original Juiced opened in Hallowell in 2014. This is a second location from the same owners.) The menu includes juices, smoothies, protein shakes, wraps ($8.50-$10) and salads ($8-$9). A 12-ounce juice, such as the Cucumber Green Tea Refresher, costs $6. If you’re not into naked juice, they also sell coffee, espresso drinks, kombucha on tap and wine cocktails, including a build-your-own mimosa. See the full menu at juicednatural.com.

Juiced is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

MOM’S IN LUCK

Local restaurants are planning too many Mother’s Day brunches and dinners to list here, but at least one spot in Portland is offering something a little different: one-stop shopping on mom’s special day. The Shop at 123 Washington Ave. is teaming up with a florist and a retail store to sell blooms and mom-friendly gifts from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. So, if you’re one of those last-minute gift givers, you can stop in for oysters (for yourself or your mom), a flower arrangement from Watershed Floral, or a handmade spoon, serving board, or jewelry from Cedar + Thrush.

Want to make your mother really happy? Pick up a specially discounted 15-gram tin of Sterling Caviar for $18. My own mother lives several states away, but I am like a mom to my nieces and nephews, so that means I can buy some of that caviar for myself, right?

SWEET TALK

Waistline watch: Dean’s Sweets in Portland has launched a new line of hot fudge and caramel sauces.

The sauces are made with heavy cream from Smiling Hill Farm, butter from Kate’s Homemade Butter, and – for the caramel sauce – a touch of Maine sea salt. Neither sauce contains preservatives.

Both sauces cost $10.50 for a 9-ounce jar. Gift crates that include both sauces, or both sauces plus chocolate truffles, will be available starting May 15.

IT’S UBER CONFUSING

Soon you’ll be able to get your food truck dinner delivered via car, bike or scooter. Confused? So are we. Uber Eats, the national food delivery service that uses several modes of transport, is scheduled to arrive in Portland in mid-May, and one of its first partners will be the Truffle Truck, a new food truck that serves high-end Italian food topped with shaved truffles – the kind you’ll find in the forest, not at the local chocolatier. If I’m going to use this much transportation, maybe I’ll just buy a plane ticket to Italy.

THE EATS KEEP COMING

Westbrook continues to welcome new restaurants. This month, it’s Blazes Burgers, a no-nonsense, affordable burger joint located in the former Rosen’s Deli location at 652 Main St., and Legends Rest Taproom at 855 Main St., which will also serve burgers as well as other elevated pub food. “Elevated” means the tater tots are homemade.

BIG DAY FOR LITTLE BIGS

Hey big fans of Little Bigs, the little South Portland bakery that could, your prayers have been answered. James and Pamela Plunkett, the owners of the bakery located at 340 Main St. (Cash Corner), plan to re-open at 8 a.m. Friday after six weeks off for rest, renovations and rethinking their business model. Look for new menu items and boxed lunches to go.

Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at:

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