It’s spring and it’s raining food and restaurant news:

The second location of Elsmere BBQ in Portland’s Deering Center opened Tuesday at 476 Stevens Ave.

In other barbecue news, Jonathan St. Laurent has opened his “pop-up” version of Uncle Billy’s at 539 Deering Ave., in Portland’s Woodfords Corner. Word is the restaurant has the same jukebox filled with 45s from the original Uncle Billy’s in South Portland 28 years ago.

Lio, chef Cara Stadler’s newest restaurant, opened this week at 3 Spring St., in Portland.

Duckfat’s Frites Shack is now open at 43 Washington Ave., selling not only their Belgian fries but milkshakes, salads and craft sodas as well. The window opens at noon daily.

Sagamore Hill, a bar inspired by Teddy Roosevelt, has opened at 150 Park St., in the Lafayette Arms. When the political news of the day gets you down, try one of their presidentially inspired cocktails.

Alysia Zoidis, owner of East End Cupcakes, has announced she’s closing her Old Port shop to concentrate on wholesale and special events.


• Portland’s Tate House Museum is holding its 5th annual Colonial Tea for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event features hot and cold teas from Nellie’s Tea in South Portland, and treats from the museum’s own Colonial Sunshine Caterers. This year’s theme is “Strawberries and Cream.” Admission is $16, or $12 for members. Call 774-6177 for reservations.

The Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, is offering food-themed tours of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House on the fourth Friday of each month as part of its new “Foodie Fridays” program. Guests will help make and sample a traditional dessert, and then take home a vintage recipe from the society’s collections. Tours are limited to 14 people and cost $25, or $20 for MHS members. For more information call 774-1822.

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

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