Yarmouth wakes up: Otto Pizza, Hilltop Coffee come to town

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Spring quickens the air. New businesses sprout like rhubarb busting from the earth. This week, the big news in Yarmouth Village is Andy’s Handy Store will soon morph into tastes of Portland. Developer Sean Ireland purchased the corner market, which resembles Mr. Hooper’s Store (complete with awning). After interviewing 30 prospective coffee slingers, he tapped Guy […]

Is Westbrook eating Portland’s lunch?

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Last winter the beloved Full Belly Deli, a Portland institution for 28 years, closed on Brighton Avenue. The owners, hammered by rising rent and other malign forces, scoured the Old Port for a new location. After weeks of legwork they wound up with bupkis. “The numbers just didn’t work,” said owner David Rosen Wednesday. Numbers like […]

Three hours in Opus Ten

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Recently I had the pleasure of making good on a generous gift card (thanks mom) at David’s Opus Ten in downtown Portland. This Monument Square mystery took us by storm. I knew when I made the reservation, venturing into the rear of David’s to find this bistro within a bistro, Opus Ten would impress. I wasn’t prepared […]

New bistro bound for Bayside

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When the line at Bintliffs is hard to stomach and the sophisticated Back Bay Grill doesn’t match your jeans and flannel mood, enter Isa. On Thursday, husband and wife team Suzie St. Pierre and Isaul Perez open what looks to be the perfect neighborhood, corner bistro. Located on Portland Street, this “eclectic, French, Italian” bistro featuring Perez’s Latin […]