All posts by Kathleen Pierce

Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.

Full Belly Deli reopens as Rosen’s in Westbrook


Squeals of delight and mile-high corned beef sandwiches sailed through the air. The holiday weekend was over, but on Tuesday when Rosen’s Deli opened for the first time, the celebration had just begun. The long-awaited reinvention of Portland’s dearly departed Full Belly Deli opened in its new location by the same owners in downtown Westbrook. […]

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


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?


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


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 […]