Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Thompson’s Point first restaurant opens

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Reams of locals and vacationers careered into Thompson’s Point Wednesday for the opening of Big J’s Chicken Shack. From the freshly mounted subway tiles, to the boxes of sauced wings, plates of waffles and chicken, and grilled chicken sandwiches topped with bacon and cheese, the new restaurant from Portland’s tastemaker Jason Loring seems like another […]

Hamilton sing-along in Portland

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The smash musical “Hamilton” has been sold out for months. Grab a vicarious slice of the action Thursday, when Cast Aside Productions hosts a Hamilton Sing-Along in Congress Square Park. Give a holla to the 10-dollar founding father and flex your vocal chords with scores of Hamheads expected to gather for this impromptu rapfest. Here’s how it works: […]

OTTO’s sandwich spot Hero folds in Portland

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Hero today, gone tomorrow. It’s hard out here for a sandwich shop. On Monday, Hero, the months old lunch counter, launched as a joint venture from the owners of OTTO and Empire Chinese Kitchen, abruptly closed leaving downtown Portland office workers, addicted to their rotisserie chicken sandwiches and deluxe soups, wondering where their next gourmet feed is […]

Portland wine bar named one of America’s best new restaurants

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The Drifters Wife, Portland’s Washington Ave. gem, got a big mention in Bon Appetit this week. How big? One of 50 best new restaurants in the U.S. big. The glossy mag calls out chef Ben Jackson’s “elegant shareable plates” combined with “unfiltered biodynamic wines from France and Italy that are all the rage these days.” The […]

After launch, Scales chef exits for smaller venue

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Exit stage left. The instrumental chef who launched Scales’ creative menu, adding an edge to New England traditional fare, fries his last squid tonight. To fill Mike Smith’s place in this stunning waterfront restaurant, two chefs step up: Frederic Eliot and Travis Olson. Smith leaves the top post at Scales in Portland after a four month stint. […]