Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Portland restaurant makes Condé Nast Traveler’s world’s best list


The permanent line outside Eventide Oyster Co. on Middle Street just got longer. Yesterday the editors of Conde Nast Traveler, a well-fed bunch, released their first ever best places in the world to eat list and the bivalve hotspot is the only Maine mention. “The oyster bar of your dreams: briny half-shells most likely harvested that […]

Anthony Bourdain has advice for Portland restaurateurs

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Attention Brooklynites, if you are thinking of opening a restaurant in Portland, Anthony Bourdain has advice for you. “Make sure that the locals love you. When you go into a community that’s not yours make friends with your neighbors. Be positive rather than negative. Become part of the community,” said the globetrotting chef, writer and […]

Another Portland gallery departs


Cracks have appeared in the splintering Portland art scene this summer. The latest aftershock is the closing of 3Fish Gallery in November. “It will be sad,” said owner Ron Spinella, seated in his Cumberland Street art space Wednesday announcing the news. “A number of people are disappointed.” The last show, featuring the work of painter Britta Bruce, […]

Thompson’s Point first restaurant opens


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


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


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 […]