The new Batson River Brewing & Distilling in Portland is inspired by Maine’s outdoor heritage. It has a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, two stylish full bars, and a menu of sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Batson River Brewing & Distilling also has a location in Kennebunk and a forthcoming one in Biddeford.


The team at Helm. Photo Helm.

Helm Oyster Bar & Bistro is the latest addition to downtown Portland’s culinary scene. The restaurant has an outdoor patio with water views.

Pacifico gives fresh, local Maine ingredients a Latin flair in this new restaurant in downtown Saco, located in one of the city’s historic mill buildings.

A dish at Front & Main. Photo Front & Main.


Front & Main is located in the new Lockwood Hotel in Waterville, which was planned and built by Colby College. The restaurant opened in March 2021 as part of an overall development to bring new vitality to downtown Waterville. It features contemporary American cuisine and showcases locally sourced food and beverages.


Photo Maine Tasting Center.

The Maine Tasting Center will open in Wiscasset in June 2021. It’s a one-stop shop for learning, tasting and buying all that Maine produces. Visitors will be able to learn about local food products and industries, enjoy cooking lessons and purchase Maine products.